Michael Horst is a mountaineer who has recently added a page to mountaineering history.
This past May he summited Everest and Lhotse in 21 hours, making him the first human to accomplish such a feat. He was followed by another team of climbers led by Garett Madison, who were using the L.F.D on their expedition.
Being a good friend of SlingFin and with his recent accomplishments, we offered Michael a prototype of a tent we are developing called the Hardshell.
The Hardshell is the smallest of our alpine tent line designed to be pushed up high on the mountain and shelter 3-4 climbers and gear. Built around the Webtruss the Hardshell has all the advantages of the OneUp in a smaller lighter package and a full pole supported vestibule.
Michael got the Hardshell to 11,000ft at Ingraham Flats on Mt.Rainier and came back with great reviews and some stunning photos. This little fortress is in the final stages of development and with its recent performance in the field, we are certain it will be a driving force as strong as those it was designed to withstand.
We are also working on a few other models and if you look closely at the album on Facebook you may be able to spot them...
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
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.
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
A crowd of sherpas gather to see what all the buzz is about.
As the team moves higher on the mountain the group shelters need to adapt to the conditions and become smaller, lighter, stronger! Enter the OneUp...
The OneUp is the most functional tent in our line, main goal of this structure is to be hyper versatile. Think of the Webtruss as an exoskeleton that can adapt to your needs.
The OneUp with four chairs!-Photo-Jackie Moore
Say the weather is pounding and your group needs shelter : Just stretch the fly over the frame and you have a massive "single wall" floorless tent that will fit 5-6 people with room to spare! After your meal, reattach the inner tent body and you have a fully enclosed "double wall" bomb shelter that will sleep 2-3, with two huge freestanding vestibules. This is what the OneUp will be used for in Camp-2.