Pegs for mounting the tent: types of how to do it yourself

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

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  • Types of pegs
  • 2Peels for the winter tent
  • 3Pads with their own hands

Types of pegs

The not very positive trend of manufacturers of tourist tents, which are not complete with high quality pegs, is noted for a long time. Of course, you can pick up a tent, where both material and stretch marks and pegs will last more than one season, but quite often you have to buy a spare kit and here you need to understand well which pegs are suitable for this tent and for this hike.

wooden pegs

  • Homemade wooden. Naturally, the store does not buy them, but plan not always work out. There will be no problems in the forest, but in the mountains, where trees are, if they are, they are rather stunted, you can simply not pick up material from which these irreplaceable elements can be cut. Yes, and not any soil you stick them so that they do not bend, break, and well held.
  • Steel wire. The cheapest option of all that you can buy in the store. This does not mean that they are not of high quality. If you handle them carefully and correctly, they will last long enough. But they have the unpleasant property of bending if they encounter a sufficiently solid obstacle in their path, rotate in almost any kind of soil, and are too easily removed. It is so easy that a strong gust of wind can snatch them.
  • Aluminum wire. Due to the fact that the production is not used the usual soft aluminum, and a special alloy, these pegs bend much worse than the previous version. The remaining negative factors remain the same.
  • Y-shaped duralumin. Because of the tripartite stiffener and special alloy, these pegs are so hard that they hold the tent well in any kind of soil. The only relative disadvantage is the difficulty of extracting even from soft soil.
  • Y-shaped titanium. Even more durable, but also more expensive.
  • Whip Designed for mountain trips, when the tent has to be set on rocky soil.
  • spiral pegSomeone can say: buy the most durable option and more you can not bother. However, experienced tourists are ready to argue with this statement. After a hard day, during which several kilometers over rough terrain hung behind his back and on his feet, spending extra efforts to drive in strong, stable, but rather heavy and difficult to handle pegs – this means getting tired even more. Especially when the place allows you to use a simpler option.

    Pegs for the winter tent

    This problem most of all takes fans of ice fishing. But there are tourists who, in winter, go on many days hikes and set up their tents not on solid ice, but on loose snow. Both for the first and second variants have their own nuances.


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

    DIY pegs

    As already mentioned, the pegs for the tent of any configuration and strength is not so difficult to make yourself at home from scrap materials. Aluminum or steel strips, which are folded along, are sharpened at one end, and holes for stretch marks are drilled at the opposite end. The same screws can be made from ordinary anchor bolts with a wide thread pitch. And, of course, cut the pegs from the branches in the forest. Even a beginner tourist can handle it. The main thing is to choose not too thin branches and have a sharp knife or a small hatchet with you to sharpen the peg at 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 will continue your hike with fresh strength and good mood.

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