When setting up a shelter, I pick a location where there are rocks. Rocks can be used to add support to lightweight stakes. Push the stake until it is all the way into the ground and then put a rock on top of the stake. The next time someone trips over a tent line or there is a big wind, the stake is less likely to pull out, especially at 2 in the morning when the rain is coming down sideways.
-submitted by Paul “The Beeman” Cronshaw, Gossamer Gear Trail Ambassador