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    what do you guys use to drive in stakes?

    Hey everyone,

    I'm in the process of getting my backpack together for hiking and am trying to figure out what to use to drive my stakes in? I have been carrying a rubber mallet that I shortened the handle on but was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions? I often seem to find spots that are hard to drive stakes so not carrying anything isn't a good idea.

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    what do you guys use to drive in stakes?

    If the ground is soft, i use the heel of my shoe by stepping on the stake, being carful to stay lined up with the shaft of the stake.

    If the ground is rocky, I usually don't have to look far to find a rock to use as a hammer. I also can use the butt end of my knife.
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    I can't say I've ever heard of anyone carrying something specifically to drive stakes. Seems like a ton of weight for a single-purpose item. If you can't push it in with your boot, you're probably in rocky terrain; grab a rock and smack it. ;p

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    If the ground is soft, i use the heel of my shoe by stepping on the stake, being carful to stay lined up with the shaft of the stake.

    If the ground is rocky, I usually don't have to look far to find a rock to use as a hammer. I also can use the butt end of my knife.
    +1 to this. This is exactly what I do.
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    The poll of my hatchet.

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    IMO a mallet is way to heavy for me to just serve one purpose. My Varga titanium stakes go in the ground easily with my boot, or a rock, or a downed tree limb.
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    I always just use my boot and push them in, rock or stick also if rocky or frozen ground
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    A rock or the back of my hatchet if I have it along.

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    I've found that usually if the the ground is too rocky to simply push my stakes in then I can usually find rocks big enough to tie off to instead.
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    I predrill the hole with a cordless drill...

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