Bob wrote:The rebar thing is a legacy of cheapskates dumpster-diving for camping gear.
I kinda figured as much. A set of quality stakes is cheaper than rebar and a helluva lot smaller and lighter. Maybe whoever started the trend bought a cheap tent with those little skewer stakes that are worthless unless you're on soft dirt with no wind and thought all tent stakes were like that.
I have an idea to use two stakes with 3 guylines mated with a ring forming a Y shape. 1 guyline to the tent attached to the ring, two guylines attached to the rings to two separate stakes about a foot apart. The guyline attached to the tent would be solid, the two attached to the stakes would use a taught hitch knot. This way you can tighten easy when need be and if one gives up the other is there to fall back on. This if course is just in case since I personally do not have rebar or giant stakes with me and do not plan on using them.
Snow and ice stakes would probably work very well, no need to get the super expensive titanium ones either then. They are shaped similarly to the military stakes but longer and have holes every inch through them (so you can tie off a guyline in the middle and bury them in soft snow).
They look like these.