What tent pegs do experienced campers choose?

Going on a camping trip with one, two or more nights, experienced tourists very carefully select high-quality pegs for a tent. The comfort of the nights, and the usefulness of the rest will depend on them to a large extent.

Set of pegs for a tent

Types of Pegs

A not very positive trend of manufacturers of tourist tents, which complete with the main product put pegs of not very high quality, has long been noticed. Of course, you can pick up a tent where both the material and the extensions and pegs will last more than one season, but quite often you have to buy a spare kit and here you need to understand exactly which pegs for this tent and for this campaign are ideal.

Homemade Wooden Tent Pegs
  • Homemade wooden. Naturally, you can’t buy them in the store, but you won’t be able to cut them everywhere. There will be no problems in the forest, but in the mountains, where the trees, if any, are rather stunted, you just can’t pick up the material from which these irreplaceable elements can be cut. And you will not stick any soil so that they do not bend, break, and hold well.
  • Steel wire. The cheapest option you can buy at the store. This does not mean that they are not of high quality. If you handle them carefully and correctly, they will last a long time. But they have an unpleasant property to bend if they meet a fairly solid obstacle in their path, rotate in almost any type of soil and are too easily removed. So easy that a strong gust of wind can pull them out.
  • Aluminum wire. Due to the fact that the production does not use ordinary soft aluminum, but a special alloy, these pegs bend much worse than the previous version. Other negative factors remain the same.
  • Y-shaped duralumin. Due to the three-sided stiffener and a special alloy, these pegs are so hard that they hold the tent well in any kind of soil. The only relative drawback is the difficulty of extracting even from soft soil.
  • Y-shaped titanium. More durable, but also more expensive.
  • Whip. Designed for mountain hiking, when the tent has to be installed on rocky soil.
Spiral peg for loose soil

Someone may say: buy the most durable option and you can no longer bother. However, experienced tourists with this statement are willing to argue. After a hard day, during which several kilometers of cross country were hanging behind and on their backs, spending extra effort to drive strong, stable, but quite heavy and difficult to handle pegs means to get tired even more. Especially when the place allows you to use a simpler option.

Pegs for a winter tent

This problem is most interesting for ice fishing enthusiasts. But there are tourists who go on multi-day trips in the winter and set up their tents not on hard ice, but on loose snow. Both the first and the second options have their own nuances.

Factory-made peg-wrench
  • Covers for ice. This type of pegs has long been well known to fishermen who easily make them at home. They have the principle of self-tapping screws, screwed into the ice from not very strong effort. At a certain skill it takes no more than 5-7 minutes to set up a tent. In stores, you can buy ready-made vertices for the tent, they are conveniently designed, but somewhat expensive.
  • For the snow. Setting up a tent on loose snow is not as easy as setting up a tent on the sand. There are special pegs in the form of anchors, operating according to the principle clear from the name. But if such devices are not available, the pegs are driven in at an angle of 45 degrees to full depth. There is also a technology based on the so-called bags, which are filled with the same snow and buried at maximum depth.
Setting up a tent on ice with screwdrivers is understandable. But putting her in the forest is not so simple. A strong gust of wind can tear out any peg. In this case, it is recommended not to use pegs at all, but to attach extensions to the branches or trunks of nearby trees.

DIY pegs

As already mentioned, pegs for a tent of any configuration and strength are not so difficult to make independently at home from improvised materials. Aluminum or steel strips that bend along are sharpened at one end, and holes for stretch marks are drilled in the opposite. The same screwdrivers can be made from conventional anchor bolts with a wide thread pitch. Well, of course, cut the pegs from the branches in the forest. Even a novice tourist can handle this. The main thing is to choose not too thin branches and carry a sharp knife or a small hatchet to sharpen a peg from one end.

A well established tent is not just a resting place before the next leg of the journey. It should be dry, windproof and as comfortable as possible. And then, having a good rest, you continue your trip with fresh strength and a wonderful mood.

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