R&D in Chimborazo, Ecuador

Robert Link founder of Mountain Link,  just got back from Ecuador. He was given the task of running a prototype One Up through its paces on Chimborazo, the country’s highest peak, and if anybody can do that its Robert!

look at those vestibules!

He came back with nothing but rave reviews and some stellar ideas for improvements to the snow-skirt and guy-out system.

 

Puja @ SlingFin HQ!

The crew at SlingFin will be holding a traditional Puja on April 2nd.   If you love tents and find yourself in the Bay Area, come by and be some of the first lucky people to interact and play with these revolutionary structures! 

Puja stupa at Everest Basecamp Photo-Robert Link

 

 

Definition: Pūjā: performed as an offering to various deities, distinguished persons, or special guests.  It is done on a variety of occasions and settings, from daily puja done in the home, to temple ceremonies and large festivals, or important undertakings like climbing a mountain or beginning a new venture…
Where:

SlingFin
1300 Fifth Street    (on the corner of Fifth and Gilman)
Berkeley, CA 94710
1.888.845.9912
slingfin@gmail.com
www.slingfin.com
Libations: Beverages and snacks will be served.
Parking: There is plenty of on-street parking.
Access: The event is wheelchair accessible.
Tours: Tours of our new home and products will be held hourly.
RSVP: This is an invitation only event and we must receive your reply for you to attend.  Please RSVP
by sending an e-mail to slingfin@gmail.com. 

-Photo-Robert Link

SlingFin has a New Basecamp!

We have moved to our new location!

The bay area has long been the genesis point for innovative outdoor gear. Gilman Street in particular has seen the rise of names like The North Face and Mountain Hardwear.  Berkeley alone has cradled more outdoor brands than any other city in the states hands down.

It took some serious route finding  but it proved to be worth the wait. We landed on Gilman Street in Berkeley C.A. a main artery for the birth of epic outdoor ventures. We are very grateful to have landed on this historic stretch.

We are the large brown building in the background.   And look who is right across the street…

It is a beautiful double warehouse space built in 1930 as an ink factory.  With foot thick cement walls this place is just how we like it.. built to last.

The first space comes equipped with two story high ceilings, this is a good thing because the setting up a B.F.D with 30 ft poles and a 415 sq ft floor plan, the average cubicle space just can’t cut it.  Most of our time will be spent here, the huge skylights let in sun all day and this is where we want to be.. next to the tents! We even set up our massage table in our L.F.D.

The second space is about half the size in terms of height and width but just as long.  Yet what it lacks in size it makes up for with its contents. (that’s saying something when next door is filled with tents that look like they fell of the moon).

In the finely organized boxes on the shelves lining this room is the most comprehensive library of tenting materials I have ever seen. There are rows of poles made of carbon fiber, titanium, scandium, steel and aluminum in every possible diameter, tent steaks and anchor systems from military to commercial grade, not to mention the clips, cams, hubs and fabric and webbing and thread.

The creative possibilities in this room are endless.  On the far wall is a line of industrial sewing machines, one of them we call “Bessie” her needle is as thick as a ten-penny nail, and the thread looks like twine.. Bessie could sew your grandpappy’s boots together.

If it has been made in the past 30 years and it had to do with tents it’s in here somewhere, and if it came in titanium Martin probably has that too..

=Devon

 

We are very grateful to have landed on this historic stretch.