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I sleep in my tent 2 days a week in the summer. I never stake mine down. I don't even know where my stakes are actually.

There is a reason for this and no its not laziness.

Storytime!

One day I was drying out my tent in my back yard. I always used to stake it down so it wouldn't blow away. Sometimes I would be forgetful and leave it out over night which was a crap shoot as to if it would be more dry or less dry (condensation!) in the morning.

One night however, A nasty storm cell ripped through town at midnight. Typical t-storm wind, rain, and enough noise to wake me up. I looked out my window at my tent and thought "Crap! My tent! .....Ah, what the hell, it's staked down. It will be fine." and I went back to sleep.

Next morning I wake up. First thing I do is look out the window to inspect my tent. Uh oh! Tent is gone!

So I go out and poke around the neighbors yard to see if I can find it -- nope! Nowhere to be seen. I then resolved myself to look for it as I drove to work. Luck had it that I found the poor soaking wet wad of tent in a parking lot 1/4 mile away. I stashed it in my trunk and dealt with it later. This is why my fly is covered with duct tape. There are about 1000 tiny holes from it being scraped along the asphalt.


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Moral of the story -- stakes are useless in wind. You tent will act like a sail. Even if its well staked it will probably get tossed.

That why I put a cinder block in my tent now when I dry it out. Also, I put heavy things in my tent if I am leaving it up somewhere. 90% of the time you are "base camping" there is a fire ring -- just put one of those rocks in there. Yes, Caveman era technology does win over space age magnesium stakes once in a while. If you have magnesium stakes, toss them in the fire -- they'll burn really bright once they ignite.


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