Mountain Hardwear Test Team Launchs Exodus Packs on National Trails

Mountain Hardwear revives its Test Team for the Exodus Pack launch. Finalists will receive a free Exodus Pack to hike one of the three continental north-south trails. They will send dispatches back to be posted on Mountain Hardwear's website.

RICHMOND, Ca. (February 1, 2006) – Mountain Hardwear Inc., a leading mountaineering and outdoor equipment and clothing company, announced today that it has partnered with three continental north-south trail organizations to help promote some of the nation's most cherished long-distance hiking trails. The partnership marks the launch of Mountain Hardwear's new Exodus Pack line. Exodus Backpacks, which will be available in specialty outdoor stores February 1st, incorporate a revolutionary new frame system that moves with the user's body, resulting in a comfortable fit, even when hiking on uneven terrain.

Mountain Hardwear has partnered with non-profit organizations affiliated with the most revered long-distance hiking trails: The Appalachian Trail (2,144 miles, from Maine to Georgia); The Continental Divide Trail (3,100 miles from Montana through Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico) and the Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles from Washington through Oregon and California). The agreements include providing funds for trail construction and maintenance to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Continental Divide Trail Alliance's Explorers Program, and sponsoring the Pacific Crest Trail Alliance Trail Fest held March 31-April 2 in Riverside California, an event to increase awareness of the trail. In partnership with Mountain the Test Team program to their membership base.

Those chosen to be part of the Exodus Test Team will hike portions of the three trails during the spring or summer of 2006. Mountain Hardwear will provide each participant with an Exodus pack. In exchange, Test Team members will document their trips with stories and photos for posting on Mountain Hardwear's website. Participants are also encouraged to conceive and execute a trail stewardship project associated with their trip.

“As an outdoor gear company, we care deeply about the preservation and responsible use of these great American trails. Our Exodus Pack launch has provided an excellent opportunity to promote these worthy organizations as well as put our packs on the backs of passionate users,” said Ryan Hodgkin, Mountain Hardwear's marketing manager.

More information about the Exodus Tester Team and an application can be found at The application deadline is March 1. The Test Team will be announced April 1.

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 25 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


Mountain Hardwear™ Exodus™ Test Team to Backpack America's Toughest Trails

The Mountain Hardwear Test Team is not new. The basic concept has been around since 1996 when the company passed out Gore® WindStopper® vests to retail employees at product clinics and asked for performance feed back. Since then, the Test Team has been revived for several more

Mountain Hardwear Announces 09 Gives Back Grants

RICHMOND, Calif. (February 3, 2009) – Mountain Hardwear, Inc. is pleased to announce the 2009 recipients of the company's Gives Back Grant program and a new program called Send a Kid to Camp. The new program will provide up to a total of $35,000 in scholarship funds to ten more

Mountain Hardwear/Montrail add new rep groups

Mountain Hardwear Inc., a leader in mountaineering and outdoor equipment and clothing and Montrail Inc., a leading trail running and hiking footwear company, are pleased to announce the addition of three new sales teams to their joint U.S. sales rep force. Effective immediately more

Mountain Hardwear Athlete, Dawn Glanc, Awarded AMGA Mountain Hardwear

RICHMOND, Calif. (March 18, 2009) - Mountain Hardwear Inc., a leading manufacturer of mountaineering and outdoor equipment and clothing, is honored to announce Mountain Hardwear athlete, Dawn Glanc, as the recipient of the American Mountain Guide Association's (AMGA) 2009 more

Mountain Hardwear and Montrail Announce 2010 Gives Back Grants

Sister companies Mountain Hardwear, Inc. and Montrail® are pleased to announce the 2010 recipients their respective Gives Back Grant programs. For 2010, the Gives Back Board of Directors, all employees of the two companies, worked to narrow the focus of both Gives Back programs. more

Mountain Hardwear and Montrail® Hire Sales Director

Mountain Hardwear and Montrail, leading brands in the specialty outdoor gear and apparel industry, have announced that Rick Olson has been named Director of Sales for both companies. Olson will relocate to the Richmond, California headquarters to become part of the executive team more

Mountain Hardwear Introduces Dry.Q Waterproof-Breathable Technology

Mountain Hardwear™ Introduces Dry.Q™–Waterproof-Breathable Technology that Keeps You Dry on the Inside and from the OutsideCommitment to Total Garment Innovation Inspires Dry.Q Family of TechnologiesRichmond, Calif. (November 15, 2010) – Mountain Hardwear, a leader in more

Mountain Hardwear and Montrail® Announce 08 Innovation Award Winners

Contact: Mountain Hardwear Inc. Public RelationsPaige Boucher or Erin BrosterhousOffice: Mountain Hardwear and Montrail® Announce 08 Innovation Award WinnersRICHMOND, Calif. (Nov 18, 2008) – Mountain Hardwear more

Mountain Hardwear Announces Expedition Sponsorship Recipients for 2009

Richmond, CA (March 23, 2009) – Mountain Hardwear, a leading mountaineering and outdoor clothing and equipment company, announces the recipients of the 2009 Expedition Sponsorship Program. Mountain Hardwear will give total of $10,000 to help fund two expeditions: Operation more