Originally Posted by BillyBob58
Lot of good tips already mentioned, but my favorite, when possible: use no stakes. I tie to bushes, trees,roots or logs if I can reach them and if they will allow my tarp to be pitched in storm pitch when needed. I always have the stakes with me, but use as few as possible. The strength of these anchors almost always beats the pants off anything I can do with UL stakes. I often carry some extra line to enable me to reach some natural anchors.
+1 to this. Or failing this method, I have been able to place my stakes in the ground tucked right up tight to a sizeable tree root. They sure don't pull out when you do that!