So as to fund first generation, Jim is running a Kickstarter effort to shoot pre-orders to get The Original Klettersack. Early bird prices start at $75 but they’re going quickly. Delivery is anticipated in October. On the effort you may also check out some 70s scaling photos from the Wilderness Experience catalog.

The Original Klettersack will be made utilizing the original pattern, the same high quality materials and hardware, and will be constructed to exactly the identical standards.The backpack offers 28 liters or 1700 cubic inches of storage room, includes a complete span, foam-padded backpanel, and zippered top pocket on the lid. The pack is made from Cordura using the choice for a leather bottom.

Back in 1971, during the heyday of company beginnings, Greg, Jim, and Laurie Thomsen began an outside school and direct service named Wilderness Experience. They began manufacturing outdoor products in Chatsworth, California the next year.

Where it immediately became a favorite of many of the best rock climbers and mountaineers of their day in 1974, the team introduced the Klettersack back pack. Now, 45 decades later, Jim Thomsen was able to reacquire the Wilderness Experience trademark that is first so as to reintroduce The Klettersack to the world.

The Klettersack is going to be created at a factory located in Vietnam, when he was President of both Kipling, EastPak and JanSport International which Jim used. The mill has a 5 day work week, assistance for employee ’s families, overtime pay (such as dinner!) More importantly, they are part of the Fair Wear Foundation, a foundation dedicated to making life easier and upholding labor criteria.
Wilderness Experience packs were used on major expeditions around the world by leading mountaineers. By the 1980s the product line included backpacks, sleeping bags, tents and apparel. Wilderness Expertise was the very first outdoor organization to complete a stock offering and has been listed on the NASDAQ. Wilderness Expertise had seven factories in the USA and was shipping tens of thousands of goods every day.