TIME...... Portaledges have come a long way since the first models started
to pop up on El Cap in the 70's. At first, a portaledge was such
a velvet lined novelty compared to the standard hammock bivy, quality
was a non-issue. The first models were made of aluminum, forced
together with roll pins and plumbing parts. Rainflys were made of
thinly coated lightweight nylon, the material of the day. Everyone
who wall climbed aspired to own one. It soon was the norm to be
on a portaledge rather than a hammock for any multi day event. Soon
hammocks were obsolete. As things progressed, and people demanded
more for their money, these portaledges were deemed obsolete too.
Better and sturdier models would naturally replace those that had
gone before. That is where the Fish Portaledge came in. In 1985
we upped the ante in the world of portaledges by machining the corners
of our ledges from solid blocks of aluminum instead of going to
the plumbing store for parts. At that same time we decided that
aluminum is not the best material to use for the tubing, or frame
of the ledge. We chose a tougher material, 4130 Cro-Moly, just as
high-end bicycle manufacturers had done before us. Rainflys were
previously made of an almost waterproof ripstop, so we bumped it
to modern thickly coated waterproof fabrics, logging in at nearly
twice as durable. We put the portaledge in its own hauling bag,
instead of cramming it into the haul bag. All this and more, 20+
years ago. Since then we have continued to upgrade various parts
of the system. We soon introduced the 5-Season fly, a burly rainfly
almost twice as thick as its predecessor. Then came the Double Portaledge,
and then our most copied innovation, an internally poled and supported
rainfly. The comfort boost from this latest idea is huge. The cramped
and dank confines that used to be portaledges in a storm has been
given a breath of fresh air. FISH Portaledges are not only the lightest
weight and easiest to set up and take down, but are the best value
for your money, and feature a durability, innovation and quality
the others can't match.
here for our Portaledge FAQ's
SEASON "BIG" SINGLE PORTALEDGE:
This feature packed ledge is the best choice for any Big Wall hopeful.
Our super stable ledge was designed around machined
6061 aluminum corner pieces coupled with 4130 Cro-Moly tubing
for strength. The suspension system is easy to adjust even when weighted
and sports an easy to manage 12 adjustment buckles (1/2 metal, 1/2
Fastex) for strength and superior adjustablility. The six additional
adjustment buckles we added down low allow you to fine tune your setup
from inside your sleeping bag. Our suspension also features 6 sewn
in daisy chains for personal gear management at the bivy, and one
center hanging daisy for clipping in your stove, lantern, or wet socks.
The bed on our ledges is fully taped 420 denier pack cloth, grommeted
for condensation drainage, and is a roomy 40" wide and a full
6'5" long. The FISH 5-Season portaledge rainfly features: Double
urethane coated fabric for maximum waterproofing, fully protected
against wear with 18oz. Vinyl Coated Nylon on the wall side and on
the front corners, numerous lash loops around the bottom edge to subdue
fearsome updrafts and is internally poled with an expedition tough
7075 Easton aluminum wand for maximum room inside during storms. It
even has a 12" diameter port hole for vapor management. For the
true thrill seeker you can even do your business out of this hole
(whatever that is). The larger overall size of our ledge and rainfly,
compared to others, also gives you more internal room for yourself
and any other items that must be inside during a storm. All FISH portaledges
come with their own hauling bag made from a tough and durable material
similar to that used in our haul bags. This setup is intended to be
clipped under your haul bag which makes the ledge not only easier
to get to at the end of the day, but also frees up some space in the
seemingly always full haul bag. Included are easy to follow instructions
that will have you setting this baby up in about one minute. At last,
the torment has ended.
$899.00 ea. Includes Portaledge, Rainfly,
Hauling Bag, and Instructions
DOUBLE WHAMMY PORTALEDGE
This ledge is a two person
model based on the same construction methods and materials as our
5 Season Single Portaledge. The main bed features offset "Dual
Dorsal" fins made from an extra tough 18oz. VCN, guaranteed to
keep your fruity buddies off ya. Or you can lay the dorsal fins down
flat for an extra roomy single ledge, or perhaps some boudouir snuggling
with...... All of our "Double Whammy" ledges come with a
5 Season Rainfly as standard issue, featuring two 12" diameter
port holes, lash loops around the bottom edge, internally poled with
the expedition tough 7075 aluminum wand for maximum room inside during
storms, and a beefy double urethane coated nylon body fabric. The
suspension is an eight point affair, with an additional six adjusters
down low for fine tuning your set-up. Heck, it even has two grommeted
drain holes in the bed for bilge water management. All that has been
left out on this ledges is the leaky zippers and extra high prices.
You can find these items elsewhere. Dimensions: 6'5" x 43"
$989.00 ea. Includes Portaledge, Rainfly, Hauling Bag, and Instructions
Double Whammy Portaledge, SuperDuty
The new SuperDuty Whammy features the DoomsDay™ Rainfly. This
rainfly is so thick, so waterproof and so burly, it comes with its
own small haul bag just to cart it around. The main features are the
same as our regular 5 Season Fly, but the material is just unreal
as far as strength and waterproofness. This would be the ledge and
fly combination to have for those far flung death walls with hideous
weather. For this SuperDuty model we have also beefed up the ledge
portion of the deal. We have added wall protection on all 6 sides,
extra daisy chains around the perimeter under the ledge, and a more
robust 8 point adjustable suspension. With the added burliness the
SuperDuty Whammy just what you need if you are planning on flagging
your ledge instead of stowing it each day. Each SuperDuty is made
to order, so order early on in your trip planning. $1249.00 ea.
At last a guilt free way to have a one night stand and still love
yourself in the morning. What you get is super stable ledge, made
with the same tubing and machined corners as our full-sized ledges,
just smaller. How much smaller? Well, the One Night Stand is 24"
wide X 48" long. Just the right size to cover most humans from
head to bend of the knee when fully reclined. "But what about
my legs?" you ask. Don't fret, they go into a retractable foot
section that is fully adjustable and roomy enough for your size 12's and
a 30 below sleeping bag. Sounds cool so far, but get this: The foot
section can hang down to make the best rope bag any retentive wall
climber has ever seen and is big enough to hold two ropes, maybe your
jackets, some food, or the Ghetto blaster. When the foot bag is not
being used, either roll it up and stow it under the ledge or use it
as a pillow while lounging. Added luxuries include a super strong
bed that is as burly as heavy weight VCN (similar to the stuff we
make our haul bags from) but dig this: It's a lightweight mesh! What
does this mean for you? Since you will be belaying on this bed all
day, in the sun, we made it a nice light color (white-ish grey) and
since it is a mesh, air can flow up and through the bed to keep you
cool. And what if it rains? Well, since you brought your bivy sack,
just lay down and let all the water drain quickly through the mesh.
No laying in a "bathtub" hammock begging for a snorkel.
We put full length daisy chains on the inside and outside rails for
gear management and get this: The 4 point suspension quickly turns
into a 6 point suspension so you and your hefty buddy can both sit
down and rack gear or just share a splendid moment. The One Night
Stand is made for rough handling and is not some delicate fluff apparatus.
This item legitimately kicks ass. Comes complete with its own hauling
bag made from our burly haul bag fabric.
$369.00 ea. (Includes Portaledge, Hauling Bag, and Instructions)
At last, a budget alternative to a large dollar portaledge. Here
is the scoop: The EconoLedge uses the EXACT same tubing and corner
system as our regular ledges. This is your guarantee of durability
and proved performance. The EconoLedge is the EXACT same size as our
5 Season Single Portaledge, which is probably the roomiest single
on the market. The bed material is the EXACT same material we use
on the One Night Stand. The suspension uses the EXACT same webbing
and buckles as our regular ledges. Now, if it has all these features,
why does it cost so little?
We do not "seamtape" the bed. Why? Because the bed material
does not fray and seamtaping is a cosmetic and time consuming step.
The suspension does not have numerous and convenient daisy chains.
In fact it has 2, but due to the way the suspension works, you will
also have the use of 6 "loops" that hang down from the clip
You do not get the "low down adjusters" on the suspension
at bed level. You do get a 6 point adjusting system with ANCRA buckles.
You do not get a rainfly. The bed material will drain water like a
sieve, but you better bring a Bivy Sack or you will probably die in
a storm. Ya hear that...? Yer gonna' DIE!
You do not get the super burly fabric of our regular Hauling Bag.
You do get a Hauling Bag along with the ledge in a lighter weight
VCN fabric. This bag is actually pretty good, and only slightly lighter
than our standard bags. If you really want the super burly model of
hauling bag, you will need to add $20.00 to your order.
We've had nothing but positive feedback on the EconoLedge from our
testers and of course the EconoLedge carries our full lifetime warranty.
$299.00 ea. Includes Portaledge, Hauling Bag, and Instructions
We normally do not sell the rainflys separately.
They might be available to current FISH Ledge owners that need a
replacement. Check our Repairs
page for more info.
for our Portaledge FAQ's
|TIPS: If bad weather is certain, be
sure to bring a bivy sack along to keep the condensation on
the walls of your rainfly from getting you and your sleeping
bag wet. Always seek out a steep place to hang your ledge and
stay away from any runnels, for they can easily become raging
torrents during a mild rain storm. Thoroughly inspect your ledge
before every outing. Seam sealer can peel off over time, a cut
might appear in the fly from unknown sources, or the shock cord
in the ledge might need to be replaced. Find out what the problems
are on the ground --- then fix them on the ground. It's hard
to find a new shock cord half way up Mescalito. When using the
fly on any of our ledges, be sure the rear lock downs are in
place before putting your weight into the ledge. This way the
fly is protected from any possible wear against the wall during
set up. A general maintenance routine will ensure years of service
from you ledge. Keep it 'sano!