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Gabriel Pramuk
(gpramuk) - F

Locale: West
Cottage industry, micro mountaineering companies? on 02/04/2013 20:17:33 MST Print View

I know the backpacking world... I use MLD, SMD, GG, ULA...

What are some smaller mountaineering gear companies? Focus on minimalist and lighter weight. I realize that mountaineering gear is inherently heavier.

I have eyeballed CRUX gear, out of the UK I think. Just curious in seeing a database of more technical companies.

carlos fernandez rivas
(pitagorin) - MLife

Locale: Galicia -Spain
Cottage industry, micro mountaineering companies? on 02/05/2013 06:28:47 MST Print View

Nw alpine Clothing

http://nwalpine.com/

packs and gear france... blue ice

http://www.blueice.com/en/home/

Packs

http://www.coldcoldworldpacks.com/

http://www.cilogear.com/

Sleeping bags nunatak

http://www.nunatakusa.com/

Edited by pitagorin on 02/05/2013 06:35:07 MST.

David Miles
(davidmiles) - F

Locale: Eastern Sierra
Re: Cottage industry, micro mountaineering companies? on 02/07/2013 00:10:52 MST Print View

I'll throw mine in the mix for bivys.

www.milesgear.com

Dave

Douglas Ray
(dirtbagclimber)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Cottage industry climbing gear on 02/07/2013 21:35:00 MST Print View

A lot of mountaineering gear has been as light as it could practically be for a long time. A lot of mountaineers use shelters and sleeping bags and sleeping bags from the cottage industries that the UL backpackers use.

The other pack makers worth mentioning are mchalepacks.com and wildthingsgear.com. Wild Things also makes some very good clothing. Packs that work well for climbing-ish things are different from packs that work well for backpacking, at least in most people's opinions.

I think there is a company named Beyond Fleece that custom makes some good clothes.

Pick up a coply of "Extreme Alpinism" by Mark Twight. Although this book is getting a bit old, it does lay out the way to think about traveling light on technical ground.