Gipfel harnesses comply with the highest UIAA standards. See what Aditya Kulkarni has to say about his recent experience with Saltoro harness.

Aditya Kulkarni, a former Gipfel staff member (now pursuing further studies) was a member of a medical expedition led by the Indian Mountain Foundation to the top of Mt. Satopanth (7,075 meters) located in Garhwal Himalayas. He was using our first version of Saltoro harness and Alpine helmet. Here is an excerpt of his experience. Safety is our topmost priority and we work hard to maintain it. Reviews like these motivate us to aim for something that looked like a task too far fetched in the start.

Hi team Gipfel,

When you are already at a height of 7000m you don’t want to hang literally, well that’s what happened to me while climbing Mt. Satopanth in Gangotri region. I was returning from the summit, and as it was a knife ridge we all had to be on the fixed rope. I was completely exhausted after the summit (we had been walking for almost 12 hrs). It was a little foggy, due to which the visibility was very less.

The knife ridge of Mt. Satopanth is very dangerous and the crux of the mountain has a direct exposure of 6000 feet into open crevasses. I could clearly see that once I fell into it thats the end’of it all. Yeah …I was moving and I could see a place to put a single foot and as soon as I put my body weight on it, the snow lost its integrity due to sunlight and took me down with it. The first thing I saw was that my anchors didn’t come out due to my load. Then I checked my harness, and it was holding me still without any discomfort. I didn’t look down, I started front pointing but couldn’t, as there were layers of snow which were sliding with every step. I somehow managed to come on the route using side edging.

I was wearing Saltoro harness at that time, and yeah I trust the strength of it.

Gipfel : You can rely on it.

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The knife ridge is visible in the middle of this picture

India’s most renowned tour operators swear by our tents. Let’s see why!

If you have ever trekked with any of India’s most renowned commercial trekking organizations, chances are that you have already stayed in Gipfel made tents. There is a world of difference between Gipfel tents and other readily available tents in India. Given below are some of those factors.

1. 7000 series aviation grade Aluminium DAC poles

No matter which tent you buy, even our most low key tent features Pressfit DAC Aluminium poles. If used properly, they will last you for over 5 years with hyper frequent use. To help you draw parallels, these are the same poles that are used by The North face, MSR and Mountain Hardwear tents!

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2. Functional Zippers

We use specially designed functional zippers that are made by the world’s best and are tested to -60° Celcius. Our customers vouch for the fact that our zippers are snag free whereas regular zippers break in extreme cold. 

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3. Extra roomy and super comfy tents

Our team ran a comparison of our tents’ features with some popular tents in India  market. Except for Lupus 2, all our tents feature 2 doors and 2 vestibules. The peak height and floor area are bigger than any other similar tents. The side walls of tents are kept vertical so that you don’t feel them closing up around your head. While this increases the costs a little bit, it does make you feel better and the overall experience is enhanced!

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4. Warranty for commercial use

Unlike any other, we offer warranty on our tents even for commercial use. For commercial use, the tents and their warranty terms are slightly different from our standard tents. Therefore, we encourage commercial tour operators to contact us separately with their requirements. We offer them tents in accordance to their needs.

5. Opportunity to cobrand their tents

In this world of fierce competition we know how much everyone loves to stand out. What’s better than branding your tents with your own company logo? We offer commercial operators an opportunity to have their tents personalized for a reasonable order quantity and short lead times.

6. Materials

We vouch for every tent we make. Our tents’ outer rainflies are made from either ripstop Nylon (for expedition tents) or Polyester (for commercial operators and camping tents) that exhibit a minimum of 3,000 mm of Hydrostatic head waterproofing. The ground sheets are a minimum of 5,000 mm Hydrostatic head waterproofing. When we say ‘minimum’, we really do mean it because if we test our fabrics, they always exceed their rated values by nearly 10%. But that’s not it! In addition to waterproof PU coating, our fabrics feature a cold applied Silicone coating on the other side of fabric that makes it water repellent. To learn more about water repellency, watch this video

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HIGH MOUNTAIN7. Each and every tent is subjected to stringent quality checks

 

 

Tent making is a skill that we acquired over a period of years and we learn from our mistakes. Our desire to excel in whatever we do knows no bounds. There is a never  a dull day in our tent manufacturing department.
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