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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    As usual, it's location-location-location ... Many times those same rocks can be used as stakes so if you forget them there are options.

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    I love the photo! This is a great idea and I use this same stick & rock trick all the time. A lot of the places that I go backpacking in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and (particularly) Pennsylvania are really rocky, so I'll often save weight by not taking stakes at all.

    I usually try to find flatter rocks though when I can. There have been several instances when I used a roundish rock like the one depicted (even a really heavy one) that just rolled right over the stick when a good gust of wind caused the tarp to suddenly jerk the guy line. Actually ... and don't ask me to explain the physics ... but I think the stick was actually pulled under the rock while the rock rolled over the top of it, sort of like the string pulling under a yo-yo. A heavy flatter rock and a fatter stick can help minimize that issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PopcornFool View Post
    I love the photo! This is a great idea and I use this same stick & rock trick all the time. A lot of the places that I go backpacking in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and (particularly) Pennsylvania are really rocky, so I'll often save weight by not taking stakes at all.

    I usually try to find flatter rocks though when I can. There have been several instances when I used a roundish rock like the one depicted (even a really heavy one) that just rolled right over the stick when a good gust of wind caused the tarp to suddenly jerk the guy line. Actually ... and don't ask me to explain the physics ... but I think the stick was actually pulled under the rock while the rock rolled over the top of it, sort of like the string pulling under a yo-yo. A heavy flatter rock and a fatter stick can help minimize that issue.
    Indeed, use what Nature deposited for us!

    Yep, sometimes you've gotta stack 'em...

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    And then there's the chock method... pitched in Baxter State Park where strict adherence to the rules — which is not optional! — meant a less than ideal hang location that required some other strategies.... thou shalt not tie off to plants or roots, Commandment #74.2(b)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    Indeed, use what Nature deposited for us!
    Amen! ... Ain't that the truth!! Sometimes you just need to make do with what you have. 'Ideal' is never the norm and 'Necessity' really is the mother of invention.
    I'm a big proponent of the adage: "If it works, it ain't wrong."
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    Quote Originally Posted by PopcornFool View Post
    Amen! ... Ain't that the truth!! Sometimes you just need to make do with what you have. 'Ideal' is never the norm and 'Necessity' really is the mother of invention.
    I'm a big proponent of the adage: "If it works, it ain't wrong."
    That and my last words will probably be something like, "Well that didn't work out right"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolloff View Post
    That and my last words will probably be something like, "Well that didn't work out right"
    Or "Hold my beer while I try this..."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rolloff View Post
    That and my last words will probably be something like, "Well that didn't work out right"
    Fast forward to 1:20.



    At least I know I'll die under my own stupid actions, doing something fun. I cut it short, but on the full video I say "lets do it again". I did...and I lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneClick View Post
    At least I know I'll die under my own stupid actions, doing something fun. I cut it short, but on the full video I say "lets do it again". I did...and I lost.
    Lol just had to have another go at it! That is an impressive x-ray.

    I've had a broken coccyx, twice, glissading over rock hidden under snow. Nothing the doc can do for it... just hurts like a sumbeech for a few weeks, but it improves posture — slumping in a chair is very painful, and sitting straight up relieves it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    Lol just had to have another go at it! That is an impressive x-ray.

    I've had a broken coccyx, twice, glissading over rock hidden under snow. Nothing the doc can do for it... just hurts like a sumbeech for a few weeks, but it improves posture — slumping in a chair is very painful, and sitting straight up relieves it.
    I've done this a couple times myself. does improve posture.
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