Me and camping never did get along that well. It seems like there was always something that wasn’t right. If it wasn’t the mattress too thin or the ground too hard, or if the bugs weren’t always swirling around my head or the smoke from the campfire was getting in my eyes or that missed shower made me feel “icky”. I swear I've had more cold nights camping than nights where I actually slept. Point is, there always seemed to some 'thing' that spoiled the fun. Which, I dunno, guess that makes me somewhat of an anomaly in Canadian culture. There's relief. I now know I’m not alone.
Yes the numbers of people who are coming out of the “I don’t care much for traditional camping” closet, is increasing. And it is servicing a growing market. And it’s not just the boomers. Check this: https://www.hikebiketravel.com/41744/10-places-youll-want-to-go-glamping-in-alberta/
So to my delight they’ve discovered chocolate and peanut butter really do taste good together. They combined the words glamour (I suppose) with camping.
Picture this. You’re in the woods on a dark night enjoying the sounds of a rushing river (or a babbling brook). You and your SO have been enjoying some quiet time by the river, maybe a walk and then decide it’s time to pack it in. Where do you go? If you’re a Glamper you won’t retreat to a traditional tent. You won’t endure ickiness, smokiness or rain. Instead you’ll step into a tiny GeoStudio and enjoy a view of the stars. From the comfort of your bed you'll be able to gaze through glass top dome.
Now THATS camping, er glamping. :)
Here in southern Alberta we are no strangers to wind. In fact, if you were to add a little moisture in the air some of our winds would be classed as hurricanes. Gladly, we don’t suffer that fate.
But nevertheless some of our winds can get "window rattling, car door busting" strong.
It is at these times you just want to retreat from the wind and enjoy some peace and quiet. As the video (link below) shows, during a wind with gusts to 100 km/hr the GeoStudio is completely unruffled. Two factors account for this. First, round structure has minimal direct contact against wind in any direction, the air just moves around it.
Second, the hardened interior foam increases structural strength by 200%! So no wonder, inside a GeoStudio one can feel safe and secure in the strongest of southern Alberta winds.
Check this video.
Gilles Leclair is the founder of GeoStudios. Somewhat eccentric, fairly environmentalist, politically aware, he believes the world should have more off-grid communities... many more.