Patrick Smith has designed virtually all the base platforms we sell, and has been a pioneer in the outdoors industry since before most of our employees were born.  As a backcountry guide, he found the need to  fill the voids in the then rudimentary gear that was available – out of which came innovative backpacks, backcountry sleds and Tipis under the Mountainsmith label.  These products were geared for the extremes of adventurers and mountaineers worldwide, under the most grueling of circumstances.  A lifelong hunter, Patrick saw a void here as well.  Hunters were using painful, impractical gear that was years behind in technology and design.  Out of need for efficient, comfortable gear, he made his own.  As such Patrick has a gathered wealth of knowledge regarding gear and survival in the backcountry.  Patrick originally shared his ramblings and knowledge on our forums.  To find his original content along with his conversations with forum users please visit his old blog here.  Most of his writings from the forums have been posted here on Kifaru Origins for your enjoyment.  Patrick will continue write about his rambles here, so if you are joining us for the first time, enjoy the content and stay tuned for more from Patrick.