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    Staking Tarp in Soft Soil

    Got to take my new DD Tarp out this past weekend (first time I have used a tarp). The area I was hanging in had recently receive a good deal of rainfall. Thus the soil was soft. I anchored my tarp stakes at an angle and thought all was well until a big gust (30+ mph) caught one side of the tarp and blew it over me to the other side. This happened around 4 am and was a little unnerving.

    I had the four corners of the tarp attached via Zing-It to four-sided tarp/tent stakes.

    This brings me to my question for the collective here:

    What are my options for staking in soft soil or what should I have done differently?

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    I try to find something heavy to lay on top of the stake and line. A rock, a log, whatever I can find.
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    In truly soft soil...and I mean soft with no rocks this is the stake that will hold solid. The SMC sno-tent stake.



    MSR has a version as well that is anodized red for more visibility and they just recently introduced their Cyclone stakes that are much heavier and much more expensive but look like they would hold through just about any thing.




    But like Caveman said if possible natural anchors can be the lightest solution, use whats there.



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    I dont know how to link to other threads but we just discussed this in another thread. Search the compromises of tent stakes
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    Deadmen. Dig an hole, place your stake down into it horizontally with the tarp line tied to the middle of the stake. Fill the hole in. Repeat as needed.

    Hope it helps!
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    heavy rocks work well if they're avail. the twisted msr stake seems like a huge gimmick to me. maybe if the pull was straight up the screw action would help, but forces are generally perpendicular to the stake, not in line with. surface area would be the main factor in how it holds, twisting the stake doesn't seem like it changes the surface area...making it bigger does though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveman View Post
    I try to find something heavy to lay on top of the stake and line. A rock, a log, whatever I can find.
    I agree with Caveman..in soft soil OR rocky soil- any place the stake has questionable purchase, I place a rock on top of the stake. I live in PA, so
    rocks are typically not in short supply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveman View Post
    I try to find something heavy to lay on top of the stake and line. A rock, a log, whatever I can find.
    Could have easily done this as I had access to logs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pgibson View Post
    In truly soft soil...and I mean soft with no rocks this is the stake that will hold solid. The SMC sno-tent stake.


    These look interesting, but not sure how they would be much different than what I had.

    The twisted ones look like a pain to mess with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dangerous View Post
    I dont know how to link to other threads but we just discussed this in another thread. Search the compromises of tent stakes
    Okay. I think this is the thread you were talking about:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=61135

    Just didn't see it when I searched initially.

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