Life Outside Festival 2018

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The Life Outside Festival is an annual event that draws together all corners of the outdoors community in and around St. Louis, for a day of product demos, activities, networking, food, music, and all-around fun times. The event takes place at Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park, an over 2,000-acre public park with miles of hiking and one of the largest natural lakes in the whole state (side note, this was even one of the site considerations for the Saint Louis Zoo during its formation, 100 years ago). The event is organized by the awesome (and inexhaustible) peeps at Great Rivers Greenway and Terrain Magazine.
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This was our first year participating as KAMP, so we wanted to bring something totally unique for visitors to try out: a tree tent by Tentsile.
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our site with the Flite+ tree tent and a Grand Trunk Goods hammock
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KAMP Counselor Mandi hiding away in the Hammock (print is the new Spanish Flora and it's awesome!)
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our march table with a rad Faherty blanket
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We had guests hitting our station even before the Festival opened at 10a, and it was rock solid visitors for the next few hours.
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Mandi in our new Deso Supply Jaybird Tank
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KAMP Counselor Jason guiding the demo
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someone found the nightshades that come with the Flite+
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This event meant that we had to close up shop while we were there, so naturally, we were scoping the weather predictions all week. By the morning of, it looked like we were going to be overcast, but dry- totally manageable. Unfortunately, shortly after the event opened at 10a, the skies darkened, and the first drops of rain were falling before noon. 
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on went the Flite's rain fly and we kept up business as usual for a while
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the Flite+ shrugging off the rain like "no big deal"
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The rain soon intensified, and horns called in the kayaks and boats still out on the lake as thunder crackled all around. The wind began to gust, so we tied the guy lines for the rain fly under the tree tent to prevent it from acting like a sail (although the stakes probably would have held also). As we did so, a gust caught our hammock hanging nearby, and flipped it over, along with the stand. After securing the hammock, we hustled back to our pop-up tent, which was beginning to pull up its stakes, and held it down. All around us, vendors were packing up their own pop-up tents, and some were leaving as others tried to wait it out like us.
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all wrapped up with other vendors packing in their pop-ups in the background
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Mandi riding out the storm inside the Flite+ (compare this image with the first one in this post to see how many vendors had already left)
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a selfie by Mandi from inside the Flite+ during the storm
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In some ways, the storm was a good thing in that it enabled us to see first hand how the Flite+ would hold up in a fierce midwestern storm. We knew the rain fly would do a good job in keeping out any moisture, but we'd never had the tree tent out in wind conditions like that. We're happy to report that the Tentsile Flite+ handled the wind and rain with ease, and frankly could have handled something far worse (not bad for one of the smallest and lightest tents in the entire line).
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Finally, when the vendor that had a tent city set up not far from us decided to pull up stakes, we knew it was time to go too.
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Life Outside, despite the rain, you were a lot of fun, and it was exciting to introduce the idea of tree tent camping to so many smiling people (many who approached with an "I don't know about that" mindset and left with a "I need one of those in my life" one).  We are already looking forward to next year! 
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