Written by Pamela Pyms | Photos by Anthony Harden
Peter Belt Has Built Something New with Red Sky Shelters
The year was 1987, and Peter Belt was camping near some hot springs outside of Eugene, Oregon. He decided to take an early morning hike when he happened upon a tipi someone had set up along the river. “The mist was coming up off the ground, and it was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen,” he reminisces. “I immediately thought, I am going to make myself one of those.” Little did he know that desire would redefine his future.
Belt was no stranger to creative construction ideas. His inner spark for inventive fabrication was first ignited in middle school, when he took a required course called Bachelor Survival in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. “It not only taught us to cook and sew, but the class came with a Frostline Kit that included a set fabric, all cut out with clear instructions,” Belt remembers. “We learned to make tents, outdoor equipment, sleeping bags, down gloves, and a whole system of putting the down into the product without getting it all over the floor.”
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