SlingFin is making headlines!

No, its not because of the reports of U.F.O sightings on Gilman St..

The outer shell of a OneUP suspended above the inner tent.

 

 

It’s about L.F.D sightings on Everest!

The L.F.D in Camp 2 (21,300 ft) Photo- Mountain Trip.

“When a team of climbers reached the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday, they had a significant advantage over other teams this spring, many of whom were forced to turn back short of the world’s tallest peak by bad weather.”…..

 

……”Our goal is not to build this business up and sell it off. We’re not a marketing company; we’re a product-driven company that in the long run will translate into relationships with the people who appreciate this gear and will support it. In the short run it will be very challenging, but this is the way to properly brand the business in the long run.” Read the entire article here.

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Moonrise over the L.F.D.

Moonrise over the L.F.D @ Camp 2. Photo-Neal Beidleman

We have received many amazing photos from Everest this season, and one thing keeps coming to mind; a large majority of all the tents on this mountain were designed by Martin Zemitis.

Martin has been designing outdoor since he was in high school, and SlingFin is the culmination of the past 30+ years of his experience. The materials in SlingFin tents are not revolutionary;  but the manner in which they are applied most definitely are.

In a way, every shelter he has made was a prototype for our current design model. The proper use of fabrics and materials in the right places, in order to provide the highest level of function and strength for the required conditions.

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MOUNTAIN TRIP IS ON TOP OF THE WORLD!

Ephi just waiting to get into his tent

Thanks to the strong and experienced guides at Mountain Trip, they had a 100% summit success!

All the comforts of home in our big dome! Laurie brings sushi to base camp.

 

And what from what i’ve seen from the crew so far, this group does it right. Sushi at base camp? Labatts beer at Camp 3 @24,500ft ?  Days of extras oxygen at Camp 4? Sounds like Mountain Trip pulls out all the stops for their clients, add to that guides like Scott Woolums and Bill Allen who have spent more nights in the back country than an alaskan bear cub, and you have a recipe for a solid expedition team.

A.A.I HAS DONE IT! EVEREST AND LHOTSE DOUBLE SUMMIT!

Alpine Ascents’ website officially reports: At 4:22 am on May 20th 2011, Garrett Madison, Tom Halliday and Kami Rita Sherpa made the summit of Lhotse!

This is a truly amazing feat of mountaineering in all aspects of the sport. The level of skill and sheer endurance that this type of climb requires is possessed by very few people on this earth.

Garett Madision and his Rain-on tech box that allowed him to tweet from the summit of both mountains

CONGRATULATIONS BOYS!

A.A.I HAS MADE IT TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD!

The team from A.A.I returned to Camp 4 after a safe and successful summit push! Garrett and his crew stood on top of the world at 8:30am this morning. If that wasn’t enough, three of the team plan to make the one hour traverse to Lhotse high camp, take a short rest and then to the summit of the fourth highest mountain in the world.

To quote Robert Link; “Thats just maniacal…. But thats a very talented and strong crew, if anybody could pull it off it’s those boys.”

Congrats team!

WE KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!

The guides from A.A.I in The OneUp at Camp 1

Just a side note here, The OneUp in the configuration seen above weighs just over 11lbs. I know of no other tent that can give that much space for the weight and still hang tough at Camp 1.

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The OneUp: Not just for Everest.

Jim praising the waterfall

This past Weekend I had the chance to take a OneUp out to Point Reyes for a short backpacking trip with some friends. We hiked out to Wildcat camp which just happens to sit on a two mile unspoiled beach with a waterfall that shoots off the cliffs in to the ocean.

The OneUP at Wildcat Camp 6, Point Reyes Califorina

OneUp with Floor, Inner tent and Fly in place. Look at the tension! You could bounce a quarter off that fly!

OneUp with the fly rolled back for airflow and shade.

 

This structure never fails to impress me, every time I take it on a trip The OneUp gives me another reason I should  sell all my other tents and stop waisting time thinking about what  to bring on my next trek. This is the most versatile shelter I have ever inhabited. The OneUp adapts to the surrounding environment allowing you to actually occupy your tent during the heat of the day.

The fact that the Webtruss is a totally independent structure is what sets The OneUp apart from every other tent on the market.  The main goal of this structure is to be super versatile, think of the Webtruss as an exoskeleton that can adapt to your needs. 

Say it’s raining and your group needs a place to eat: Just stretch the fly over the frame and bingo you have a massive “single wall” floorless tent that will fit 5 people with room to spare! When you are done just reattach the inner tent body and you have a fully enclosed double wall bomb shelter, with two huge freestanding vestibules.

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The Guides’ Choice.

Inside the L.F.D during the windstorm. Human reinforcement!

It says a lot when a guide chooses a tent on Everest.  This shelter must be  exceptionally strong, after all this space will be your sanctuary when you need it most.  If a hurricane is blowing in the bay of bengal and  the temperature in Camp 2  @ 21,500ft drops to -20f  with gale force winds, the tent you have chosen is not just a structure…  It’s life support.

The L.F.D still standing at Camp 2 after a heavy wind storm.

And this is just what happened at Camp 2 on May 6. A big wind storm kicked up at night and blew fierce in to the morning, reports speak of 50-80 mph winds that devastated 30% of the entire camp. The Mountain Trip team only lost two tents in the ordeal and everybody is doing just fine.

“Just wanted to let you know that the LFD is hanging tough up at Camp 2 (21,500 ft +/-) in 50-80mph winds while other tents are snapping poles.  Scott Woolums is up there today, and said the dome is doing great.  I just came down to base camp yesterday with my crew, after spending the last week up there and really think that the LFD is the best dining tent or dome up at Camp 2.  We really appreciate all the windows, and ventilation options, the big doors, etc.   The biggest concern that we had was how it would do in the wind, and it is standing up to the test right now.  We were able to secure it really well all the way around.  Climbers from other teams stop by regularly to check out the dome and I think they are all jealous.”
-Bill Allen Mountain Trip.

Rows of flattened tents @ 21,500 ft in Camp 2.

This is where the little details become HUGE factors.

SlingFin is the first to use ET70 (titanium dioxide bias binding) on the tent body and perimeter (BFD and LFD). This is an important detail since nylon and polyester bias bindings will degrade much sooner than the rest of the tent which is made of ET70.

All perimeter tie-outs and grommet tabs have a grosgrain reinforcement. This helps to strengthen the tent fabric in high stress areas where the fabric is under excessive tension or areas with bar tacks.

SlingFin tents are equipped with Easton® Expedition grade 7075-T9 tent tube. Easton aluminum tent tube is hard anodized and has the highest yield strength available in the industry.

All stress points are reinforced with extra fabric or grosgrain and sewn with a bar tack or reinforced by back tacking the stress area. Back tacks are most commonly applied to stress areas that would be damaged by a bar tack machine.

These are some of the little details and fine points that separate a thoughtfully designed mountaineering dome from a pile of poles and fabric.

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First Image of the One Up on Everest!

Today is a big day for us. The first images of the OneUp nestled in on Everest at 19,800 ft  have come in courtesy of Garrett Madison. The wind has been howling up there pushing gusts of +60 knots over night. Garett and two other guides spent the night in the OneUp with the inner body set up for warmth and extra protection. Reports were that the vent system works great in high winds, allowing for minute changes in the zipper apex in order to control spindrift and airflow. The crew at AAI have been putting the SlingFin systems to the test in some of  the harshest conditions anywhere on earth. We gave Garett a custom Easton Carbon Fiber pole set for this expedition, shaving almost a pound off the total weight of the tent.

We are very happy to provide this level of high-end gear supply to guide services on Everest. We see it as a mutuality beneficial relationship. They get a supply of what may be the finest expedition shelters ever made, and in return they get to beat the living bejezzus out of it, and come back with advice and design ideas that are impossible to test under average conditions.

THE ONEUP IN CAMP 1. LOTSE, NUPTSE AND THE WEST SHOULDER OF EVEREST IN THE BACKGROUND

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