Trowel options

Discussion in 'Hydration & Hygiene' started by KVerb, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    I know the trowel brings a lot of debate, so I was wondering what you all bring: MYOG, nothing, stakes, Deuce of spades, ...?
    So far I've just used sticks or my boot, but I have to admit that I'm not always able to dig as deep as I should, so I'm looking to take a dedicated digging tool.
  2. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    DIY AlpPoop

  3. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    I tried an 'AlpPoop' - hubby trashed it first time in use !!

    Now I carry a Deuce of Spades. It won't deal with the tough stuff (bog roots)- but in those circumstances only a decent garden spade will 'do the job' :oops::oops::rolleyes: - and I'm never going to carry one of those, so I have to be 'creative ' as to how I "leave no trace". :whistling::)
  4. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    Some espouse the trekking pole tip.
  5. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

    Deuce of Spades, but as @cathyjc has already said, it's not that sturdy, so I also use pegs and pole tips for hard/stony/rooty soils.
  6. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker


    MYOG MSR Blizzard peg trowel. Brilliant.
  7. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Section Hiker

    MSR Blizzard peg.

    Handle is a Nuun hydration tablet container, held on with bicycle inner tube. Makes a handy tissue holder.

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  8. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Pole tips most.....also boot, rock, stick. A decent bit of slate digs quite well. Blizzard stake for blowy trips.
  9. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    And digging 'thumbs up', is far less stress on the wrist, and tool deployed.

    if I'm using a trowel (for planting) for several days on end at a time, i will often use a glove with an extra piece of wadding placed in the palm.

    Not sure if this helps anything, or anyone in this situation?
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  10. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

    Thanks all for the input. I think I'll fashion a handle onto a wide spare titanium stake!
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  11. dovidola

    dovidola Ultralighter

    Vargo Titanium Dig Dig. It's a new product and I've posted a picture on another recent thread. I've yet to use it, so can't recommend it unequivocally. I used to use a blizzard stake, but the Vargo is more of a trowel which doubles as a stake than the other way round (if that makes sense). Weight is 35g and it costs a ridiculous £25.
  12. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

  13. KVerb

    KVerb Trail Blazer

  14. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    It's occurred to me looking at this thread that we may just be missing a trick with digging.....

    Thoughts on a Hoe/adze ( 'L' shaped) digging stick? drag the dirt out of the hole than dig and lever out?

    I don't know about anyone else but I don't usually have much time to dig a neat hole, more of a digging Badger with dirt flying out behind in a frantic rush to beat the birth.
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  15. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    If super organised I dig mine the evening before....
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  16. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Me too :angelic:

    The MSR blizzard trowel is really good. Instead of digging, I lever up and fold over the top layer of grass/vegetation. The length and strength give good leverage. Having a foam handle makes it easy to use too.
  17. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    Hmm... trekking pole attachment perhaps?
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  18. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    It's called an ice axe :)
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  19. Gadget

    Gadget Thru Hiker

    Better ask @JKM, he posted it on the "What, this old thing?" thread.
  20. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Aye, but I'll look a right 'Walley' carrying it around outside winter …… well even more of a 'walley' than I do already :whistling:
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  21. Balagan

    Balagan Section Hiker

    Or a Helix Pottty Trowel...

  22. Padstowe

    Padstowe Section Hiker

    I like the look of that vargo, looks like it could do some serious damage, hopefully not to the pack. It is quite dear though but with free shipping only £10 more than the deuce copy would cost me to get posted, but ultralightoutdoors do have the blizzard with free shipping at £7.49. This is why am still using rocks, small v pegs & my heel :sorry:, which to choose :(
    edit: just went for the vargo dig dig, it was the teeth & width that won it for me :beaver:.
    Hopefully it'll be here for my planed trip to the bluestacks in donegal next weekend :)
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  23. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    That sprang to my mind, although sooner or later the poles being used to hold the shelter up is going to cause a quandary.... maybe something like a blizzard stake but with adze on the guy end?
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  24. Dave Vaughan

    Dave Vaughan Section Hiker

    I use a fold away thing, it’s cheap, pretty heavy but I also use to to push my pegs in to rocky/hard ground on top of the tors on Dartmoor. Works well but I could probably do the digging with a peg
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  25. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

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