Sleeping in Trees

Sleeping in Trees

It’s hard to describe a night spent high in a tree. You could call it "magical," but "otherworldly" is better. You will hear sounds you have never heard before. When the wind comes up, the tree will speak to you in another language as it waves its arms in the breeze. Something happens to you during a night in the trees. It is hard to describe.

There are two types of sleeping platforms to choose from if you want to snooze or spend a night in the treetops.

  • New Tribe Treeboat

    New Tribe Treeboat

  • Black Diamond Portaledge

    Black Diamond Portaledge

The "Treeboat" is a moderately priced, lightweight, comfortable hammock that will last for years of hard use. New Tribe designed this hammock especially for spending time in a tree. It requires from two to four points of contact to stretch the durable canvas tight between the trees. The Treeboat can hold two people. You can also buy insulation for underneath your sleeping bag in colder weather.

The Portaledge hammock was first designed for rock climbers who spent nights on big rock walls. These hammocks need only one point of attachment. The adjustable platform base is tightly strung on aluminum aircraft tubing so there is no swag; it’s like sleeping on a cot. A rainfly is available. Portaledges are heavy (twice the weight of a Treeboat) and very expensive.

Some Tenttile campingTentsile camping at the
TCI clubhouse
people like to put up a tentsile, either low to the ground or higher up in the trees. There are different styles and sizes of this tree-tent which can accommodate up to three people.

String or thin fabric hammocks can be used for lounging for short periods of time. Some can be rolled up in a ball and stored in a pocket. But they do not give you firm back support. They swag in the middle. You’ll wake up with terrible back pain if you spend the night in one of these.