Looking for a new adventure to up your camping game? Take your camping to the trees with Tentsile. This innovative company takes your everyday tent and suspends it above the ground for a whole new camping adventure. You can even join other outdoor enthusiasts at a Tentsile Camp Out where your tree tent is set up for you (and all the meals are included, too.) We checked out this year’s Tentsile Camp Out at Camp Navarro in Mendocino County and you should definitely put it on your must-do list for next summer!
The Tentsile Camp Out Experience
Imagine you are back at your favorite childhood summer camp, complete with hammocks, a rope swing into a tree-shaded swimming hole and craft activities from dawn until dusk. You can expect that and so much more at a Tentsile Camp Out.
All meals were provided from wood-fired pizzas to gourmet sandwiches and warm cookies. Event sponsors 10 Barrel Brewing and Bulleit Whiskey provided adult beverages throughout the event. All food and beverages were included in the ticket price.
The 2018 U.S. Camp Out was hosted at Camp Navarro, an old Boy Scout camp in the woods between the Anderson Valley and the Mendocino Coast. The property offered towering redwood trees, a creek for catching frogs and a large campfire area to gather with new friends. In the central gathering area, a number of Tentsile tents were hung in the trees so that you could try out the various tents. This was, not surprising, the hub of much kid fun for the weekend.
If you’ve never experienced a Tentsile tent before, think of it as a triangular-shaped tent that is suspended from three trees. They range in size to fit from one to three people at a time. In addition to tree tent camping, there was also an option to sleep in one of the cabins on the property (which included bunk beds and electricity).
In addition to traditional camping experiences, the Tentsile Camp Out offered campers the opportunity to tree climb with Upventures Tree Climbing. Climbers could make their way to the top of “The Stack,” a vertical stack of eight Tentsile tents and hammocks suspended in the trees. Water activities including kayaking and SUP yoga took place at the nearby Navarro River. Live music filled the night air both nights of the camp out. You could wake up to yoga and end your day with a night hike. The kids kept busy with crafts, games of giant Jenga and lizard catching.
While summer 2019 details are still TBD, you can sign up on the Tentsile Camps page to receive a notification when information is released. These camp outs are limited to 250 campers and they do sell out. All food, beverages and activities were included in the $250/person and $125/child price and campers under the age of five are free.
In addition to these large group camping experiences, Tentsile has launched other wilderness, culture and water experiences in Canada, Finland and Sweden (so far). You can find out about these on the Tentsile Camps page. Want some Tentsile action in your own backyard? Purchase your own tent online!
Tentsile Camp Outs
—photos and story by Kate Loweth
Note: This trip was paid for by Tentsile but all opinions expressed here belong to the writer.