Visitors to Waldseilgarten Mountain Resort in Germany can enjoy some next-level camping – literally levels above where you would normally camp. Here, tents hang 171 meters in the air.
To get up there, you’re hoisted up in a portaledge (a deployable hanging tent system) by a lever system that uses strong camping ropes. If you realise once you’re up there that you’ve forgotten your deodorant or some other camping essential, too bad. Once up, you can’t just decide to operate the pulley system and pop down to the loo, either – it can only be operated with assistance.
In case you’re wandering, toilet facilities are located a few minutes from where the tents are hoisted – on ground level, of course. And for a shower you head to the local waterfall.
The tent itself is made from a fabric-covered platform with metal frame supports suspended from a single point on a tree above – a thick branch. This kind of tent – a portaledge – is used by rock climbers when climbing a rock face that takes a number of days to complete.
Other types of extreme camping at Waldseilgarten Mountain Resort include hanging a tent off a huge cliff face, and setting up camp on a platform between trees. Alternatively, in the winter you can opt to sleep in an igloo.
A night in the portaledge costs EUR250 (AUD$355) per person per night, the cliff face ledges EUR890 (AUD$1,300) and the tree platforms EUR125 (AUD$183).