Goodbye Heaters. Hello Rumpl.
Attention All Glampers! This is a special notice to let you know climate changes are headed our way. Contrary to what's happening in the rest of the world, things might be getting a wee bit colder at camp. Sadly, we will no longer be able to offer portable heaters in our tents. We'll tell you why in a minute, but first, we want to put your worries to rest.
No one likes sleeping outside when the temperature dips below 40 Fahrenheit. Ok, maybe some hardcore people do, but not us! So after testing a bazillion sleeping solutions, from igloo bedding to tundra sleeping bags and even considering coyote furs (#notreally), we finally found a solution.
Meet the Rumpl Super Fleece Blanket. It's heavy, it's warm, it's designed for outdoor comfort and that is what we're all about. On cold nights we'll add this layer on top of our duvets. We're pretty sure you'll be toasty, because we tried it indoors and out. We even had a dinner party to compare the Super Fleece alongside a double sleeping bag (too squished), a heat-reflective emergency blanket (too crinkly), and two heavy-weight wool blankets (too thin and itchy). Yes, there were brownies. The Super Fleece was the unanimous winner. (If you're still worried about being cold, we encourage you to bring a special someone or furry friend to help you turn up the heat.)
Why are we scrapping the heaters? Our guests' safety is our top priority in everything we do and our local code enforcement officers weren't 100% comfortable with our propane heaters. So we're following their lead and looking for safer, more effective heating solutions. We promise to send you updates!
Now the thing is, truly cold you-can-see-your-breath kind of nights are not normal at Firelight. These nights are mostly reserved for the most adventurous of glampers in May and October, with some surprise dips in September. But in a way, the very notion of braving cold nights gets us back to our original vision.
When we opened Firelight Camps, our dream was to give more people a true, outdoor experience without the hassle of investing in gear and setting it up themselves. We called this "elevated camping," and accomplished it with plush beds, hot showers, a full bar in the lobby tent and other glamorous touches. We're still looking for ways to make our guests more comfortable, but we don't want to rob them of adventure. The best memories are born from adventure, and that my friends, often begins with the weather. Pitter-patter on the canvas, board games, thunderous downpours, slush, frigid snow, snowmen, chocolate mud, double rainbows, bursting sunshine, listless grey upon grey, crimson sunsets, firefly explosions, must-swim-humidity. The great outdoors would become boring very quickly if it were always sunny and 70 degrees with nothing to report on.
The moral of the story is, "there's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing." So while we'll continue to do everything possible to make your stay as comfortable as can be, we've put together The Glamper's Essential Packing List to help you pack smartly and relish in Mother Nature's mood wherever you are: forest, lake, river, mountain, meadow or the shelter of our tents.
We love each and every one of you who has been willing to pioneer glamping with us in the U.S. It is most certainly the greatest adventure of our lifetime, and we couldn't be here without you. Thank you for your understanding and trust in us as we grow. Please don't hesitate to send any questions or ideas - we love ideas! - to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to stay in the loop on future heating solutions, join our newsletter.
With gratitude and campfire warmth,