Mike St. Pierre is the founder and CEO of Hyperlite Mountain Gear, a "Made-in-the-USA" outdoor company that specializes in building ultralight backpacking gear.
Founded in 2010, Hyperlite Mountain Gear has grown quickly and is emerging as a leader in the outdoor industry. The company takes on the passion exhibited by Mike, and strives to make high-quality products that fulfill their intended purpose.
This interview will focus on Mike's journey with HMG, his recent 16-day, 200-mile trek below the rim in the the Grand Canyon (one of the least-walked and most difficult "routes" in the USA), and his philosophy as a lightweight adventurer.
This in-depth interview (3,844 words) reveals extraordinary insight into Mike's philosophies, style, and practical application as they relate to growing an entrepreneurial startup, designing lightweight backpacking gear, and planning and executing major backcountry expeditions.
Included are more than a dozen hi-resolution photos from inside an ancient Maine textile mill that is now headquarters of Hyperlite Mountain Gear, along with stunning images of wilderness from Maine to the Grand Canyon.