Dana Gleason II founded Kletterwerks in Bozeman, Montana, in 1975. It was his first pack company.
Prior to Kletterwerks, Gleason was a founder of Erehwon Mountain Supply in Chicago, where he imported European mountain climbing equipment. He then opened the Mountain Man outdoor store in South Dakota, where he focused on product repair and customization.
After launching Kletterwerks, Gleason began manufacturing the five packs he had begun designing at Mountain Man: the Terraplane, Day, Flip, Rock, and Hip Sack. In In 1978 Gleason sold Kletterwerks to start Mojo Systems camera bags.
Kletterwerks went bankrupt in 1983 and Gleason went on to co-found Dana Design in 1985 and Mystery Ranch in 2000. In 2012, Gleason's son, Dana Gleason III, revived the Kletterwerks brand. It is now sold under Mystery Ranch's Everyday Carry line of packs.
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