August 17th, 2007
In our NC beach explorations with the Cashion family, we enjoy using their large Quest 12X12 foot first-up tent. However, securing any tent on gusty days can be difficult. In the past we have tried the included stakes and pegs with minimal success.
This year Mike went to REI to ask them the best way to secure the tent in soft sand. The first potential solution were expensive corkscrew type tent peg holders; however, these seemed an excessive solution. The REI salesman suggested a common technique used in securing tents in the snow. By filling simple 7 X 15 inch “stuff bags” with wet sand, strong anchors would be created. The sale price that day was impressive at 3-4 dollars per bag.
Despite 15-20 mph winds, the wet sand bags worked like a charm. Last year any strong gust of wind would dislodge the holders or shift the tent. This year the tent never budged.
Hats off to REI for not trying to upsell us.