Mountainsmith Celebrates 35th Anniversary


Golden, CO (January 20, 2014)— Mountainsmith, born and based in the Colorado Rockies since 1979, is excited to announce and celebrate its 35th anniversary. Today a worldwide business, Mountainsmith grew out of a small company founded by legendary outdoorsman Patrick Smith. 

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Forged from a passion for self-supported outdoor endeavors, Smith’s first Mountainsmith product was a fully rigid backcountry sled, used to haul loads of gear on snow more efficiently. His handmade sleds led to a revolutionary line of products, including the first patent for a lumbar pack using the company’s Delta Compression system. 

“It’s been an incredible 35 years,” says Mountainsmith President Jay Getzel. “Mountainsmith started as an endeavor to make trips into the backcountry more adventurous, successful, and enjoyable. With a backyard like the Colorado Rockies, it’s easy to see why the effort grew into what Mountainsmith has become 35 years later—a line of equipment that is synonymous with quality and excellence, and the go-to brand for everything from a day hike to a global expedition.”

With the success of Mountainsmith’s lumbar packs, larger backpacks and daypacks followed, all demonstrating body-hugging fit and a unique ability to transfer weight to the hips, taking strain off the shoulders, giving users the ability to carry large loads of gear much more comfortably and efficiently. Iconic Mountainsmith packs such as the Frostfire, Bugaboo and Tyrol, known for their unmatched craftsmanship, durability and innovation, are still in use by original owners decades later. 

Product functionality and utility for any adventure continues to be front and center for the brand. From multi-day gear haulers like the new Mystic 65 to insulated soft-sided coolers for carrying a sixer of your favorite microbrew, creating storage and gear carrying solutions for the backcountry, the gear closet, the office, the photo shoot, a concert or even the dog; Mountainsmith offers tools that serve a purpose and are guaranteed to stand the test of time. 

“We are proud to be such a cornerstone of backcountry exploration and to be a part of the adventure communities that always encourage us to see what’s beyond the next horizon line,” continued Getzel. “Backed by a guarantee to always keep exploring, we look forward to another 35 years of excitement and adventure here at Mountainsmith.”

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About Mountainsmith

Headquartered at the base of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, CO for 35 years, Mountainsmith is committed to creating durable provisions for every aspect of your adventure, on and off the trail. Beginning with iconic lumbar packs in 1979, Mountainsmith products carry an emphasis on utility for those who prefer life outdoors. Whether that is a solution for the backcountry, the gear closet, the office, the photo shoot, or even the dog; the brand offers tools that serve a purpose and stand the test of time. Dedicated in its mission to improve the lives of fellow outdoors enthusiasts, Mountainsmith manufactures products that are… forged for life. Visit to learn more.