You need to set up a shelter fast, but don’t have the time for snow anchors to set. What pieces of multi-purpose gear can you use to set up a winter tent, shaped tarp, or flat tarp?
If I’m up in the mountains on a winter overnight, I’m going to have 2 snowshoes, 2 steel crampons, 2 hiking poles, an ice axe, and a 1 or 2 piece avalanche shovel. All of these make perfectly good snow anchors for tents, shaped tarps like the Duomid, or a flat tarp. So much so, that’s there’s little need to wait around for 60 minutes for a nylon snow anchor to scinter and harden.
For example, take the snow shelter I built today in my front yard using a flat tarp and a snow trench. I dug my trench, which didn’t take very long. Then I placed my snow shoes and hiking poles at the corners as anchors, pushing them into 3 foot deep snow, so they stuck right in. I broke my Voile avalanche shovel into two pieces and used the shovel blade and handle as 2 more anchors, followed by my ice axe. That made 7 anchors. A pair of crampons makes 2 more.
What’s nice about using all this gear as anchors is that it requires no additional weight. Zip. This use of gear like this for multiple purposes is what lightweight hiking is all about.
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