In this post, we want to introduce you to the Delta Ground Anchor Delta Pegs as they are known by many campers. These are, in our opinion, the ULTIMATE tent peg.
We are going to share with you why we think every camper or awning owner should have these pegs in their camping kit. We will talk about why this is, how to use them, where to buy them, and even give a little history of the peg.
These pegs are for you if –
- you go camping on a regular basis
- ever camp in high winds
- lose sleep worrying about your tent in adverse weather conditions
- hate having to check on pegs/guy lines in bad weather
- want peace of mind if the weather turns while you are on your camping trip
We all love camping and many of you will book your camping trips in advance, whether this is to accommodate work or school holidays or even just to plan ahead and make sure you have a pitch on your favorite site. Some spend some precious time planning their camping trips, from where to go to the camping menu.
The one thing that none of us can predict while camping, however, is the weather! Unfortunately, if you live in the UK you will know just how quickly our weather can change. We can be basking in the sun one day and taking cover from torrential rain the next. It is, for this reason, we feel that these pegs should be part of your camping kit.
So, what are these pegs, I hear you ask, and what makes them so great? Read on to find out.
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The Dawn of the Delta Ground Anchor
The Delta Ground Anchor or Delta Peg was invented in 2002 by Robert (Rob) Orr. Robert’s idea for these wonderful pegs came from necessity as he became increasingly frustrated and annoyed that he had to continually reposition his tent pegs while camping.
So, in 2002 with the help of Business Link in Plymouth, Rob pursued his idea of the Delta Peg and had his stainless steel peg patented.
His company went from strength to strength and this resulted in them winning the Plymouth University competition ‘Quest for the Best,’ for Innovators in the South West. Part of the prize in winning this enabled a nylon composite version of the Delta ® tent peg to be created with the help of the engineers at Exeter University.
The nylon composite anchors are the ones we have and also the ones pictured below in yellow.
Since then the company has gone on to design and make several other products including dog tethers.
So, as you can see from the pictures these pegs are different from most tent pegs and this is most recognizable from there shape.
The most important and unique feature is the position of the guy attachment point which ensures that the load is evenly distributed and with the peg being in the ground at its natural angle it simply anchors there with less effort than most pegs.
Delta pegs hold where others can’t, as the guy line increases tension the Delta Peg simply digs deeper. Most other pegs simply work their way out of the ground when the same amount of tension from the guy line is applied. Even in soft ground where you find other pegs will work their way loose when the slightest bit of tension is applied.
We also love that these pegs lay flat to the ground as it prevents trips. Also, all the pegs not only have the Delta branding on them but a clear picture of how they should sit in the ground. Thus meaning that you don’t need separate instructions for using them. (see bottom left picture for the illustration)
After using the Delta Ground Anchors, we wonder what we ever have done without them when it comes to camping in rainy and windy conditions. I can now go to bed in this weather without worrying about getting up during the night to check all pegs are still in place. I simply check the tension on all the guy lines before bed and then again when I awake.
How to Use Ground Anchors
As the name suggests these are anchor pegs, used to anchor your tent in position and not designed to be used at every pegging point on the tent.
The best places to use these, we find, are with guy lines on the corners of the tent, guys attached to canopies or porches that cannot be removed and halfway along the tent if it is of tunnel style.
If the wind is against one side of your tent for a prolonged period we feel adding some extra Deltas Pegs on that side would greatly help.
You may want to read our post on camping in windy conditions for other tips. http://campmehappy.com/6-tips-for-camping-in-windy-conditions
These Nylon Delta Pegs come in packs between 4 – 40, so you can easily choose the right amount needed for your tent.
You can also by combination packs that provide you with a tent peg puller and a thor hammer for inserting your pegs.
As stated at the start of this post the ground anchors we have shown in this post were not the first Delta Ground Anchor produced by the company, the original Delta Ground Anchor was made of stainless steel (pictured below) and these are still sold in packs of 4 or 8. You can also by combination packs that provide you with a tent peg puller and a thor hammer for inserting your pegs.
These are the same size as the nylon ground anchors (150mm x150mm) and are corrosion resistant, these were the original ground anchors that won the award all those years ago and allows the company to expand and grow.
Another product that anyone who regularly camps with their dog may be interested in is their stainless steel dog tether. This is a tether that is pegged into the ground with wire pegs. It lays flatter to the ground than other types of dog tethers or stakes to minimize the risk of trips or injury to you and your pooch.
A Worthy Investment
If you are like us and like to camp all year round or regularly visit areas where more windy conditions can be problematic, such as coastal location or mountain tops we feel these are a very worthy investment.
- For peace of mind.
- Keeping your tent and it’s contents anchored.
- Reducing the possibility of a badly damaged or ruined tent through windy conditions.
We always feel it is best to be prepared for the worst and by having these pegs in our kit we know we are prepared for pitching on most grounds and for any adverse weather that should come our way. As we have said before the weather can be unpredictable so we never take chances by going camping unprepared for it.