Tentsile in the trees
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Entertainment, Pop Culture.
Photo: Tentsile.com

If you enjoy treehouses, hammocks,  or tents (and if you don’t fall into any of these categories, you have no soul), you’re going to fall in love with the Tentsile.

At it’s most basic level, it’s an elevated tent. But one that’s capable of holding up to eight people (or nearly 1,100lbs). Designer Alex Shirley-Smith thinks that beyond amusing nearly every person that comes across it, his creation could provide relief during humanitarian crisises involving floods or earthquakes.

“About seven years ago I was wondering how to make a portable tree house when I saw a spider building a web and had a brainwave,” he told the Daily Mail. “At the time I was working for an architect firm so I didn’t have the time to make it, but two years ago I was made redundant in the recession so thought it would be the perfect opportunity.”

“It was very difficult to get right – everyone I went to for funding thought I was crazy because they had never seen anything like it before.”

Alex says the tent can be pitched between trees in less than 30 minutes – and for those that worry about being squished inside with others, he’s come up with a solution for that.

“Due to the nature of tentsile’s inverted pyramid shape, the single point of ground contact allows comfort with a level floor in any terrain or inclination. It’s elevated position provides separation from flood risk, sand storms, earth tremors and cold ground as well as offering increased protection from wildlife, including insects, snakes and other predators.”

Want one? While increased production will eventually bring the entire concept down, right now you can purchase a two-person tent for $3K and an 8 person for just over $12K.

Let me know when you do. I want to come over.

:: Tentsile

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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