These two guys are now climbing a sheer 3,000-foot wall of granite on El Capitan in Yosemite

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in News on Tuesday 13 January 2015

As you are reading this, 30-year-old Kevin Jorgeson and 36-year-old Tommy Caldwell are already more than midway up the punishing El Capitan, a 3,000-foot-tall granite monolith in Yosemite National Park in California. Using only their hands and feet, they are attempting to conquer what may be the longest and hardest free climb in the world.

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The neverending Tent City of Mina, Saudi Arabia

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Friday 15 August 2014

Now this is how to go camping! Mina is a small city located in western Saudi Arabia, and because of its location-just 8km from Mecca-it’s the ideal place to camp out during the Haj season. This place has more than 100,000 tents to choose from, each one measuring 8 by 8 metres, and constructed of fiberglass. Each tent is fully air-conditioned, too!

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These sneakers are made for walking (and setting up camp)

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 2 August 2013

If you’re allergic to baggage and love to travel in the most compact way possible like me, you’d probably dig this portable one-person tent that stays hidden away and tucked into your sneakers until you activate it. The Walking Shelter’s what it’s called, and it’s the doing of Australian design collective Sibling. It’s such a brilliant idea.

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Futuristic arachnid-like geodesic tents

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Wednesday 10 April 2013

Will anyone go camping when the future is here? These inflatable tents by Heimplanet are getting quite a bit of attention online these days, and for good reason: these sci-fi designs are dead cool. Both the Cave for 2 or 3 people or Wedge for 2 people promise to be pitched quickly with just one […]

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Bags from tents left behind at summer music festivals

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Design on Wednesday 3 April 2013

Chapman Bags in Cumbria, England makes these Tent bags by Esther Porter out of tents left behind at summer music festivals. They are hand-crafted and strengthened with British rubber-bonded cotton canvas, thick cotton webbing straps and British-cast nickel hardware. Backpack, barrel or satchel, these are all achingly, screamingly cool creations.

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Dress tents by Robin Lasser

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Products on Friday 9 November 2012

Created by Robin Lasser and Adrienne Pao, the Dress Tents project is exactly what it sounds like: wearable architecture. Here, each dress tent is a dress that also morphs into a tent, making the idea of inhabiting a tent that much more multi-faceted. The different dress tents are thoughtfully displayed in the context of their landscapes — for instance, the Illegal Entry Dress Tent, sewed from military blankets embroidered with the actual names of those who lost their lives crossing the California/Mexico border, was originally set up beneath this same border too.

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