Celebrating Roof Top Camping at Tepuifest 2016

4th annual festival unites Tepui community in Hollister Hills

By Joe Spota
Video by Michael Horn, Tradewinds HD

Nestled in the nooks of Hollister Hills the 4th annual Tepuifest united the versatile Tepui roof top tent community the weekend of October 14-16, 2016. Tepuifest attracted a variety of adventurous individuals and families challenging the nature of camping itself, even as an ominous storm began rolling in over the hills. Proud Tepui owners woke up dry and well rested – unlike their soggy counterparts in tents on the ground – after rain came through both Friday and Saturday nights.

Tepui staff hosted off road clinics into the Hollister Hills trails during the day, providing an element of adventure and some amazing landscape views. Back at camp, the days were filled with a delicious catered breakfast, bean toss games, horseshoes, raffle prizes, and of course the coveted Tepui awards show. Night activities ramped up with a fully catered dinner, open bar, live music, and an open mic as everyone loosened up.

Tepuifest 2016 was a testament to the audacity of the product and a celebration of the unique community that continues to challenge the conventional forms of camping.

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Tepuifest attendees gather at the "Top of the World" after an offroad trail run at Hollister Hills. Photo: Tom Owen.

Tepuifest attendees gather at the “Top of the World” after an offroad trail run at Hollister Hills. Photo: Tom Owen.

Carl Meyer shows off his vehicle, "Unimog," featuring a Tepui tent and an extra awning which stay mounted as he does offroad trail runs. Photo: Tom Owen.

Carl Meyer shows off his vehicle, “Unimog,” featuring a Tepui tent and an extra awning which stay mounted as he does offroad trail runs. Photo: Tom Owen.

Offroad trails at Hollister Hills rewarded those who chose to tackle them with breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Photo: Tom Owen.

Offroad trails at Hollister Hills rewarded those who chose to tackle them with breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Photo: Tom Owen.

Sheree, one of the musicians who performed at Tepuifest, takes a trail run with Tepui founder Evan Currid. Photo: Tom Owen.

Sheree, one of the musicians who performed at Tepuifest, takes a trail run with Tepui founder Evan Currid. Photo: Tom Owen.

New innovations from Tepui, such as the Baja Series (left) were showcased at Tepuifest, along with a selection of products from Tepui's vendor partners. Photo: Aloe Driscoll.

New innovations from Tepui, such as the Baja Series (left) were showcased at Tepuifest, along with a selection of products from Tepui’s vendor partners. Photo: Tepui Tents.

Dinner and breakfast for the weekened was included in the price of admission, and served up by Mexxi's Catering. Photo: Aloe Driscoll.

Dinner and breakfast for the weekend was included in the price of admission, and served up by Mexxi’s Catering. Photo: Tepui Tents.

Tepui employees enjoyed time hanging out with customers and putting products to the test. (left to right) Bill Gibson, Kyle Taylor, Sean Burke, Lauren Burke. Photo: Aloe Driscoll.

Tepui employees enjoyed time hanging out with customers and putting products to the test. (left to right) Bill Gibson, Kyle Taylor, Sean Burke, Lauren Burke. Photo: Tepui Tents.

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The 2-person Tepui Ayer tent is a compact model which is perfect for smaller vehicles. Photo: Joe Spota.

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The new Baja Series by Tepui features interchangeable canopies which can be switched out depending on conditions. Photo: Joe Spota.

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Top-of-the-world at Hollister Hills was a popular destination for offroaders at Tepuifest. Photo: Joe Spota.

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An array of Tepui tents, from the Kukenam (left) to the Ayer (center) to the Autana (right) were nestled among the trees. Photo: Joe Spota.

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Dominic Bove practices slacklining while Tepuifest attendees look on. Photo: Joe Spota.

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The Tepui Power Package includes Goal Zero solar panels which integrate into the tent cover, and a battery for charging devices at camp. Photo: Joe Spota.

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A vehicle specially designed for rock crawling tackles an advanced obstacle course at Hollister Hills OHV park. Photo: Joe Spota.

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Despite a forecast for heavy rain, attendees saw mostly sunny skies over the weekend of Tepuifest. Photo: Joe Spota.


 

Joe Spota is a photographer and videographer passionate about the environment and the many radical interactions humans can have with it. Whether behind the lens or in the water surfing, his fascination with nature has led him to obtain a degree in Environmental Studies. Joe is looking forward to traveling with his camera, guitar, surfboard and good friends to empty beaches.

 

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