Tip #2: Make Ultralight Deadman Stakes — Normal tent stakes don’t work well on sand, snow, and other unstable ground. A cheap, simple solution for secure tent-pitching on snow or sand, you can make a “deadman” anchor with wood dowels.
Instead of staking these in, you bury them horizontally, the deeper the better, to create a strong anchor. These six-inch wood anchors can weigh less than an ounce each, so you won’t begrudge carrying a few if they keep your shelter more stable in the night.
Step 1: Cut a 3/4-inch wooden dowel or other non-temperature-conducting material into six-inch-long sections. Sand the ends smooth so they don’t tear tent fabric.
Step 2: Drill a hole through the center of the dowel and tie an 18- to 20-inch piece of nylon cord through it. This deadman, as shown, weighs a mere 0.6 ounces.
Step 3: Attach to tent guy lines for use. Or, stow in stuff sack and attach on site when needed if you pitch your tent on unstable ground.
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