Mark Epperson always loved mountains, and in 1973 founded Epperson Mountaineering in Montana. Mark had a vision for a backpack that met his needs for a high-quality pack. Mark wanted to use high quality materials and skilled craftsmanship to produce functional travel bags. He embarked on a journey to construct a backpack that met his desires. Epperson Mountaineering took off when local outdoor enthusiasts and other consumers demanded more from their backpacks. With such a high demand, Mark began making packs by hand and opened his own shop in Montana. Requests for the tote bags and travel packs kept growing so Mark trained other bag makers and Epperson Mountaineering was formed. All Epperson Mountaineering products are made in the USA by artisan bag makers using the highest quality materials that guarantee strength and durability for the long term. The bags offered by Epperson Mountaineering are individually cared for for detail and functionality.