SMC - Perforated Snow Stake
Technical specifications & features
|Other Features||Perforated for weight savings and extra holding power
Not intended as a climbing anchor
- Fantastic for digging LNT poo holes.
At one ounce and $1.65, this is the best "trowel" on the market for responsible LNT lightweight backpackers. Carrying nothing to dig with is totally unacceptable Leave No Trace behavior. Those who claim they dig a 6-8" deep hole with a rock or their boot heel are either lying or exerting way too much effort. Putting a rock on top of a pile of poo is disgusting, damages vegetation, and is totally rude to trail workers looking for rocks to build water bars.
Plus, when the soil is just right, it works as a tent stake :-)
- Only terrible at everything
- I've tried to use these several time with my single wall 4 season North Face tent and found that they are pretty horrible at everything you'd ever want from a tent stake. I've never gotten them to hold in snow (North Dakota/Minnesota/Colorado) and they end up just being irritating metal bits laying around the perimeter of your tent. Stomping in soft snow doesn't work, Pounding with ice axes into hard neve just leaves a hard sided slot to dangle in. The lip is small and wind easily flips the guys off the edge, unless you try to tighten them incredibly hard which will never happen because after decent tension occurs the stakes rip out. I've tried burying them and tying off to the middles but you have to bury the corners of your tent to get them anywhere deep enough to begin to hold. Also, they're heavy and the offset lip makes them difficult to pound straight in, and I'm usually the tent peg savant who just sinks it perfectly when no one else can. If the snow is shallow or you encounter frozen ground the very blunt tip ensures that you will blast away and shatter/ compress the ground like you were trying to drive a sledgehammer head into the ground sideways. If you had plenty of water you could experiment with freezing them into snow and then chopping them all back out the next morning, but I'd still trust a single upwind coyote picket more than 100 of theses terrible stakes. Do not trust an expensive (or needed) tent to stay put from these.
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