This Awesome Invention Just Took Camping To The Next Level!

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Every once in a while you hear about an invention that is so incredible you can’t help but wonder—what took so long?

That’s what Alex Shirley-Smith from the UK thought while he was generating his ideas for the portable tree house.

Modern-day tents haven’t changed much over the years; you still unroll them and tack them down to the ground.

It’s about time new innovation took the camping industry by storm.

Meet the official portable tree house, which is technically called the Stingray.

The Stingray is a part of a larger line by Tentsile, and was released at the end of 2013.

In basic terms, it offers a hammock and tent all in one. The popularity of these hammock-like tents means there is a 3-week waiting list to get one.tent-2

The Stingray tree tent offers a sheer water-proof covering that keeps out bugs and rain, while still allowing you to see out and others to see in. 3 people can safely and comfortable fit inside, totaling no more than 880 pounds.

The company markets the Stingray as a camping tent, but they also sale many products to those who just want to hang the tent in their backyard, or bring it over to a friend’s house. Hence why it’s called a portable tree house—that’s exactly what it is.tent-6

So how do you make your tent fly? You just need 3 sturdy posts to attach the Stingray to, just as you would hang a hammock.  If for some odd reason you don’t want to, or can’t, stake this tent up in the trees, it can also be pitched on the ground, but where’s the fun in that?

There are too many benefits to ditching the dirt and camping on higher ground. First of all, when you sleep in a traditional tent you are stuck on a hard, and perhaps even rocky, surface. Yet, up in the portable tree house, suspended in the air, it is more like lounging on the clouds.tent-7

Because of how this tent hangs between the trees some people are relating it to spider webs, but there are going to be far fewer spiders biting at your legs all the way up here!

There are some stunning photos of how people have already put their portable tree house to use, some have chosen to go all out and hang theirs nice and high. Others play it safe and stick to the suggested guidelines on the company website, which state it should be used at 4 feet.tent-3

In parenthesis they have added that these height restrictions are based on legal reasons. In other words, you can stake this tent as high you want, but you’re doing so at your own risk.

Even if your Stingray is not that high off the ground, you don’t want to forget to bring along an attachable rope ladder so that you can easily get inside.  Just think, once you roll that ladder up, no one can bother you—they can’t get to your door!tent-4

If you know what you are doing and like living on the edge hanging your tent up high could offer you a wondrous experience. Can you imagine waking up high above the ground, a gorgeous view untouched by human hands, extending out before you?

And the best part, there’s no hotel fee—you’re sleeping with royal views, for free! Well not free, you still have to buy the actual Stingray tent. Which will set you back $749 US dollars.  tent-5

Photo Credit: Colossal