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Valandre and SlingFin Bivvi Experience !

 

 

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You know what you get, once you get a Valandre Odin expedition bag, but what tent will match it? So we called in US tent maker SlingFin for the gear test at the Chamonix Mountain Festival. And to match the SlingFin SafeHouse2 tent (3883g with Alu poles, 3688g with Carbon poles), we threw in a “SUPER SIZED” Shocking Blue: The Odin NEO (1679g), and the MAXIMIZER: the Thor NEO (1951g)!

There are only six places available! so email us

The price: only €50 per person and an option to buy your Valandre sleeping bag at production price.

If you require accommodation through the UCPA, just email us – to help with the UCPA administration and take advantage of a discounted rate.

If you also would like to take part in the Festival, book the whole week here!

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Super-size it.. don’t criticize it..!

valandre chamonix mountain festival

In the line of technical goose down sleeping bags, the Shocking Blue stands out in its own category. Nick named “Saint hot as hell” in the USA, this bag has always surprised its users, as it offers a performance that a bag in its category normally would not offer. Field test confirm that the bag can resist 25C (limit of comfort) with 781g of down and 1380g total weight.

So just for fun we just “SUPER SIZED”a Shocking Blue with a 30% increase in baffle height, from 7,5cm to 10cm, and hence the down load from 781g to 1041g. The total weight passes from 1380g to 1680g And, that is a BIG Bag!

Valandre ODIN NEO expedition sleeping bags

Enough is not enough, so we rolled another one and “MAXIMIZED” a Shocking Blue with 60%. Baffle height from7,5cm to 12cm, and down load from 781g to 1249g and hence a total weight of 1951g.

The two bags will be presented at the OUTDOOR trade show in Friedrichshafen and later at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, and are due to replace the expedition bags Odin and Thor.

So to be well-prepared for the shows, Valandré will conduct a field test at the Mountain Festival with tent maker SlingFin from USA, putting 3 Odin NEO and 3 Thor NEO into field test on the massif and in altitude. 3 two men tents from SlingFin will be available for the test.

The object of the test is to get confirmation that the bags can resist 30C (Odin NEO) and 40C (Thor NEO). Naturally we do not expect these kind of temperatures in June in Chamonix, but testers will get a pretty good idea about the performance that they are expected to report back to us.

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HOW A STRAW CAN BREAK THE BACK OF A CAMEL

Ralf Dujmovits Everest

Ralf found difficult snow conditions on Everest NW via the NORTON couloir, so he chose to go for an attempt via the normal NW route.

On his summit push days, things started to go wrong at the high altitude camp for him: Ralf had reported from his camp at 8300, that he had hoped to find a natural platform to pitch his tent, but he could not find any. High altitude porters from the Swiss Kari Kobler expedition had started to help him to dig out his platform, but Ralf admits to have made a first mistake, when he sent them away, to finish the job himself. The platform was there for small and minimum prepared for the bivi in a single wall tent.

The small and badly flattened surface of the platform, combined with 50km winds, forced him to melt snow and ice inside the single wall tent, to get the badly needed vital water. He managed to cock up ½ liters, but at a price of a high condensation that soaked his equipment. The single wall tent, combined with a small badly flattened surface, and 50km winds forced him to melt snow and ice inside the tent and drown himself in condensation. That was the second mistake.

Ralf is now on his way down to ABC at 6400m, where he will presumably start to dry out his equipment, and then……..who knows? Let’s wait and see!

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