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.

=D

If you want it done right, do it by hand.

Things have been very busy over here, between shipping tents to Nepal and working on new designs I have had  little time to blog about whats going on.  One of the things I’m really stoked on is the signage on the new space.  Jonathan Buck and I hand painted them and they look great! We even had some folks from the motorcycle shop across the street come by and ask if they could hire the guys that did it!

Getting ready to get dirty.

With a six pack and a handshake we sequestered the use of a scissor lift from the construction crew renovating the buildings around us. Armed with buckets of primer, rollers, tape measure, plumb line and Jonathan’s sweet Carhartt onesie (I was a little envious) we set out to work on what we thought woud be an easy scissor lift ride.

We were sorely mistaken. This beast had “Genie” emblazoned on the side panel. Now I don’t know if there was a genie in this thing, but it was definitely possessed . The joy stick had a twisted sense of humor, you wanted left it would go right, sometimes.. Other times it wouldn’t do anything, every now and then it would go left if you were lucky. However if luck was not on your side, it would leave you stranded 15 ft in the air.  Like all machines it started to show trends in behavior, and with just a bit of percussive therapy and patience we had it working for us.  Honestly, figuring that crazy thing out was the most fun we had all day.

The Gilman street-side sign

We painted three signs in two days. I was really following Jonathan’s lead on this one, he’s the artist of the gang. In fact he is one of the most photo realistic artists I have ever seen. We made a good team, he detailed while I filled in the blanks.

The rear sign. Finished with sunshine to spare.

 

The other thing i’m excited about is the effect we are having on the community. I found a Google street view of the warehouse before it was renovated. It is quite amazing to see the changes that have happened over the last few months. When we first moved to our basecamp, across the street was filled with trash, sofas, chairs, clothes and guitar cases there was even a giant stuffed monkey with over sized clown sunglasses.That trash had to go, or at least get decorated. Lucky  for us we just had a set of SlinFin stencils made and were eager to try them out, so Tim and I went across the street and did a little test.. We recuited one of Berkeley’s famous street personas to help us clean up the mess. He turned out to be a very lucid an intelligent fellow, and he had a killer work ethic!  We tried to help him but he refused saying, “I am fiercely independent!”  We loved this line and adopted it as a bit of a mantra.

We asked him how much he wanted for the job, stating that we had offered the previous guy (who never showed up)$40 bucks.  He said, “FORTY DOLLARS! I’ll do it for twenty and a banana, and ill do it right now!”  I bought him some juice and fruit and he went to work, meticulously moving the debris into the large dumpster we acquired. He had it cleaned up in no time flat, he even raked and swept the area.  We gave him forty dollars. He totally deserved it.

Future. Classic.@ SlingFin HQ

The L.F.D from outside our front door

 

The area is really starting to look a lot better. There is new life being poured into this once forgotten industrial lot in east Berkeley. And people are taking notice, we get dozens of smiles and waves through our front door every day.

That’s all for now, I have to go get some paint out of my shorts.

THANKS FOR READING!

=D

Puja footage!

The crew here at SlingFin would like to thank all the wonderful people who were with us at the puja on April 2! If your thoughts were the only were the only thing that could be with us, please enjoy this footage shot and edited by the preeminently talented Viva Barrows. (You can see more of Viva’s work here.)

Puja Ceremony – Blessing by Lama Tenzing from Slingfin on

If you didn’t believe what I said about Tsering’s voice in the previous post, here is the  proof.

Puja Ceremony – Tsering Wangmo New 1 from Slingfin on Vimeo.

Puja Ceremony – Tsering Wangmo New 2 from Slingfin

Photo - Jackie Moore

Mountain Trip just had a puja of their own. While the price for uploading videos from Everest is astronomically high, these clips will give you a general idea of how a puja is held. For more Everest puja shots go here.

 

Photo - Jackie Moore

One.. Two... Three... Flour!

 

Brian Larky & myself spitting some game to the The OneUp.

 

 

Lama Tenzing & Tsering Wangmo -Photo Jackie Moore

 

The list of thanks is too long to post!  We want to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to all the fine folks who made this event possible.

As with all things SlingFin does, this celebration for the people by the people, and we could not have done it without your support!

Thank You all.

=D

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.