So, because I'm a hardcore person, I risked all this afternoon by going out in the wind, the rain and the cold to construct a willow den.
Yes, it seems a menial task, but it was actually quite thought-provoking: some pieces of willow were harder to push into the ground than others, and to try and force them in I'd sometimes end up hanging off of them, but other times I'd just push with all my strength, placing my body above the hole and pushing down, my feet still firmly planted on the ground.
Now, I was wondering, which of these two methods is better for sticking the stick into the ground? Ignoring the fact that by hanging from it, it is likely to topple, which method help me be more efficient in my future den-building exploits?
In other words, can you ever exert more downwards force than your weight? If so, then I'm guessing pushing down would be the better method, and if not, then hanging from the stick, putting all your weight into it, would exert the most possible downwards force.
Here's what a willow den looks like: