With the 25th annual Scouts Jambouree just around the corner and it’s time to think about getting all your equipment ready. This major event on the Scouting calendar is on the 4th to the 14th of January 2019 and set to be an amazing quarter century celebration. Peggy Peg was contacted by the Scouts Australia organizers and asked what tent peg solutions we had available for the tough ground conditions at The Bend Motorsports Park, Tailem Bend in South Australia.
When we heard the Scouts were heading to Tailem Bend We took this request seriously and drove from Queensland to South Australia to put Peggy Pegs to the test so we could provide all attending Scouts with a suitable option for securing their tents.
Check out our range of short videos that show the conditions at The Bend Motorsport Park. In our opinion a conventional metal tent peg will simply not work. The ground is that hard and rocky they will bend and not go in, or to the other extreme where we cam across soft lose patched of sand, all within meters of each other.
This is what we found from our testing.
On the really hard well compacted ground we were satisfied with our trials using a 10mm masonry drill bit to drill a pilot hole and then used the PP02 standard Peggy Peg, which can be screwed into the pilot hole either with the hand tool, or by a cordless drill set to the correct torque setting – 19 on my Ryobi drill, but each make of drill will be different. NB do not use a rattle gun / impact driver with Peggy Pegs.
When screwing in the pegs, it is important to A- push them in as you are screwing them into the earth. This help them get a good deep ‘bite’ into the earth, and prevent them simply auguring a nice neat hole. B – drill slowly, as this allows the substrate to compress and allows the peg to bite into the ground,
On the softer ground the same peg could be drilled in without a pilot hole – again leaning on the drill to help the peg get a good grip. In this instance you get a better anchor point using the cordless drill, than if you screw in by hand.
Because the pegs are glass reinforced plastic, they are slightly flexible, meaning that when you are drilling them in they can ‘wriggle’ around between the stones, to give you a good firm anchor point, unlike steel pegs that hit an obstacle and stop.
The Peggy Peg range is designed such that when it bites into the earth and won’t go any further, you simply move the blue rope clip down to ground level and click into place, thus giving you the optimum anchor point at ground level.
As with any pegging exercise, sometimes our peg went in exactly where we wanted it, and at other times we had to move a bit to achieve a good anchor point.
We hope this is of assistance, and wish you all an enjoyable jamboree.