verdant |ˈvərdnt| adjective (of countryside) green with grass or other rich vegetation. • of the bright green color of lush grass : a deep, verdant green.
Every time I head to oregon I am quickly reminded of its beauty, verdancy and abundance of generally nice people.
This trip was no exception, and what a trip it was. It was a good thing that we were packed to go rafting, having all the drybags and wet weather gear really came in handy when it decided to rain for days on end.
When it comes to gear testing there was no better time to be on the river. The OneUp was a great asset when it came to hanging up all that wet gear from the internal guy lines, and the roll back floor allowed the water to drip right back on to the sand.
As usual everywhere we go people want to know.. What is that structure? We got asked that question buy just about every group that passed us, but this one fellow asked us for our website and I hollered SLINGFIN.COM! I was sure he didn't hear me as he rushed down river, but sure enough a few days later this picture popped up in our inbox.. As it turns out his name was Steve Roelof, and on top of having great hearing, he takes stunning river shots & has a site called http://www.westernriverimages.com/ it is filled with beautiful pics.
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.
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
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.
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.
In fact I think it is art of the highest degree. A perfect marriage of form and function through design is a wonderful thing to interact with.
Case in point: The other day, a couple walked into the studio (the door was open and the grateful dead were blazing at top volume) they looked interested and a little confused. They said is this The North Face? I grinned and said "Far from it!"
At this point Martin came up and offered them a beer from a keg wrapped in sleeping bags. (Insulation testing) This caused them to look a little more confused and subsequently more interested. I turned Jerry down a little, and took them outside to look at the tents.
She was an artist and he was an architect. She said "driving by we thought this was an art installation". pushing on the truss with both hands the husband said "it is!"
I liked these people, they saw the marriage of art and function. So I took them over and removed a pole set from a Webtruss. I gave her the poles and said "don't be gentle you can't hurt it."
She started cramming the pole into the sleeve, the architect sprung into action and was on the other end of the pole in a flash. At the same time they both exclaimed "WOW", then on to another pole, and another. the tent was up in no time flat.