Giving back to those giving their all: COVID-19 update
Joining Forces to Support Our Communities

Our Cascade Designs family of brands is truly inspired by the heroic efforts put forth by our communities during this crisis—from the medical responders to the grocery store employees. Resolved to help, we’ve joined forces and refocused our manufacturing muscle to assist with making protective gear. Like so many, we wish to give back to those giving their all.

100,000 Level 1 Surgical Masks

Our Seattle production team quickly shifted gears to sew medical masks in response to the shortage of PPE for health care professionals. On April 30, we met our goal of 100,000 masks! The materials were provided by Kaas Tailored and the masks have been going to 51 Providence Hospitals, as part of their 100 million mask challenge.

Safety Gowns for Firefighters

Firefighters protect our lives; we’re humbled to help protect theirs. Working with King County Emergency Management, we’re using Therm-a-Rest mattress materials to help make protective gowns for local firefighters. The durable material is easily disinfected after each call, making the gowns reusable. It also withstands the harsh environments firefighters face far better than disposable gowns.

As a family of brands, we know how critical it is to help one another. We’re grateful to be part of an incredible community of adventurers—regardless of which uniform you wear to work. From all of us at Therm-a-Rest, MSR, SealLine, Platypus and PackTowl, let's keep doing our part, so we can see each other on the trails once again.

Mike Chambers

Mike Chambers

A mountaineer and social entrepreneur, Mike Chambers has traveled the globe to pursue high-altitude expeditions and to help build high-quality education systems in rural communities in Africa and Latin America. Among his mountain endeavors, Mike has led 14 climbing expeditions, including two on Mt. Everest. He also competes in ultra endurance running and cycling events around the globe. In 2014, Mike co-founded Summits Education, an organization that operates a network of 41 primary schools, serving over 10,000 students in rural Haiti. He and his wife also run Flying Kites, a leadership academy for orphaned and critically poor children in Kenya. His program Flying Kites Adventures—guided expeditions and tours—raises money for the foundation.


  • Has led 14 high-altitude climbing expeditions.
  • Co-founded Summits Education, a program that operates a network of 41 primary schools in rural Haiti.
  • Founded Flying Kites Adventures, an adventure guiding service that, to date, has donated about $1 million to Fly Kites, a leadership academy for orphaned and critically poor children in Kenya.