Giving back to those giving their all: COVID-19 update
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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 Libecki

Mike Libecki

Mike Libecki has an unparalleled tick-list of first ascents in the world’s most remote and exotic places. A National Geographic Explorer, climber and soloist, he is addicted to exploring mysterious and untouched earth. The obsession has led him to establish multiple first ascents and solo ascents on big rock walls and towers in Afghanistan, Antarctica, Baffin Island, Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Yemen, Indonesia, Africa and many other notoriously risky and profound environments. Mike’s dedication to modern day exploration and sharing his quests with the public has earned him numerous awards and grants. He has completed over 69 major expeditions and is on track to achieve a life goal of 100 expeditions.

Awards

  • National Geographic Explorer
  • Two-time winner of the Shipton-Tilman Grant/Award from W.L. Gore & Associates
  • Four-time winner of the Mug Stumps Award
  • Two-time winner of the Copp-Dash Inspire Award
  • Two-time winner of the Lyman Spitzer/American Alpine Club Award
  • Winner of the Father of the Year at his daughter's school

Essential Gear

  • A necklace of St. Michael that my mom gave me, blessed by her priest. I have literally had it on for 20+ years! She told me if I wear it, I will always come home from expeditions...
  • A necklace with a small statue of my daughter that I have had on since she was born, so 13 years now.
  • A necklace with crystal from the top of a climb in Antarctica. This tower was named Bertha's Tower after my grandmother. This crystal is a token in honor of her.