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Square tent pegs resist twisting in the ground

MSR Needle Stakes for good all round performance.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of arriving back at the camping site after full day of hiking up big mountains, only to find that your tent has been blow across the campsite by strong winds and that it has landed in a patch of brambles that have torn it to shreds. Or so I’m told. Fortunately its never happened to me! ;-) Securing your tent with suitable pegs, stakes and guy ropes is essential if you don’t want your tent to get blown away. There are different types of tent peg that are available for use with different types of ground, different types of tent and with differing weights.

Often dedicated campsites, which may also be farmers fields, have a layer of grass covered mud and, provided that there has not been too much sun or too much rain, normal steel or aluminium tent pegs will be fine. The Vango steel hook and pin pegs fall into this category. They are often also useful for pegging down football nets, groundsheets or windbreaks.

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The logo of Nordisk outdoor equipment manufacturerWe are proud to announce that we will soon be stocking camping tents from Nordisk. Based in Denmark and Germany, they have been making high quality camping equipment for many years, their roots can be traced back to 1901 when they were founded as Nordisk Fjer (Northern Feather) in Denmark. Due to their Scandinavian history, all Nordisk’s outdoor gear incorporates an innovative Nordic-style design gained through their long-standing experience in dealing with Scandinavia’s harsh climate.

Since the rise of the earliest northern kingdoms, the virtues of courage, inventiveness and pride have been core values in the nordic heritage. Great kings haves lead their men through victorious battles and bold expeditions, while at the same time farming the land…

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Boats by the shore with hills behind

Two Harbours on Catalina Island. Source: Flickr by Chrissy Olson

If you ever happen to be in Los Angeles and need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, an outdoor sanctuary is close at hand: only 22 miles off the coast is Catalina Island. This small island is 22 miles in length and 8 miles across at its widest point. Mostly undeveloped and with a year round mild climate, it offers excellent opportunities for camping, hiking, cycling and sailing.

Up until 1975 Catalina Island was largely owned by the Wrigley chewing gum family, before they deeded their ownership to the Catalina Island Conservancy, which has stewardship of 88 percent of the island. Most areas of the island are protected from development.

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