camping hammers... enlighten me?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by steveWFL, Aug 28, 2013.

  1. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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  2. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    I've just got one of the plastic ones from REI. It's lightweight and works well. I've never had a need bike camping for a hatchet or a pry bar for those needs (and I've got other tools on the bike that can serve those needs in a pinch) so it seems a little silly to me, but I'm also trying very hard to pare down what I bring.

    Says the guy riding a GSA... :hide
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  3. steveWFL

    steveWFL Long timer

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    Awesome, I found this one at REI for a few bux

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  4. pdxmotorhead

    pdxmotorhead Been here awhile

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    I carry a very small Gerber Hatchet with a chunk of rubber wrapped around the blade and head.

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  5. Brun

    Brun Been here awhile

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    I'm assuming you plan to use a hammer to bang in tent stakes. In the several hundred times I have erected a tent over 50 years I have never thought, "Gee, I wish I had a hammer!"
    If the ground is hard enough that impact is required to push in a tent stake there is always something lying around that will do the job - usually a rock or a lump of wood. Save the weight and carry more beer, is my advice.
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  6. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

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    I learned thus after camping off my bike for only the second time
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  7. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    exactly!! there is always a rock laying around, usually right under your tent!
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  8. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I like your idea of building a hybrid wrench to use as a mallet.

    I tried tents that need pegs but I've been on some really hard-packed sites. Modern campgrounds are hard packed for the modern camper -- RV, trailer, or pickup conversion. Those people in tents are crazy anyway.

    I take a self-supporting tent. Pegs help the door work easier and pull out the sides for better ventilation, so I always try to get the pegs in anyway. I HAVE used my extra shoes as a mallet. That shows that my shoes are heavier than they could be.

    I DON'T agree that you can always find a substitute. Many campgrounds don't have suitable rocks above ground and the wood has been scavenged for fires. This will vary depending on the region.

    Each rider and camper has different priorities from different bikes, schedules, fitness, regions, goals, etc. If you value a fire, a light axe might be handy. I still like your idea of building a hybrid wrench to use as a mallet. The largest socket I take is 17mm which won't pound much but probably works better than my shoe.
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  9. GSBS

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    ...with sharp knife that nests in handle...

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    Not heavy with composite handle, stores easily. Knife has come in handy for cooking more than once.
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  10. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    I have the bigger Gerber with the saw.
    I use the hatchet all the time.
    When I get firewood, there is almost never kindling and often its a whole round.
    I can split wood and shave kindling.
    Use the hatchet to get me a hot dog stick too that is still green so it doesn't catch fire or crack.

    It also makes me feel better when camping alone to have that and my bear spray with me in the tent.
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  11. Afry

    Afry Why hike?

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    X2 - tent peg pounder and wood splitter plus a back up knife
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  12. groop

    groop So much to ponder

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    I've been carrying my grandfather's Estwing hatchet for years. Chops wood, drives stakes, pulls stakes, keeps hippies out of my campsite :D
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  13. Law Dawg (ret)

    Law Dawg (ret) Been here awhile

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    An alternative;

    In my area a shovel (and a bucket) is required for a fire permit outside of any campground (98% of campgrounds stink on ice anyway). I got the above and a folding bucket because there is no specification of what kind of shovel or bucket (or even any water in the bucket :huh ). The shovel comes in very handy for the intended use, a hammer, and crude hatchet. Before becoming US Forrest Circus legal I found a rock or tree branch worked quite well though.

    Got real tired of carrying too much extra junk/weight off road and multiple purpose stuff is key. So is leaving stuff home that is not needed or required...like a hammer. :wink:
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  14. viverrid

    viverrid not dead yet

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  15. Thorgrim

    Thorgrim Used'ta could

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    I think one of the multi-tool hatchets would be ideal if they made it with a hollow handgrip that could be used as a cheater/breaker bar on the axle nuts.
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  16. Smoke Eater 3

    Smoke Eater 3 Been here awhile

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    I have an e-tool that does nearly everything. You can use it to pound stuff too. They're a little heavy but worth it.
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  17. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Hammer, seriously? Is the next thread going to be about why I've got to much shit with me?

    I just push them in with my boot if there is no rock. The proper pegs don't bend.
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  18. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    no need for a hatchet, I just use a little hammer (#18) and Sven (#14) saw which works quicker than a hatchet. This is my long distance kit.

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  19. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    That's what I have too. People are always asking to borrow it.

    Says a guy who would ask to borrow my hammer. :rolleyes. I suppose you use a bin liner for a sleeping bag and heat your meals on your bike's exhaust too?

    I have to say, I think I'm going to get me one of those hatchet/knife combos. That looks like it's the ticket!
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