Ultraspire - Providing Elite Athletic Hydration Equipment The journey of the Ultra-Athlete begins with desire, a compelling need to go beyond the last point of return...and then some...and more...and so on, and so
Necessity combined with frustration truly were the mothers of invention for Mountainsmith. Back in the 1970s, Patrick Smith, an avid outdoorsman, was (and still is) spending 150 days or more a year in the field. Frankly, he felt that the packs available then weren't cutting it. He figured that there had to be a better way to carry gear and thus, Mountainsmith was born. Since then, they've grown into a company with a full line of high quality, highly functional outdoor products.
Since Osprey was founded in 1974, every single product design has passed through the hands of owner and founder Mike Pfotenhauer, who created his first backpack at age 16.
In Santa Cruz, California, the young entrepreneur opened a retail shop in the front of his rental house where backpackers and travelers came for custom-fit, made-to-order packs constructed over several days by Mike himself. As the demand for the great-fitting packs increased, Osprey found itself relocating to its current home in Southwest Colorado.
Today, Osprey is a melting pot of diverse personalities, backgrounds and abilities. All share the common belief that adventure is open to everyone and found anywhere.