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10 Insane camping photos

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011 in Camping | 3 comments

When you think of camping, the first thing that springs to mind is a luscious green field, perhaps an attractive sea view in the back ground and a sizzling barbeque to the side. That might be your idea of a perfect camping trip, but some people just have to be different don’t they? This is a collection of simply incredible pictures of people camping in the most extreme conditions imaginable.  You won’t find any pictures of anyone camping in the Cotswolds in idyllic spots or pitching tents on the edge of the beach – this is a collection of the most extreme camping locations and the craziest tents in the world!
Vertical Camping

These guys aren’t bats – they are actually campers! Believe it or not these people are actually planning on spending a night like this! Obviously you have to be a pretty experienced climber to even contemplate doing something like this, but there’s no doubt that you are going to be welcomed by a pretty incredible view each morning –  a few thousand feet straight down!

These vertical campers are naturally part of a small band of people who are both technically knowledgeable enough to do this and also crazy enough to be able to sleep in thousands of feet up in the air!

Mountain Camping
Vertical climbers are in a minority, but they may well fall into the category of mountain climbers. Camping in the mountains might not sound that impressive, but when you consider that they are sometimes sleeping at around 20,000 feet above sea level, it becomes a little more impressive! Some people choose touring holidays some people choose to trek upwards for days until the air becomes so thin you can barely breathe!

This is an image of Mt Everest base camp. Believe it or not, you will be almost 18,000 feet above sea level before you set off, so despite the fact that this picture appears to be in a valley, you can rest assured that it is very high up indeed!

As you can see, these campers are even further up the famous Mt Everest. Just how high is anyone’s guess, but there’s no doubting the precarious nature of this camp. With a sheer wall of snow to one side of the camping spot and a huge ravine on the other, it’s hard to work out whether the shelter provided makes up for the perilous position of the campers!

This is a picture of Squash Falconer, a woman on a mission to become the first woman to scale Everest and paraglide back down! As it happens, she didn’t manage to paraglide back down, but she did make it to the top. This is a picture she took at Base Camp 3, which is over 7000 metres above sea level!

Tree Tents
These tents are perhaps not as scary to be in as they appear. Most have solid platforms within which mean that you can get quite a cosy night’s sleep, but from a distance they look nothing short of terrifying! Here’s a collection of some of our favourites.

This is a fantastic tear drop tree tent which has a large 9 foot wooden platform inside which actually makes camping extremely comfortable!

The main question here must be… how do you get into them?!

You will really have a ball in this tree tent!

The perfectly named Tree-Pi!

A suspended Scout Tent!


  1. These people are crazy!

  2. Your best bet would be to just look around and see what they have in the steros in your area. My family has gone through several tents in my life. As my family grew and I acquired more siblings the tents we used on our camping trips also grew. We started out a 4-person pup tent and gradually grew to the 4-room, 13-person, 30-pound Taj Mahal . My advice would be to look around and just get something that fits your needs. If you are going to do a lot of hiking to your campsites, get a small then that is light and easy to carried. If you are just going to park at your campsite, then get a tent as large as you want that is within your price range. A few recommendations from past experiences:Get a tent that has a good rainfly, water-proof covering, that covers the ENTIRE tent. Some tents give you the bare-minimum for a cover and that will NOT keep you dry. I life the tents where the rainfly spreads out in front of the doorway to create a front porch . This allows me a space to put my shoes and not have to worry about hauling dirt into the tent. You will also want to get a footprint for your tent. This is a small tarp that you will lay under the tent before you put it up. This will help protect the floor of your tent from sharp objects on the ground as well as give added water protection from the elements outside. (This usually has to be purchased seperate, or just a regular tarp will do.Since there will only be two of you, you might also consider getting a tent that is easy to assemble and quick to put up.In the end the choice is up to you to decide which tent best fits your needs for your budget, I can only offer recommendations. In the sources I have include different sites where you can look at many different tents. Have fun camping.

  3. This looks like a great idea to stay off the ground while sleeping during a camping trip. The tents on the side of a cliff would be too nerve racking for me to sleep suspended so high. This idea reminds me of a childhood tree house. Thanks for sharing these wonderful camping ideas. Good luck with future travels.