This is one of the more general purpose elements of my gear list, but it’s worked well in a wide variety of conditions, so I can tolerate the few extra ounces that it add to my pack. The entire lot weighs about 8 ounces which is more than most of the tarps I carry these days. Most of the extra weight is in the paracord which I use instead of other cord type to save money and because it’s easier to tie friction knots with.
Types of Tent Stakes
Rather than carry one type of tent stake, I usually carry three for different soil conditions and with different levels of holding power.
- For sandy soil with a lot of buried stones in it, I like a beefier stake that’s unlikely to bend. I’ve been using a V style titanium stake that’s good for tarp corners in terms of holding power. You can thread a guy line through them or just rely on tension to hold it in the cut out notch.
- For ridgelines on a cat tarp or the main supports on a flat tarp, I like to use a 8″ Easton aluminum tent stake. They have great holding power but they weigh 14 grams each so I only bring two. This is also a good stake to use with shaped high tension tarps like a pyramid shelter.
- For tarp sides, where I don’t need a lot of holding power or in woodsy soils without a lot of rocks in them, I’ve been using a combination of short and long high visibility titanium shepards hooks.