Located in Duluth, Minnesota, Frost River is one of the few remaining artisanal workshops for traditional canoe packs and accessories.Made from American waxed canvas, leather and pure brass hardware, every bag is made by hand and comes with a lifetime guarantee.Woolrich John Rich & Bros has partnered with Frost River to make a series of unique bags designed together in the same quality tradition of the original product.
Duluth Pack and canoeing go hand in hand. Talk to any avid paddler and you'll find they either own a Duluth Pack, or have seen countless numbers of them in the back country. Founded in 1911 these rugged canvas packs have been thrown into many a canoe and packed over countless portages.Today we'll take you into the Duluth Pack factory, located in Duluth, Minnesota and show you a pack being made from the cutting of the canvas to the hammering of the rivets. Join us as we watch a Northwoods pack take shape.
Juniper Ridge was founded in 1998 by hiker, mushroom-forager, and wilderness enthusiast Hall Newbegin.
When Juniper Ridge was just getting off the ground, Hall would spend the week harvesting plants up in the mountains, making natural fragrance in his kitchen, and then selling his latest creations at the Berkeley and San Francisco Farmers’ Markets.
People who normally steered clear of fragrances fell in love. "It smells like camp when I was a kid!" they'd say.
Over the years, Juniper Ridge has grown from a one-man operation into a staff of 15 like-minded hiking enthusiasts who harvest the plants, blend the fragrances, ship the products, and head out on backpacking adventures together.
The company is bigger, but the heart of what they do is still the same: They make real fragrance from the quiet places in the mountains and deserts we love.
Mike Balitsaris talks about what's important to him, and how that affects the way he runs his company. "Hope I keep it true, whatever it is. I am going to do my best to keep it made locally and get local artisans to help and try to buy everything as locally as I can, because I think that is what we should do."