Mountain Hardwear Names New Director of Operations

B. James bottoms has been named to the new postion of Director of Operations at Mountain Hardwear.

RICHMOND, Calif. (January 29, 2006) – Mountain Hardwear Inc., a leading mountaineering and outdoor equipment and clothing company, announced today that
B. James Bottoms has been named to the new position of Director of Operations. Bottoms will execute the strategic and tactical operational plans for Mountain Hardwear. He will oversee the functional areas of customer service, forecasting/planning, sourcing/production, warranty/returns, management reporting and California-based warehouse operations.

Bottoms reports to Mike Wallenfels, president of the company. “This is a new position for the company. Up until now managers of the departments which fall under operations reported directly to me. Bottoms has a powerful mixture of strategic planning and integration experience. I am confident that he will help to ensure the effective growth of our business”, said Wallenfels.

Previous to starting at Mountain Hardwear in December 2005, Bottoms held the position of Director of Global Operations for Eagle Creek Inc. where he worked for four years. He has over 12 years of experience in the sewn goods industry and a BS in Business administration from Oklahoma Christian University.

Mountain Hardwear designs, sources and markets high-end mountaineering and outdoor equipment, apparel and accessories. Mountain Hardwear was established in 1993 by a group of outdoor industry veterans and is based in Richmond, Calif. The company distributes its products through specialty outdoor and sporting goods retailers in the United States and 30 countries worldwide. Mountain Hardwear has won numerous product and customer service awards since its inception. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company. For more information about Mountain Hardwear, visit the company's Internet home page at