Tent peg mallet?

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Tent peg mallet?

Postby Sooper8 » 28 Apr 2013, 9:22pm

Hi,

I have done a fair bit of camping over many years, and have done a fair bit of cycling- but the week after next I am touring on my bike and camping for the first time.

It has only just gone through my mind that I don't know what to do about a peg mallet.

I am never without one when I am camping but that's with the luxury of the space of a car or van boot to keep it in. It's hard rubber and very heavy and I am not sure I want to carry it on my bike...

Do cycle campers carry a mini light weight mallet or do you rough it out with a big rock? ( in all my time, I guess I've only forgotten the mallet maybe twice and had to resort to using a rock and I found it a thoroughly wretchedly unpleasant experience that I didn't want to repeat it ever again )

Can you share your experiences please?

Thanks in advance
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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby meic » 28 Apr 2013, 9:27pm

There is this thread

viewtopic.php?f=16&t=35767&hilit=camping+mallet#wrapheader

and others that have discussed it.
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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby gordy » 28 Apr 2013, 9:56pm

Sooper8 wrote:Hi,

Can you share your experiences please?



A mallet? I've only ever used one with wooden pegs and huge tents. My Vango metal pegs always go in fine when stood on. I've pitched a hundred times, at least, and it has never, ever occurred to me that a mallet would make my life easier.

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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby Sooper8 » 28 Apr 2013, 11:01pm

Cheers both - just read the previous posting about it.
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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby al_yrpal » 28 Apr 2013, 11:28pm

I carry a plastic one, it weighs almost nothing and has a peg extractor in it. Cost about three quid.

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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby nez dans le guidon » 28 Apr 2013, 11:47pm

If it weighs almost nothing how does it bash?

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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby simonineaston » 29 Apr 2013, 7:23am

Several pitching instruction videos specifically advise against treading on pegs to drive them home, the reason being that its too easy to apply the force at the wrong angle and so bend the peg. Instead, they say, use a rock or pebble. See 3.35 at this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siZpFAPNWtc
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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby foxyrider » 29 Apr 2013, 2:33pm

I use a cheap, it was £1 at York rally, wooden mallet, as light as the 'light' offerings but beefy enough to get the pegs in even pretty hard ground.
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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby andrew_s » 29 Apr 2013, 2:40pm

I use either my foot or a rock, depending on ground hardness and the availability of suitable rocks.
Yes, you can bend a peg with your foot if you are careless, but you can with a rock too, or even a pukka mallet.

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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby andymiller » 29 Apr 2013, 5:58pm

al_yrpal wrote:I carry a plastic one, it weighs almost nothing and has a peg extractor in it. Cost about three quid.

Al


Me too. Get pegs into hard ground without ruining my shoes or breaking the pegs. If I camped somewhere the ground was usually soft then I might not bother, but here in Italy it's usually very hard.
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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby al_yrpal » 29 Apr 2013, 7:00pm

The plastic mallet bashes really well. They are everywhere in camping shops. Trouble is everyone pinches it!


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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 29 Apr 2013, 8:51pm

Hi,
What you taking a Marquee :?:
No mallet needed, you just push and twist as you go.
If its rocky under the grass, angle the peg and place rock on top to hold.
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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby tatanab » 29 Apr 2013, 9:06pm

If I cannot get pegs in then I just ask the campsite owner/warden or car campers if they have one I could borrow.

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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby nez dans le guidon » 29 Apr 2013, 9:13pm

They'll have the plastic one confiscated earlier from al yrpal. Elf and safety

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Re: Tent peg mallet?

Postby Mr. Viking » 29 Apr 2013, 11:47pm

I always tread on the metal pegs. They do bend more often, but pegs are pretty cheap and disposable. Only found a need for a mallet when using wooden pegs for a Black's Icelandic when I was in the scouts. They could have been used to peg down a road bridge I reckon and we were constantly breaking wooden mallets on them