Tentsile Journal

Tentsile people: Richard Symonds

September 21, 2015 5 min read

Richard Symonds is anartist, tree climber and friend of Tentsile who spends his days variously painting up trees, working on commissions to support charities, and getting outdoors as much as possible. We spoke to him recently to ask for inspiration and information for artists, conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts, and his answers didn’t disappoint.
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Tentsile: the perfect location for a date.

September 07, 2015 2 min read 4 Comments

f you ever get bored of the usual routine of cinema, dinner in a restaurant, picnic in a park or drink in a crowded bar, and you want something a bit out of the ordinary to put the icing on the cake of a new romance (or to treat someone you couldn't do without), a Tentsile date is the way forward.
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Climbing meets camping: taking Tentsile to new heights

August 03, 2015 2 min read

If your tree-climbing knowledge harks back to the childhood days when even saplings seemed like sequoias, your first port of call is a course likeSawpod's Tree Climbing Course orGoodleaf's Essential Recreational Tree Climbing, which can teach you everything you need to know about species, safety and lots of lovely knots.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream: the first Tentsile festival.

July 27, 2015 1 min read

Question: where can you find trees, camp fires, chilled out adults and happy kids, good food, great music and a dazzling array of hammocks, tents and tarps? 

Answer: the first Tentsile festival. Aptly named A Midsummer Night's Dream, our first foray into the world of festival-ing took place in late June, and it was all we could dream of and more.

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With Tentsile into the jungles of Cambodia

July 21, 2015 4 min read

Snakes, ex Khmer Rouge soldiers, hidden pyramids, fighting with dogs and bleeding from both ends. The epic journey.


Leaving China to renew my visa, I chose to avoid Europe, and instead trail through Cambodia. So I landed in Siem Reap with a small bag and nowhere booked to stay.

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How green is Tentsile really? The life cycle of a Tentsile tent:

July 12, 2015 3 min read 4 Comments

But then I thought - how are our tents really made? Where do the raw materials come from? What is the whole process and real impact from our manufacturing? So I did a bit of digging and here it is. The honest life story of a Tentsile tent:
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ISPO Shanghai last week

July 10, 2015 5 min read

Little did we know that an hour later we would face a similar plight. Walking around the show we soon realised that we were the only western brand tents there.
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Why Take Workers on Holiday?

July 06, 2015 2 min read 1 Comment

The workers mostly came from small villages 5-7 years ago and have been working in other factories in the area – some in pretty bad conditions, but mostly have been treated well since they work hard know their stuff! They didn't care much for us at first. Westerners running a Chinese factory, what's the difference? Many Westerns are already there and many, run the factories in the same way as Chinese owners would because it's cheap and no one complains.
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How to hug three trees at once: Inside a tent designed for maximum ecotherapy.

June 06, 2015 3 min read 1 Comment

At the end of the day, it is hard to measure the impact that Tentsile has on the world, except through the experiences of the Tentsile user community (many of whom are active bloggers). For every tent sold, the Tentsile company plants three trees through the organization, WeForest.org. It’s a good start, but the rest is up to us: the users and explorers. Happy camping...
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The Issue of Quality

May 11, 2015 3 min read 7 Comments

When we spend our hard earned cash on an expensive product we expect it to be top notch, right? We work hard, we save hard, and we think very carefully about what we spend our money on. Yet, when the thing you want to invest in is a new invention, a new concept, something that pushes the boundaries of progress, when that something is an innovation that adds to our human experience, sometimes we need to show patience and trust, and nurture these ideas, and give them time to develop and grow.
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Just Another (Fa)bric in the Wall

May 04, 2015 4 min read 12 Comments

But there is a fine line to tread between pioneering innovation and reputation. Quite simply, there are enough people waiting out there for a chance to rip you down without a thought towards how hard you have worked to get to where you are. A fine line. Our job is to walk that line, always ensuring quality, novelty and safety, without compromise. And so we put the question to you: ‘walls’ or no ‘walls’. You help us decide.
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Geeking Out About Fly Sheets

April 30, 2015 5 min read 2 Comments

There has been much hype about the lightweight SilNyl (silicone coated ripstop nylon). When if comes to shaving a few ounces off your flysheet/rainfly it certainly looks promising. 
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