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.

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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Everest at night

Photo- Neal Beidleman

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.

The B.F.D @ 17,500 ft Photo- Chris Davenport

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!

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

 

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.

B.F.D at night -- Photo- Chris Davenport

Photo- Neal Beidleman

Photo- Neal Beidleman

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Sushi on Everest!

Our friends at MT have been honing their skills in preparation for the trip to the top.

Big thanks to laurie! Not only did she haul a L.F.D from the states to Basecamp, but she brought sushi too!

Life at basecamp seems like a lot of fun! They will have puja to bless the expedition and pay homage to the mighty mountain.

B.F.D in E.B.C!

Welcome to Everest!

The B.F.D standing strong!

The crew at Mountain Trip have been working hard setting up a stout and luxurious basecamp! The B.F.D will be main meeting place for the team while in EBC, and will be the “dome away from home” for the basecamp managers over the next six weeks! It safely houses a staggering array satellite phones, solar power cells, batteries, laptops, BGAN and other communication equipment. In addition to this  it will be the dining tent for 20+ people.

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.MMMM... spacious...

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.

OneUp with floor.

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