Originally Posted by DuctTape
Once I decided to go stakeless, my perspective completetely changed. Using, finding, creating other tie off points becomes second nature. Less things to carry and lose is a bonus. In the snow, it is even easier to create a dead man anchor with a log. Others use manufactured items to bury, but run the risk of losing them.
This in one possibility. But I do not like the idea to cut several tree branches to be used as a tarp tie off points - daily. When there is 3 feet (or more) snow and ice there is no access to ground and already dead trees which lie there.
There is also living plants, bushes and small trees inside snow. Those could be used as a tie off points, but they will be damaged.
If selecting tarp site very carefully one can use surrounding bigger trees, but usually there are no such place that all guy lines could be tied to trees. And selecting camp site purely for surrounding trees makes the site selection very limited. There are more important reasons for site selection: Wind direction, water source, view... to name few.
And then there is those times when one needs to put up shelter for example on lakes ice, no trees, no nothing to use. Only skis and ski poles, but after that You can not move around in that 3 feet of snow. So using skis and such equipment is no good solution either.
Skiing and pulling the pulk in heavy snow without any trail is also very hard. After days work building the camp should be as easy as possible. And there is always the possible emergency situation, no ability to use time and effort for log hunting.
Summa summarum: "Stakeless" is fine option, but not for me and not for those trips I plan to do.