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The North Face Backpack History

The North Face brand was established in 1968 in San Francisco, when Douglas Tompkins and Kenneth “Hap” Klopp created an equipment retail store that eventually acquired the name The North Face.  This name was chosen because the north face of a mountain in the northern hemisphere is generally the most difficult face to climb.  By the 1980s, skiwear was added to the line of products, and eventually camping equipment was added as well.

The 1990s ushered in an era during which The North Face further broadened the outdoor world it helps athletes to explore. The decade saw its debut in the sportswear market with the launch of Tekware™, an innovative collection designed to provide rock climbers, backpackers, hikers, trail runners, and outdoor enthusiasts with the ultimate fit and function. The North Face half dome logo began to appear with greater regularity on ultramarathon courses, high-country trails, and big walls. And, as the calendar clicked toward a new millennium, The North Face launched its own line of trekking and trail-running shoes to ultimately address the head-to-toe needs of those always striving for the next horizon.

Now, more than 40 years after opening, The North Face delivers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear. We push the boundaries of innovation so that you can push the boundaries of exploration. We remain deeply proud to be the first choice of the world’s most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers.