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    +2 on the branches,,,,and pile some rocks against them. In the eighties i used to have to camp on the west coast of BC in March which means gale force winds sometimes . I would put a 2" thick branch thru the tent peg loops and pile rocks on it. Worked great.

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    This is what you need. They are cheep. They are steel. They will not break. You can hammer them into frozen ground with ease and just give them a whack to loosen them when ready to pull them out.

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    Question

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    what do you use to anchor your tarp in frozen ground? tried aluminum gutter spikes but they bent.

    i have snow anchors but not enough snow to use them.
    I'm not very familiar with conditions in the great frozen north, but if it's really that severely cold, what about simply freezing some line to the ground with a bit of water?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    I'm not very familiar with conditions in the great frozen north, but if it's really that severely cold, what about simply freezing some line to the ground with a bit of water?

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    I like the idea of laying a long log (something between a walking stick and a true log in diameter) parallel to your tarp and using it for both tie outs. I haven't had to resort to this yet, but if I get into a situation where stakes and snow anchors aren't an option that'd be my go to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayson View Post
    You can get galvanized steel spikes that are 5" ish. Can be pounder into frozen ground with a hammer or hatchet with out bending.
    I usually have unfrozen ground in winter under snow cover, but if not, I have sometimes brought a steel spike to make holes into which I put my ti stakes. That way I only have to carry one heavy spike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Reason~ View Post
    Then what happens when you need to go?
    Pour warm water on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallkniven View Post
    Pour warm water on it.
    Same goes for your frozen stakes. Hot water on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rain Man View Post
    I'm not very familiar with conditions in the great frozen north, but if it's really that severely cold, what about simply freezing some line to the ground with a bit of water?

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    Since I do not carry stakes ever, the method I use is similar, but instead of freezeing the line to the ground, I freeze a stick which has a branch sticking up so I can tie off to that.

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    My problem has always been getting them out of frozen ground. The ground hogs go into the frozen stuff pretty easy with a wack from a stick or something. Pouring hot water around the base f the stake to loosen it up sounds like a good idea if you have water and fuel to spare.

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