Sleeping in Trees

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Sleeping in TreesTired of camping on the ground? You’re not alone. Tree climbers have taken to sleeping high in the canopies of trees. Nestled in hammocks called “tree boats,” the climbers and their boats are secured to the limbs of the tree via ropes, and they swear that sleeping while suspended 60 feet off the ground is conducive to a good night’s sleep.

“It’s incredibly peaceful. In 30 years of doing this, we’ve never had one accident,” says Patty Jenkins, co-founder of Tree Climbers International (TCI).

You can try it yourself at the TCI’s new hostel in Dahlonega, Ga., where Jenkins will tuck you into the giant oak, poplar, and pine trees that dominate the hostel’s backyard.


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