Pegging down a tent in Iceland can apparently be challenging, but since the foul weather had us staying in a couple of extra huts than we’d planned and even speeding up the journey by a day we didn’t get much chance to find out.
I normally carry titanium “shepherd’s hook” tent stakes. They are extremely light and strong and manage to wheedle their way into all kinds of stony ground that other stakes have trouble with. I’ve also found them surprisingly secure even in conditions that have seen poles bent and other tents destroyed.
But if you really need to put some force behind them – you can’t. Whacking them with a rock won’t work.
So I also carried six Alpkit Tikes. But to be honest I never really had to test them properly and since then I’ve seen a couple bend on a friend’s tent.
|So I’ve just taken delivery of the much praised Y Pegs from Clamcleat. Mentioned by *PTC, and also by a very good BPL article (sorry, subscription only – but it’s well worth it).|
In case it was simply too rocky to get a stake in I also carried some modified Exped Snow & Sand Anchors (click the “english” button lower left, then under Products -> Tents -> Tent Accessories). They were simply modified by having the unnecessarily and completely inexplicably heavy gear-cord removed and replaced with some of good old backpackinglight.co.uk’s Dyneema.
But so far – they’re still unused. I’m just waiting for a chance to try them out in snow…
Though one of the Iceland crew has just moved out to Dubai for a while so may well be trying his out in sand shortly!
Edit 30/03/2010: I can’t believe that I originally forgot to mention we used the slightly modified Terra Nova Voyager Superlite in Iceland. However, since we were moving partly hut-to-hut I think if we did it again we’d use the Terra Nova Laser Competition that we squeeze into. Whilst I’m mentioning it, you might find some of the Tent Tips I posted useful in Iceland.