Here’s a recent pic of Jacob Schmitz slacklining at EBC with a lovely backdrop. I’m referring to the SlingFin BFD (7m dome), but the Himalayas are quite pretty too. Read more about the expedition on Mountain Trip’s website. http://mountaintrip.com/everest/mount-everest-expedition-2015/
Yes this is the inside of a tent, but this is not just any tent; this is the BFD! @ 23 ft across and 415 square ft weighing in at only 72 pounds this is the largest tent for the weight available for mountaineering. And its incredibly strong too, it has proven itself on Everest.
It’s about L.F.D sightings on Everest!
“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.
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.
Thanks to the strong and experienced guides at Mountain Trip, they had a 100% summit success!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located at 23,000 ft Camp 2 is also known as advanced basecamp, because it serves many of the same duties as the lower camp just smaller. This is exactly why we built the 200 square foot L.F.D. With ten easton poles and ET70 fabric coated with titanium dioxide, the L.F.D is right at home here, and can withstand these harsh conditions for a very long time.
Reports are that Camp 2 has been getting pummeled with 50-60 mph winds over the past few days, yet the L.F.D stands strong providing shelter for the group to eat in.
Many thanks to our friends at Mountain Trip for all the great photos and in-depth blog postings!
-Photo Credit– Mountain Trip.
BIG THANKS to the Mountain Trip team! These folks are putting SlingFins gear to the test and coming back with fantastic beta, and some amazing photography as well.
There is something very satisfying about seeing the B.F.D. in its rightful place. To see a design go from paper and rulers to an extremely refined structure sitting at 17,500 ft set up as a communication center, or the L.F.D in Camp 2 as a dining tent (21,500 ft) it’s very cool.
From M.T’S Blog: ” Camp 2 is sometimes referred to as “Advanced Base Camp” (ABC) and we supply it to create an essentially smaller version of our base facilities. We have a kitchen tent with 4 Sherpas working hard to keep us fed and camp running smoothly, and a smaller version of our massive SlingFin dome that we’ve set up for our dining tent. The rest of the Sherpa team keep delivering loads of food, fuel, tents, and oxygen up here every couple of days to stage for the upper mountain. This morning they showed up with a dog following them. The dog crossed all the ladders with ease apparently… We’ll try to track down a photo of the dog on the ladder and post it later.” I will definitely stay tuned to see a shot of that dog on an ice ladder!
Chris Davenport is one of the members of the Mountain Trip team. He just wrote a new book; Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. And from the looks of the above photo this guy is truly hooked on skiing. He is also the one taking some of the sweet night shots.