In 1952, Dick Kelty, a carpenter, builder, and avid outdoorsman, started making backpacks for his friends in the Sierra Club for 24 bucks a pop. His friends were grateful. Soon, Kelty and his friends were exploring the Sierra Nevada with heavy loads, no shoulder pain, going farther, longer, and happier into the wilderness than ever before. Kelty started as a company making it easier for friends to enjoy the wilderness, and that's what they still do.
In 1949, Nalgene started off, specializing in state-of-the-art polyethylene laboratory equipment. As rumors spread of scientists taking the bottles out of the lab and out on hikes and other excursions, the focus of Nalgene expanded. Thanks to Nalgene, everyone can enjoy durable, lab-quality containers for their everyday use.