Take Your Camping Experience Into The Trees With Innovative New Tents
Nobody goes camping for the sake of the tent; the tent just serves to accommodate the experience. However, a couple of tent designs may change that. Tree tents take the camping experience off the ground and into the trees. Indulge your inner child and spend the camping nights in an "adult tree house" with the Tentsile Stingray or Dre Wapenaar's Treetents.
The Tentsile Stingray has the appearance of, well, a stingray--a stingray swimming amidst the trees. With a floor area of 80 square feet, the Stingray can support 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children (max load 880lbs), giving the whole family the chance to enjoy the view from the trees. Of course, the tent is designed to be suspended above the ground, but can also be set up on the ground. It has a large front door for ground access and a floor hatch and rope ladder for access while suspended.
Sleeping in the trees may appeal to the adventurous child within, but it isn't without practicality. For starters, you can keep your gear off the ground and away from campsite intruders. There is also a huge benefit for those who get aches and pains from sleeping on the rigid ground. With its triple hammock interior, the suspended Stingray gives to the weight of sleeping campers, eliminating the need for portable mattresses. You can purchase the Stingray here.
Tentsile also offers the SuperFly--an extra-large rain fly sheet to extend the amount of dry space available under the tent from 85 square feet to 160 square feet. The SuperFly gives more suspended sleep area as well. Bring three additional standard hammocks, and you can attach them to the tent's D-Rings and sleep three more people under the Stingray. You can also fold the SuperFly under the Stingray, using it as a windbreak and increasing the thermal protection which will keep your bottom warm.
Dre Wapenaar's Treetents
Another suspended tent design comes from the mind of Dre Wapenaar and was originally intended as a home in the trees for a group of protestors. The Road Alert Group in England protests the excessive expansion of highways through forests. As a part of their protests, they cover themselves and hide in trees, out of the reach of law enforcement and others who might deter their cause. Dre Wapenaar designed the tree tents to give these protestors a comfortable home among the trees.
However, the project fell through and so the tents are now an attraction on the Hertshoorn camping site near Garderen in the east Netherlands. The tree tents, which can sleep 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children, are rented 5 months out of the year. The interior consists of a hardwood sleeping platform and a round mattress, adding a little comfort to the camping experience.
Dre Wapenaar says the "dew drop" design of the tent wasn't intended originally. It was actually the natural form of a covering for a circular platform hung, by a rope, from a tree. So in this sense form followed function, and as a result the tents have the appearance of an oversized raindrop running down a tree or a very large Chinese lantern.
Whatever the appearance, both the Tentsile Stingray and Dre Wapenaar's Treetents will give the camper a new take on camping. Hanging in the trees, campers can experience the scenery from a new vantage point and sway with the trees while they sleep. With these two designs, the tent may actually be the best part of the camping experience.