In 1969, Seattle engineer and lifelong mountaineer Larry Penberthy formed Mountain Safety Research with a single purpose: to improve the safety of climbing equipment. He believed that better, safer, more reliable equipment is the key to unlocking greater adventures. As a passionate outdoorsman he also knew that having respect for the outdoors is one of the best ways to preserve the precious wild places. This meant building gear to last as long as possible, so that excess resources needn’t be used up to replace it. That dedication to conservation is still alive today.
Over the years, MSR's innovations have revolutionized the way people experience the outdoors worldwide. The close-knit team is still obsessed with designing the most reliable, high-performance gear possible. As passionate outdoor users they know how a product should work based on their own experiences in the wild places they love.
And they are driven to engineer gear for those who believe a trusted companion can be as simple as a 20-year-old stove that burns strong on family backpacking trips, to a water filter that provides the safe hydration needed to fuel the greatest expeditions into the farthest reaches of the globe.
Many MSR inventions are ubiquitous—remote-burner camp stoves, pit zips on outerwear, cycling helmets. But more important are the historic expeditions and outdoor adventures they’ve helped unlock around the globe.