The first UK Tentipi Camp – The ProAdventure Gathering April 2015

Lots of Tipis on parade
Lots of Tipis on parade

When we set out to run the UK’s first Tentipi camp we were scratching our heads about what people would want out of the event, we looked at the events Albert Dorp runs over in Germany and came up with our own ideas in addition.

We plumped for a variety of options to see what worked for the Tentipi lover and the prospective tentipi owner.

We chose a site that, though a little rough and ready has basic facilities and is close to our shop in Llangollen, North Wales. Next to the river, we could have camp fires, and not having access to a giant tentipi, had some shelter in the form of a roundhouse.

We organised activities including a nightline, spoon carving, fire lighting, axe throwing and canoeing, along with a variety of competitions including best dressed tipi, and a cooking competition.

In total we hosted 27 Tentipi tents and lots of people, Tim Gent, Author of Canoe Camping gave an evening talk, and Pete and Lesley of ProAdventure ran a canoe trip down the beautiful river Dee.

We enjoyed seeing so many tipi set ups, tarps were popular, as was the Eldfell stove, with over half the tipi owners keeping warm with their wood fired stoves.

Their were less children than we expected, but still a great event, with lots of chatting and a mellow feel.

For 2016 we are planning a better venue, less competitions, a play tipi, and perhaps a band for the evening if we can get hold of a big tipi.

Tentipi Camp Flyer 2015

Children Young and older enjoyed the string trail of Friday night
Children Young and older enjoyed the string trail of Friday night
Stoves are one of the best things about owning a Tentipi Tent
Spot the Chimneys – Stoves are one of the best things about owning a Tentipi Tent
A bushcraft style Tentipi set up
A bushcraft style Tentipi set up

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Tim and Susannah Gent canoeing on the River Dee above Llangollen
Tim and Susannah Gent canoeing on the River Dee above Llangollen
A Tilley hat floating in the Welsh River Dee
Fortunately Alex Tilley designed his hats to float
Celebrating at the end of the Canoeing Trip
Celebrating at the end of the Canoeing Trip
Testing the Petromax Frying Pan and Cooking Stand
Testing the Petromax Frying Pan and Cooking Stand
Axe throwing with The Swedish Grantors Throwing Axe proved the most popular activity of the weekend.
Axe throwing with The Swedish Grantors Throwing Axe proved the most popular activity of the weekend.

 

 

 

 

The winning dish, all baked in Dutch Ovens
The winning dish, all baked in Dutch Ovens
The Tentipis look fantastic in this long exposure shot at dusk
The Tentipis look fantastic in this long exposure shot at dusk
Swedish Candles signified the start of evening entertainment
Swedish Candles signified the start of evening entertainment
27 Tentipi and over 50 people attended the Gathering
27 Tentipi and over 50 people attended the Gathering

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