|Brooks-Range is a mountaineering equipment company located in Fremont, Calif., providing innovative, top-quality backcountry gear for professional mountain and ski guides, alpinists and backcountry travelers.
The company was founded in 1995 by Matt Brooks, a Certified Mountain Guide and long-term board member and officer of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). In taking his Certified Ski Guide course, he found the available equipment to be inadequate; it was too large, heavy and cumbersome. Looking for alternative solutions, he invented the Emergency Rescue Sled and the Ski Guide Cards (also known as SGCs). The first set consisted of four double-sided typed cards that he laminated at home. His fellow ski guides and recreational skiers saw what he had made for himself and asked if they could have a set. At first he gave copies just to friends, but after a very short while, demand became so great, he started selling the products. Each subsequent year, Brooks modified and improved his existing products and design new products where he found a gap in what was available in the marketplace.
Brooks-Range was only sold to the professional market until early 2007 when the company decided to seek retailer accounts. Today, Brooks-Range has more than 95 percent of the professional market in the U.S. for its rescue sled and map tools and is quickly growing in the consumer marketplace.
Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment is dedicated to bringing the best quality merchandise and service possible to outdoor adventurers. They are tested by some of the world's top mountaineering and backcountry professionals, who serve on the Brooks-Range Advisory Board, including:
- Freddy Grossniklaus - Owner/Chief Guide, Swiss Rock Guides
- Rob Hess - Owner, Chief Guide, Jackson Hole Mountain Guides
- Tom Murphy - Executive Director, American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
- Jean Pavillard - Owner/Chief Guide, Adventures to the Edge, Ltd.
- Bela Vadasz - Owner/Chief Guide, Alpine Skills International
Brooks-Range began operations in 1995
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