The Romance of Tree CampingFitness Gear & Equipment
There are a more than a few of us who think camping is boring, uncomfortable and something that requires too much effort. For those who are unimpressed with the idea of camping in general, a new concept is out to inspire you to take to the great outdoors, tree camping. That’s right, it means a tent suspended from a tree.
This unusual and adventurous way of camping is becoming more popular. Dutch and German companies even offer ‘child friendly’ tree camping, which means that the tent isn’t suspended high enough from the ground to scare anyone.
Designers all over the world are competing to make the most beautiful and practical tents imaginable and some of the views they offer are simply spectacular. In fact, designer Pierre Stephane Dumas has created the ultimate tree camping experience: The Bubble Tree. It is basically a transparent sphere, decorated with furniture, supplied with electricity and containing a special pump which keeps its oval shape. It can even be bought with a transparent ceiling. This creation allows tourists to spend the night being able to look upon a starry sky and be swayed softly to sleep without the fear of losing any home comforts. The bubble tent has already been a hit in France, where a weekend stay will cost you around $625.
In California they offer portaledge camping, where you sleep in a tent suspended high above the ground. Traditionally, a portaledge is a deployable hanging tent system which was designed for use by rock climbers on multiple night climbs. An assembled portaledge is a fabric covered tent, surrounded by a metal frame that hangs from a single point. It generally has adjustable suspension straps enabling it to be moved higher or lower. They have adapted the design for use on the California coast and whilst they have a canvas base and a metal frame, nothing more than mosquito netting surrounds the outside. The tents cost approximately $200 - $750 to buy, but they are available to rent as well. You’ll enjoy a stunning view of the sunset and sunrise over the pacific coastal waters, as long as you aren’t afraid of heights. Going to the toilet is sure to be fun, however.
Cornwall in the UK has even started its own campsite and has branded it the ‘The Mighty Oak Tree Climbing Company’. They use ‘tree boats’ or four cornered hammocks suspended high in ancient oak trees and the camper will be safe up high by the use of a rope and harness at all times. The adventure starts at 3pm and finishes at 11am the following day. Your day will involve swinging from tree to tree, with the use of a harness, and a guided introductory climb. You can expect to pay £140 for a one night stay in one of Robin Hood’s favourite trees, the mighty Oak.
What more is there to say, but happy camping!
Sources: www.majumdar.org, www.mighty-oak.co.uk, www.oditieszone.com/camping-bubble-tree/