A note to our community regarding COVID-19

Update: April 3, 2020

In support of the medical teams fighting to protect our health, we have transitioned our Seattle manufacturing to produce ASTM Level 1 masks for 51 hospitals in the Providence network. The materials are being provided by Kaas Tailored, and we’re humbled to join their efforts to meet the needs of the heroic healthcare community. All masks are allocated to aid in the personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage. We will not be selling masks directly at this time.

To our Cascade Designs family,

As the world changes rapidly around us, we hope that you are safe and able to enjoy the rejuvenation of the outdoors in a responsible way. Our teams at Therm-a-Rest, MSR, SealLine, Platypus and PackTowl are focused on protecting the health and wellbeing of our employees and that of our communities.

In these unprecedented times, our thoughts are with everyone personally affected by the spread of COVID-19 and we are grateful for the medical staff working on the frontlines.

As many of us operate from home, we’re also focused on being here for you. We’re working hard to continue to be your resource for information and inspiration. Our lines are open and our North American website is taking orders.

If you need a dose of adventure stoke, check out our brand blogs and YouTube channels for everything from gear maintenance tips to future trip ideas. Or just say hi to us on social.

As adventurers, we know things can go sideways fast, but it’s how we respond that makes all the difference. Right now, our ability to adapt and truly be there for each other like never before will allow us to navigate this extraordinary challenge and emerge even stronger—together.

From all of us at Cascade Designs, stay safe, stay creatively social, keep looking up.

Eric Larsen

Eric Larsen

Polar explorer, expedition guide and dog musher Eric Larsen is a pioneer of both the arctic and Antarctic. To date, he has completed more polar expeditions than any other American in history. Among those were the first-ever summer expedition to the North Pole, and a world-record expedition for reaching the South Pole, the North Pole and the top of Mt. Everest within 365 days. In 2014, Eric and Ryan Waters traveled unsupported across the frozen ocean from Ellesmere Island to the Geographic North Pole, in what realistically may be the last North Pole expedition in history. In 2015, Eric and Ryan completed the first ascent of Jabou Ri, a 6,000 meter peak in the remote Rolwaling region of Nepal. An educator at heart, Eric’s goal is to connect people to the world's frozen places and how they are changing. His current no-shower record is 72 days.


  • Raising two amazing kids with my wife, Maria.
  • Any of my three North Pole expeditions.
  • Filming and helping to create my documentary Melting: Last Race to the Pole, featured on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel about what may realistically be the last North Pole expedition in history.
  • Trying (and not succeeding) to fat bike to the South Pole.
  • The only fall summit of Everest in the past six years, tied with a first ascent of Jabou Ri in the Rolwaling Valley of Nepal.
  • Not getting eaten by a polar bear - even though I've had a couple of close calls!


Essential Gear

  • XGK™ EX Stove
  • Lightning™ Ascent Snowshoes