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    Tarp stake alternatives

    Has anyone used anything like this for a tarp stake?
    With all of the rocks just under the surface here, I'm having a hard time with staking out the tarp. I have been looking for an alternative. Any ideas would be helpful.

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    I would guess it depends on where your camping

    they worked great when I was around a river or a creek even a few places on the AT that nice size rocks were easy to get but I found that it was hard to find big enough rocks to hold my trap in place some place

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    Yes, I have 12" squares of sil as supplementary tie-downs on my tarp. I used them at Mt. Roger last January. Fortunately I could still find rocks on Friday before the snow covered everything. 12" isn't quite big enough, though; I will change them out eventually.

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    Maybe try using some tyvek bags made from old shipping envelopes.
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    Those can also be used as snow anchors. Bury them under the snow layer and tamp it down. It holds really well, so I'm told. They would be easy enough to make. They don't have to be water proof. In a pinch some 18" bandanas could be used without much trouble. Break out the ol' thread injector and make your own. Even simpler than a stuff sack for first time project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunHiker View Post
    Maybe try using some tyvek bags made from old shipping envelopes.
    Great idea. I have just tied my guy lines to rocks. The REI bags would obviously be a much quicker remedy, but if you have some patience and practice with rocks you can get a rock solid alternative to a steak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroLozen View Post
    Great idea. I have just tied my guy lines to rocks. The REI bags would obviously be a much quicker remedy, but if you have some patience and practice with rocks you can get a rock solid alternative to a steak.
    I went years without tent stakes, I just tied off to another tree or found a rock. I broke down this year and bought 2 stakes though just to save the time of having to find rocks or deal with a less than ideal set up to save what was really just a few ounces.
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    I've used similar before for tent stakes for winter camping as Ramblinrev mentioned them working well in the snow.

    Something similar that I like to do is find some branches, tie the rope to either end of a branch forming a triangle and put a rock on top. Same idea, without having to pack anything extra along. Since Utah is more known for it's rocks than its trees, I do this most of the time instead of taking stakes.

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    Make a loop at the end of the guy line where you would normally attach it to a stake. Put a stock through the hole and put rocks or branches or anything heavy on top of the stick, preferably on either side of your line. One rock works well if there is a fork in the stick to hold the guy line in place.

    I use this method on my parents' land as it is nothing but creek rock. Doing this will not damage your (possibly shock cord and therefore somewhat fragile) guy lines.
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    Thanks for the help. I might have just found another project.

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