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Relax, explore & enjoy. We take care of the rest. Our glamping retreats are an outdoor hospitality experience unlike any other. Operation #KickstartGlampingSanDiego was successfully funded on 3/31/19.
Relax, explore & enjoy. We take care of the rest. Our glamping retreats are an outdoor hospitality experience unlike any other. Operation #KickstartGlampingSanDiego was successfully funded on 3/31/19.
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Welcome to our Kickstarter page for Alter Experiences LLC. Our company was founded in 2016 by husband wife team Rami and Shantel, out of their passion for tourism, hospitality and environmental conservation. They combined these passions into the tourism model we've built today and we look forward to another year of strategic expansion in 2019. 

We've been in full operation as of 2018 with a pilot project in the Cleveland National Forest, under permission of the US Forestry Service. We've hosted over 80+ visitors so far from 16 different cities with nothing but raving reviews.  

Favorite Reviews of 2018
Favorite Reviews of 2018

We're excited to share our NEW plans for expansion, which we invite you to be a part of.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 to outfit 6-8 additional glamping sites throughout the San Diego backcountry including places such as Laguna Mountain in the Cleveland National Forest, as well as new sites in Fort Cross near historic Julian. 

In just 2 years, we've established a successful, year-round outdoor hospitality business with a proven track record. Our operation is growing fast as outdoor hospitality trends continue to grow in popularity around the world. 

Here's what we’ve accomplished for San Diego's outdoor hospitality industry In the 2 years since our founding;

  • We’re the first and only glamping outfitter permitted in a California National Park
  • We’re currently the only outdoor hospitality & glamping venue of it’s kind in San Diego
  • We’re the first and only year round Tentsile (tree tents) Experience Camp in the world  
San Diego's Backcountry is the ultimate outdoor lovers playground!
San Diego's Backcountry is the ultimate outdoor lovers playground!

Our glamping sites are located in the heart of the San Diego Central mountain regions and will include a combination of bell tents and tree tents, as well as interior furnishing and amenities. 

Our glamping retreats are an outdoor hospitality experience unlike any other. Our primary sites are nestled in the high mountain forests of San Diego's backcountry - sky islands where pristine nature and wild-life thrives. These are some of the most remote and biologically diverse habitats in all of Southern California that comprise many open space preserves, National Forest Lands and State Parks.

Each of our sites are created with your comfort in mind.
Each of our sites are created with your comfort in mind.

You'll be in for a very memorable mountain getaway in beautiful San Diego, just over an hour away from the coast. More importantly, you'll be helping our company set exciting new trends in the outdoor hospitality industry, while supporting the growth of sustainable tourism models in Southern California.

Alter Experiences handcrafted leather bracelet & thank you card
Alter Experiences handcrafted leather bracelet & thank you card

We strive to create the most comfortable outdoor experiences possible. We take all that's fun about traditional camping & combine it with modern comfort & state of the art equipment. The result is an outdoor & nature immersive experience unlike any other.

We love getting people out in nature to disconnect and build memories together. 

Come experience our glamping retreat for yourself with pledges starting as low as $99.


Bell Tent | Site Staging Video  

We really set out to create a new standard for outdoor hospitality with our bell tent. Our plush &  cozy bell tent was designed with the ultimate comfort in mind! It comes  with a therapeutic queen mattress, pillows, linens, comforter, bedside  tables, plush carpets & floor pillows, ambient lighting, chairs  & can fit up to 4 people. The tent is ideal for families or couples looking for a private weekend getaway.

Our bell tent also features a safe & portable propane heater that keeps the tent nice and warm even during  the coldest nights. The tents are completely snow and rain proof and also have ventilation windows for summer months with bug guard. The canonical shape deflects wind and leaves no place for rain or snow to  gather. Stout Tents are the highest quality tent on the market &  we've hosted dozens of groups in the rain and snow. 

Sout Tent in the Snow
Sout Tent in the Snow

Tree Tent | Site Staging Video

When we launched Alter Experiences, we set out to find the most  comfortable and extraordinary tent on the market. We wanted something  unique and exciting that would awaken the inner child and encourage  people to camp more often.

Tentsile’s one of a kind design,  industrial strength quality and devotion towards conservation is  everything we were looking for and more! For every tent sold they plant  18 trees and work with organizations to help stop deforestation. Their  mission is to plant 1 million trees and that’s a mission that we can  definitely get behind!

But ultimately we had to make sure that  we weren’t the only ones crazy about them; guest satisfaction would be  the ultimate stamp of approval… and they passed with flying colors!

Photo credit Carson Davis Brown - Photo credit SMN Film
Photo credit Carson Davis Brown - Photo credit SMN Film

We’ve hosted guests from all walks of life, from avid campers to  total newbies! We’ve had parents with kids as young as 2 & 3 years  old that were fascinated by our double bubble setup. We hosted parents  that had bonding opportunities with their kids that they had only dreamt  of. We even had several ladies retreats and a small bachelor party, to  our pleasant surprise!

These are the kind of wonderful  experiences we envisioned our guests having and we can’t wait to expand  our operation to be able to host many more groups to come!

Based on availability starting from May 2019
Based on availability starting from May 2019

The versatile & groundbreaking Tentsile Tree Tent is a marvel in  design. This comfortable outdoor shelter keeps you elevated above inhospitable terrain, insects, snakes & other creepy crawlies. The  Stingray Tree Tent is our flagship three-person model made with a  spacious, triple hammock interior that keeps campers separated &  comfortable, & micro-mesh that shields you overhead. The tent is  accessed via a floor hatch with rope ladder. 

The structure comprises an  adjustable frame of 2.5 tonne webbing straps & is enclosed in a PU-coated waterproof polyester fabric fly. The webbing frame is held in  tension at each of the three anchor points with ratchets & stays surprisingly taut & firm under weight. It can withstand up to  880lbs. The rainfly enclosure guards against the elements—which also forms a shaded area below & wind breaking thermal buffer once pegged to the ground. 

We have tree tents for couples and single glampers. Your  tree tent comes with sleeping pads, single or double sleeping bag, pillow & lights.

2018 Julian Chamber of Commerce Mixer at our site in Laguna Mountain
2018 Julian Chamber of Commerce Mixer at our site in Laguna Mountain

The Company

Alter Experiences LLC is an outdoor hospitality company, dedicated to creating meaningful experiences in nature & encouraging sustainable tourism development globally. We founded the company in 2016, with the hope of setting some new and exciting tourism trends in our hometown of San Diego, CA.

Since our founding in 2016, we've hosted dozens of groups from all over the United States during our short time in operation, under permit from the Cleveland National Forest. We also have at least 2 other sites in Julian including Fort Cross. 

We're excited to be offering this one of a kind experience in one of the world's top ten tourism destinations. We're also working on expanding into new and exotic destinations all over the world in the near future with our glamping caravan.

We are dedicated to engendering a culture of responsible tourism in San Diego and abroad, while encouraging people to get outdoors & immerse themselves in nature. We stage and prepare your site to make sure that your stay is both safe and comfortable. 

2018 Pilot Project - Cleveland National Forest

Alter Experience LLC currently operates under permit on the Cleveland National Forest. We were issued a 1-year permit for a pilot project that was initiated in April of 2018 in the Laguna / El Prado Campground. Our permit has been renewed in 2019 and we've been granted additional sites to expand our operation. 

2018 was a very exciting stage of growth for our company. It’s been a period of much success and we’ve learned a lot about the emerging outdoor hospitality market in California and abroad. 

We're getting new reservation requests coming in almost daily and the demand is getting harder to keep up with. 

We continue to streamline and improve the operation and have many other ideas towards enhancing the experience into 2020. 

We've developed a sustainable, low-impact, profitable outdoor recreation business model that can be easily adopted in any other destination.

We want to continue getting people outdoors with your help, so that they can have amazing and memorable experiences in nature. 


 Backstory 

Shantel and Rami have been married since 2006. All these years they shared a dream of creating a model based on principles of sustainability, minimalist living and responsible business. A lot of the inspiration behind this vision came from their many years working in the ecotourism and hospitality sector abroad. They had the opportunity to visit some of the most bio-diverse and pristine destinations on the planet, while learning about sustainable tourism models and environmental conservation. 

The more they learned, the more they became concerned about the devastating impacts that unsustainable human activity continues to have on the natural world. Everything from shark fining, plastic pollution, de-forestation, water contamination to habitat destruction all over the world. 

They started to get involved in environmental activism and supporting different initiatives and campaigns towards environmental conservation. They also began to embrace a minimalist lifestyle over the last few years, with the understanding that a lot of what's driving these problems are some of our current consumer trends and culture of materialism. 

This amalgamation of their lifestyle, passion for nature and business approach ultimately became Alter Experiences LLC. It is the result of an ever-evolving dream, very different from the busy modern day world. It’s a vision of a simpler place where life is basic, beautiful & in resonance with nature. 

Thank you for stopping by and we look forward to hosting you soon.

Budget Breakdown

The money we're raising will be used to purchase equipment to outfit our various sites. We hope to exceed our budget and be able to invest in a glamping caravan for pop-up events, weddings and other outdoor oriented over-night experiences. 

The $25,000 we're raising will go towards the acquisition and outfitting of 4 bell tents and 5 tree tents. 

The equipment we'll be purchasing is from tried and tested manufacturers of the highest quality outdoor equipment. Our 2 tent distributors are Tentsile and Stout Tent. We've tested various brands during our year in operation that can withstand the mountain weather and temperatures. Both these companies stood the test in even the harshest winter conditions. 

Cost to purchase and outfit 4 Stout tent sites: $17,800

Cost to purchase and outfit 4 Tentsile tree tent sites: $7,200

Total to Outfit 8 New Glamping Sites
Total to Outfit 8 New Glamping Sites

Relax, explore & enjoy. We take care of the rest.

Join us in a nature immersive retreat to one of Southern California's most pristine & biologically diverse habitats.

Stout bell tent interior
Stout bell tent interior

Alter Experiences LLC operates under permit on the Cleveland National Forest.”

"This institution is an equal opportunity provider.” 

Risks and challenges

This project has been operational on a small scale as of April 2018. We've received a lot of support from the local community, residents and local officials. Our biggest challenge has been managing guest expectations with individuals who have little experience staying overnight in the outdoors. From pre-arrival briefings to on-site orientation / meet and greet - we spend a significant amount of time to ensure we're delivering the best outdoor experience possible, as well as gauging our visitors level of outdoor experience. Due to our own sustainable business approach and building restrictions in the National Forest, we're limited on expansion opportunities as market demand continues to grow. We'll be facing increasing competition with a business model that requires little capitol to entry. We’ve identified as many potential obstacles as possible; from safety concerns to winter storms. We feel confident that we'll be able to navigate through these obstacles with innovative marketing and a quality over quantity approach. Please feel free to contact us with additional questions.

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Long-lasting design

Our tree tents and bell tents are non-permanent structures that cause little disturbance to the surrounding environment and natural habitat. Our model allows you to enjoy a nature immersive experience in comfort, without the traditional infrastructure of building an intrusive cabin or lodging facility. Both our bell tent and tree tents can be set-up and taken down in a matter of hours, leaving no permanent footprint behind.

We place a lot of emphasis on responsible tourism and environmental stewardship during our guest engagement. We work closely with State, Federal and local authorities to ensure we're developing business policies that support a culture of environmental stewardship and responsible tourism.

We align with responsible companies like Tentsile, which plant 18 trees for every tent sold. We've also actively supported the efforts of both the San Diego Backcountry Visitors Bureau, as well as the Julian Chamber of commerce, as well as many other conservation efforts in San Diego's backcountry.

We continue to advocate for policies that support ensure the environmental protection and conservation of our backcountry.

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    Thank You Card From Company Founders!

    For a $10 pledge you'll be getting a thank you post card from our company founders, acknowledging you as one of our first company supporters and a glamping rock star! Hold onto that post card for exclusive offers year round, as one of our first company backers.

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    Commemorative Barcelet

    You'll be looking so fly with this handcrafted leather bracelet featuring our company brand, along with a thank you card from our company founders for being a glamping double rockstar! All for $30 bucks! That's a deal! And that thank you pledge card will give you even more deals in the future!

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    Party on the Mountain

    The big SHABANG! Lets party in the backcountry! You're going to want to get ready for this one. You'll be joining us for a fun-filled party at Fort Cross, culminating the night with drinks and food at the Julian Station. This day long experience will include a tour of our sites and a personal day of meet and greet with our company founders. You'll be trying some of our local food & libations including farm to table delicacies and locally produced beer, wine, and cider. Our company founders will be engaging you throughout the day with stories about our plans, as well as our efforts towards environmental protection. Thank you card included!

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    1 Night Tree Tent Glamping (2 people)

    This is the ONE folks. Magic on the mountain. Spend a night glamping in our Tentsile tree tents with a friend or significant other. You can share a tree tent or we can prepare individual tree tents. Your site comes complete with sleeping bag, standard amenities, lounge area, & outdoor kitchen. Our elevated tree tents bring a whole new dimension to the traditional camping experience. Based on availability starting from May 2019. Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Available for weekday bookings only. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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    1 Night Tree Tent Glamping (4 people)

    Spend a night glamping in our Tentsile tree tents with up to 4 of your favorite people. We have single tents, double tents and triple tents to choose from. We can stage any combination of tent configurations to suit your group needs. The kids love it and parents can spend a romantic night together in our Connect tree tent, cuddling in a cozy jumbo sleeping bag for 2! Your site comes complete with sleeping bags, standard amenities, lounge area, & outdoor kitchen. Based on availability starting from May 2019. Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Available for weekday bookings only. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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    1 Night Luxury Bell Tent (2 people)

    1 night glamping in our plush and cozy bell tent with a friend or significant other. Our luxury bell tent was designed with the ultimate comfort in mind! It comes with a therapeutic queen mattress, pillows, linens, comforter, bedside tables, plush carpets & floor pillows, ambience lighting, and chairs. Your site also comes complete with standard amenities, heater, lounge area, & outdoor kitchen. Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Available for weekday bookings only. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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    2 Nights Tree Tent Glamping (2 people)

    Extend your stay and spend 2 nights glamping in our Tentsile tree tents with a friend or significant other. Plenty of time to explore, check out our trails including the PCT and all the other beautiful wonders the San Diego backcountry has to offer. Stop by Julian and Lake Cuyamaca. The drive up Sunrise Highway is so picturesque! Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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    2 Nights Tree Tent Glamping (4 people)

    Spend 2 nights glamping in our Tentsile tree tents under the stars with up to 4 of your favorite people. Ideal for the families and ask about our double bubble if you have young kids. Our site in Laguna Mountain is located deep inside the Cleveland National Forest by the Big Laguna Lake Trail. This is a remote and beautiful campground away from it all. Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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    2 Nights Luxury Bell Tent ( 2 people)

    Spend 2 nights glamping in our cozy bell tent. Ideal for a romantic couples getaway! Enjoy nature in comfort with your significant other. You'll have plenty of time to unwind and explore some of the beauty and bio-diversity of the backcountry. Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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    2 Nights Luxury Bell Tent (4 people)

    Spend 2 nights glamping in our cozy bell tent with up to 4 of your favorite people. Ideal for the family or for a private retreat. Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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    2 Nights Tree Tent Glamping (8 people)

    TREE TENT GROUP PACKAGE! Spend 2 nights glamping in our Tentsile tree tents with a group of up to 8 people. Bring your buddies and celebrate a special occasion. This also makes for a wonderful family or private group retreat. We can configure tree tents based on your group's needs and sleeping requirements. Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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    2 Nights Luxury Bell Tent (8 people)

    BELL TENT GROUP PACKAGE! Spend 2 nights glamping in our bell tents with up a group of up to 8. Bring the family or a group of friends for a weekend getaway to San Diego's beautiful backcountry. We're just over an hour from the coast. Our luxury bell tent was designed with the ultimate comfort in mind! Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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    2 Nights Tree/Bell Tent Comb (20 people)

    This is the ultimate San Diego Group Glamping experience! Spend two nights with 20 of your best buds and hang out together in the trees and lounge in our elegant bell tent setup. Learn about the area from our company founders; hiking, bio-diversity heritage and conservation. This package also include a guided local culinary and libation experience. Enjoy a trip into the historic town of Julian and learn about Southern California's history and heritage. Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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    2 Nights Tree/Bell Tent Comb (50 people)

    This is the San Diego's ultimate GLAMPING EVENT RETREAT! Come out and celebrate something special for two nights with 50 of your favorite people! Hang out together in the trees and lounge in our elegant bell tent setup. Learn about the area from our company founders; hiking, bio-diversity heritage and conservation. This package also include a guided local culinary and libation experience. Enjoy a trip into the historic town of Julian and learn about Southern California's history and heritage. Includes cleaning fee charge. Kickstarter promotional rates are on average 30% off our standard rate. Thank You card included. (Reservations based on availability.)

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Funding period

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