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Jaywalker
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11/12/2019 05:50PM
There is a chance I will head to northern MN next week for a few days with my Snowtrekker Basecamp, which requires 9 or so stakes to set up. In deep snow, I use a mix of snow/sand stakes and/or deadman branches. But there may not be enough snow where Im going yet, and I'm wondering about what stakes might be best. I once used my summer MSR Groundogs, but they were beasts to get back out requiring a lot of boiled water and patience. Anyone have better suggestions?
 
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Tomcat
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11/12/2019 08:04PM

Campcraft
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11/12/2019 08:19PM
Ring shank pole barn nails. Only drive in as much as needed. Take along something to pull them out.
billconner
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11/12/2019 08:24PM
Barn spikes. Like 10 or 12" ones.
Gadfly
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11/13/2019 09:40AM
billconner: "Barn spikes. Like 10 or 12" ones. "
This is what I have used in the past as well and I felt they worked well. They even work well when camping on the ice.
Minnesotian
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11/13/2019 04:03PM
Gadfly: "billconner: "Barn spikes. Like 10 or 12" ones. "
This is what I have used in the past as well and I felt they worked well. They even work well when camping on the ice. "


+3 Used them as well and they work just fine.
Gman42
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11/22/2019 11:54AM


This is what I use. They're marketed at ice fishing pop up shelters, but work just a good in the frozen ground. They're easy to remove as well. You just screw them in the ground; then reverse when breaking camp. I've only broken one and I've been using them for years.
JoshP
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11/27/2019 10:18AM
I’ve been using 6” lag bolts with a mini wrench for years with perfection.
May take a tad longer to install and remove, but I know it works with no fuss.
Jaywalker
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11/30/2019 09:43AM
Thanks everyone. I went with 10 inch barn spikes, which I was surprised were only 45 cents each. Pounded them in about half way, fearing they would be hard to extract after 5 days but they were not. Just two lateral taps from the back of my axe and they came up. Actually had the back one come loose when a large clump of wet snow fell from a red pine. I really expected they would be harder to get out after my experience with ground hogs, but it was no big deal at all.
 
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