You Need to Step Up Your Tent-Pitching Game

On a ledge, in the Sahara desert, suspended over water — get inspired for your next camp adventure.
Camping at the high camp on Mount Shuksan, Washington State
High camp, Mount Shuksan, Washington State © Andrew Holman
By Alison Mann

Finding the perfect place to pitch your tent takes time and experience, and the people featured here have it down to an art. They’ve pitched up everywhere, from the perfect look-out point to a lush green mountainside. We've picked up the best of the best tent scenes, so scroll down, take a look at these perfect pitches and feel inspired — you’ll be dreaming of your next camping trip before it's over.

1. Get the best view (pictured at top)

Think about what you want to wake up to, like this set-up at Mount Shuksan in Washington.

A tent view at Cutthroat Pass, Washington State USA
Cutthroat Pass view © Scott Kranz

2. Getting the best view can't be emphasized enough

Another amazing view in Washington, this one at Cutthroat Pass.

Camping on a ledge in San Diego, California
Out on a ledge in California © Travis Burke

3. Pitch on a ledge

It’s precarious, but awesome. This photograph was taken near San Diego, California.

Camping view in Southern Oregon
Southern Oregon views © Travis Burke

4. Camp by the water

Get the perfect location for a morning swim. This one's in Oregon.

Image showing a tent pitched in the Sahara Desert, Egypt
Camping in the Sahara desert, Egypt © Nicolás Marino

5. Pitch in the desert after a bike ride

Camping in the Sahara Desert has its perks.

Image showing two tents under snow  Camping under snow iabout 4600m high in Amdo province on the n the Tibetan Plateau
Camping under snow in the Tibetan Plateau © Nicolás Marino

6. Sleep under snow

This photo was taken at an altitude of about 15,100 feet in Amdo province on the Tibetan Plateu, by Nicholás Marino as he travelled the world on his bike.

Stefan Glowacz enjoying the great view in the morning.
Stefan Glowacz - Lifestyle © Klaus Fengler/Red Bull Illume

7. Camp above the clouds

Stefan Glowacz and Robert Jasper during their expedition on Baffin Island’s Buchan Gulf, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. This image was part of international photography contest Red Bull Illume.

A tent view at Summit Lake, Washington State USA
Pitching up at Summit Lake, Washington State © Scott Kranz

8. Camp in Washington

So yeah, Washington makes the list again. The state is packed with some spectacular scenes, like this one at Summit Lake.

Camping under the stars and in a cave in Escalante, Utah
Cave camping in Escalante, Utah © Travis Burke

9. Camp in a cave

Looking for the Big Dipper in Escalante, Utah.

A Tentsile Trillium tent set up over water in Oahu, Hawaii
Using a Tentsile Trillium in Oahu, Hawaii © Travis Burke

10. Suspend your tent above water

Who says you need some ground to pitch a tent? Check out the Tentsile Trillium, hung over water in Oahu, Hawaii.

An image showing  a man camping at the Enchantments, Washington State
Camping at the Enchantments, Washington State © Scott Kranz

11. Enjoy the sunset

Taking in the sunset at The Enchantments in — you guessed it — Washington State.

Image showing a tent pitched in Northern Ethiopia, alongside some bikes.
All green in Northern Ethiopia © Nicolás Marino

12. Surround yourself with green mountains

This looks like the kind of place where you might see a hobbit, but this picture was actually taken in Ethiopia, not The Shire.

Mount Everest Base Camp on April 23rd, 2013
A full set-up at Everest Base Camp © Denis Klero/Red Bull Content Pool

13. Camp with friends

This is the temporary basecamp that was built when Valery Rozov did a BASE jump from Mount Everest.

Camping under the Milky Way at Summit Lake, Washington State
Under the Milky Way by Summit Lake © Scott Kranz

14. Take time to look at the stars

Catch the Milky Way at Summit Lake in Washington.

Camping amid the rocks at Sahale Glacier Camp, Washington State
Sahale Glacier Camp, Washington State © Scott Kranz

15. Pitch up in your own rock fortress

Feel like a King at Washington's Sahale Glacier Camp.

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16. Pitch by a river

17. Best for those who don’t sleepwalk

18. View of Mount Fuji? Yes, please

19. Yosemite camping

20. Beauty at night

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