Last edited by rocketsocks; 07-22-2012 at 07:56.
There was a discussion a while back on backpackinglight.com about using the center wire from a throttle cable as tent pegs. The poster had a homemade tent constructed with window film and homemade wire stakes. The whole outfit was very light. He made stakes out of 7 or 8" lengths of the cable wire and bent a complete loop at the top so that the tent line couldn't come off the peg. You can find the article on the Philmont forum on backpackinglight.com under "homemade tents".
I tried it but didn't think it held good enough.
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Spokes? I thought of all people you would use spokes. My bad.
Maybe DT's flat blade spokes used for racing? No temptation, there?
Well, I like the idea of bamboo skewers. If they don't work out well, at least I could kebabs.
I do like these lightweight stakes. http://gossamergear.com/shelters/tit...v-stake-2.html
I like Z-packs 1.5 mm Z-Line Spectra Cord and Micro Line Loc Guy Line Adjuster. http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/spectra_cord.shtml
edit: I don't like the idea of fishing line in the woods. It kills grazing animals, if any is left around. I also don't like to see it hanging from branches of trees, if used to bear bag.
Last edited by Connie; 07-22-2012 at 10:32.
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Thanks for the video.. I got turn on to this Zing-It line from HF.. Looks like im going to check this out as well..Thanks,HS
Not sure about the bike spokes.... I use a very light weight aluminum stake that came with my Sierra Design Tent. They bend pretty easily if you are not careful, but they seem to hold in the ground pretty good.
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I just gotta say, how much weight can be saved by using fishing line vs. mason's line vs. spectra, I mean I know there's a difference but, Dam really!, even the titanium spokes available can't weigh much more than a spoke, what's all the hoopla? I guess it's a gram weenie thing
something to think about this codage is strong enough to make your rain fly the weakest link, and will probably tear the bageezis out of it in a strong wind.i would definately tie some bungie cord type material on the ends of the zing it line to have some give.wouldnt want to be in the middle of nowhere with no rain fly.
About stakes: I've found that most places on the AT, the titanium skewer stakes I've used don't have much holding power (sand or duff). They work best in good solid turf grasses (sod) or compacted mineral soil (you can find that pretty easily, but it's often full of rocks which prevent good stake placement). I've recently been using a combination of MSR Groundhog and Kelty No-bendium eight side (or is it six? - I'm not getting up to look ) aluminum stakes. Ti skewer stakes don't have much surface area, so they tend to pull out on wet, windy days and nights.
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