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MSR began in the spring of 1969 as the Mountain Safety Research newsletter written by founder Larry Penberthy, an engineer, inventor, and mountaineer. While independently testing safety gear for The Mountaineers nonprofit, Penberthy found that some climbing equipment failed at lower loads than their advertised specs.

Penberthy began independently evaluating climbing equipment and innovating ways to make it safer and easier to use, publishing his findings in his Mountain Safety Research newsletter and using the proceeds to support his fieldwork.

Soon after the company began designing and building its own climbing equipment, and in 1969 introduced MSR’s first-generation Snow Fluke anchors, a pair of Edmont cold-weather gloves, an Auto Belay Device that added shock absorption into a belay system, an ice screw that could hold 3,000 pounds, and a 10.5-millimeter double-braid climbing rope.

Today, MSR offers shelters, stoves and cookware, snow tools, water treatment, snowshoes and poles. It is owned by Cascade Designs, the parent company of MSR, Therm-a-Rest, Platypus, SealLine, and PackTowl outdoor brands.

Contact

Mountain Safety Research
Cascade Designs Inc.
4000 1st Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98134
USA

phone: (206) 505-9500
toll-free: (800) 531-9531
fax: (206) 682-4184

website: msrgear.com
email: consumer@cascadedesigns.com

blog: The Summit Register

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MSR Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

We're Giving Away a $1200 Cascade Designs Backpacking Setup!
One Trailspace reviewer will get a Therm-a-Rest sleep system, MSR shelter and stove, Platypus filter, and more, thanks to Cascade Designs. Review your gear and it could all be yours. Read more
May 1

Congratulations, Zalman, Our MSR Winter Gear Winner
Congratulations to Zalman from Portland, Ore., winner of an MSR Evo Snowshoe Kit, WindBurner Duo stove, and Operator snow shovel, thanks to MSR ($450 value). Read more
January 1, 2019

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