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From the oxygen-starved steeps of the Himalayas to the civil islands of Hong Kong, from the wintery backcountry of Yellowstone to the blistering heat of Australia's Opal mines, Dave has traveled the world looking for knowledge and inspiration. He’s lost 25 pounds in a Nepalese guesthouse, stuck because he couldn’t walk out, lived on the 19th floor of a modern high rise in pre-revolution Jakarta, lost track of his middle name at 7000m on K2, and slept under the stars for months on the empty beaches of Australia.Dave is an adventurer in every sense of the word. The real kind, not the Instagram version. But before all that went down, as early as he can remember, he was a designer and gear maker. At age 6, he was taking monthly trips to the Salvation Army to buy old tarps and fabric to cut up and sew and make sport-specific gear for his G.I Joe’s. By 12 he had a small collection of handmade backpacks that he still has to this day. His dad grew up a rancher in Montana who hunted and fished in his free time, but never minded that Dave would always rather be cutting and sewing than hunting, and he was often the driver to go pick up more material. He was also a geologist and avid rock hunter and commissioned Dave to make some custom rock hunting slings over the years.
When driving through the west with his family Dave got a glimpse of the scene that would soon become his obsession. He saw people hiking, biking, and climbing and immediately knew that was what he wanted to do and where he wanted to be. He took notice of the gear they were using and always wondered if he could make it better himself. With mail-order outdoor gear catalogs as his bible and a growing love for the outdoors, the obsession between gear and adventure grew into a lifestyle, and he rarely gave one more attention than the other. He would regularly quit or be fired from jobs because he’d request 2 months off to go climb mountains, race his bike, or backpack across different countries. But he would always come back more invigorated with more drive and a better understanding of the gear he wanted to create and would ultimately land a better job upon his return.He's worked for most of the big dogs since then (Black Diamond, The North Face, Spyder, and Smartwool to name a few) but has always found time to make custom gear for himself and his friends. When working as a canyoneering guide in Moab back in 2014, Dave, as he does, took notice of the current gear available in the space and saw room for improvement. As a personal project, he set out to create a canyoneering backpack that would improve speed, efficiency, safety, and style in the canyoneering world. He started designing, testing, tweaking, and testing some more. 8 years and 17 iterations of packs later, the Slot Canyon pack line became available to the public.
Dave moved to Moab over 20 years ago, before it was cool. He has proudly and appropriately named his downtown property "The Compound." About as inclusive as they come, Dave has an eclectic mix of friends, climbers, mountain bikers, artists, and friends of friends of friends coming through for a spot to crash almost daily during desert season. His level of inclusivity and appreciation for people getting out in the desert is what the brand is all about.
Dave has been designing technical outdoor gear for a long time with some of the biggest brands in the industry. About seven years ago, he started a side project designing a pack line that he hoped would dramatically improve the way he was able to move through the desert and the slot canyons that made southern Utah famous. He teamed up with local guides and started testing, then redesigning, testing some more, redesigning, testing...
After seven years and roughly fourteen iterations, we are proud and excited to make these available to the public. You'll notice every well thought out design detail the more you get out and use them. Guide approved and tested, this collection of Canyon packs is truly a game changer for the way we move through the desert.