Mark Epperson, a world-wise man who loves the mountains, founded Epperson Mountaineering in 1973 in Montana. Mark’s vision back then is the same as it is today; he couldn’t find any other backpacks that satisfied his demanding need for high-quality packs. He believed that by utilizing highest quality materials, artisan craftsmanship, and innovative functional designs he could make great backpacks which he could be proud of. Thus, he ambitiously embarked on an unending quest to create the perfect backpack. Gradually, as word spread about Mark Epperson’s backpacks, local outdoor enthusiasts sought the packs and consumer demand grew so that Mark eventually opened his own retail shop in Libby, Montana where he would make all the packs by hand one by one. As demand outstripped supply, Mark trained artisan pack makers to create Epperson Mountaineering backpacks for local people and consumers from around the world. Today, all Epperson Mountaineering products are still made in U.S.A. by artisan pack makers with the best components such as 1000 denier Cordura, YKK zippers, mil-spec tubular webbing or exclusive Indian/Oval pattern webbing, and reinforced seam-sealed inner compartments to guarantee long-term strength and durability.