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Put Rocks on Tent Stakes

rock tent stake

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

2 Responses to Put Rocks on Tent Stakes

  1. capt bivy November 30, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    I remember hiking the PCT in ’10 when 25 pound rocks were needed. Anything less and the tent would pull out because of the wind.

  2. russ zandbergen November 30, 2010 at 11:08 am #


    That is one wet rock. Sometimes the rock is ALL I get
    when ther is no, or nearly no, soil to get a stake in. Having
    extra line to ti off to a rock is a must in the Sierras.


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