Oct 27, 2009 at 11:44 am #1240625
Shameless self advertising here, though I think you'll appreciate it. I interviewed Henry Shires from Tarptent, and some more interviews of cottage manufacturers will follow in the next weeks.
If you got questions for them, let me know here or in the comments on the blog; I'll then include them in the next interviews.Oct 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm #1540145Bob BankheadBPL Member
@wandering_bobLocale: Oregon, USA
Excellent. Looking forward to the rest of the interviews.Oct 28, 2009 at 11:36 pm #1540741
Nice interview. It was an interesting read. I'm looking forward to the rest.Nov 1, 2009 at 10:56 pm #1541785Nov 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm #1541787
Nice Job. That was a good read.Nov 2, 2009 at 1:54 am #1541793Jim ColtenBPL Member
Very nice! Things like this go a long way towards helping make BPL worth the time. Thank you for doing it.Nov 2, 2009 at 3:23 am #1541797Thomas BurnsBPL Member
@nerdboy52Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
Thanks! These happen to be the two companies I do the most ordering from, and now I understand better why I do. Let's keep these cottage company's alive. They serve us well at great risk to themselves during these tough times.
StargazerNov 4, 2009 at 9:46 am #1542599Christopher WilkeSpectator
Awesome interviews Hendrik! I'm just starting down the lightweight path and have been particularly drawn to GG and TT's products. Very cool to get a glimpse of the men behind the gear!
ChrisNov 4, 2009 at 10:03 am #1542607
Nice Job Hendrik – Ironically, this is what I expect to read on BPL.com…except from the staff @ BPL.com.
You should charge membership fees…;)Nov 4, 2009 at 11:08 am #1542626Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Thanks, Hendrick, very interesting interviews!Nov 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm #1543273
Thank you all so much for the positive feedback, its very rewarding to read and see that people like it!
Chris McMaster, the new owner of ULA Equipment, also took out some time to answer my questions, plus you're now also able to put a face to the name and get a glimpse at the new workshop!
(I know he was "interviewed" already here, though this interview is in a slightly more ordered form and puts down some rumours about coming products).Nov 6, 2009 at 12:00 pm #1543415Tony WongBPL Member
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Thank you for posting up here about your interviews with UL Innovators.
Really was fascinating to get a look at the people behind the awesome products that we all love and to hear about what inspired them and how their businesses have matured over time.
Maybe someone/you should consider writing a book about the history of UL Backpacking?
How can we know where we are going if we don't know the history of where we came from?
The "fathers and mothers" of UL are without a doubt unique people who help identify and create an niche market that is having an impact on the mass market backpacking industry…..would make for an interesting read.
-TonyNov 6, 2009 at 12:06 pm #1543418
Sounds like Chris is decidedly not UL. It will be interesting to see where the company goes from here.
Quite frankly I would be more interested in hearing what Brian plans to do.Nov 6, 2009 at 2:58 pm #1543477Jace MullenMember
@climberslackerLocale: Your guess is as good as mine.
I do find it interesting that he is NOT UL.
Maybe cassey will take over a lot of the R/D stuff, as he knows what hes talkinga bout as far as what we ULers want
-JaceNov 7, 2009 at 1:09 am #1543580
David, while Chris doesn't seem to be a UL backpacker, also Henry Shires stated that he has usually a baseweight of around 11 – 13 lb, and still he continues to make very innovative lightweight tents. Maybe we should give them a chance to prove themselves before we judge them?
Regarding Brian, I also would be curious to know, though I am not able to get in touch with him. If you got a good connection to him, feel free to hook up and interview him.Nov 7, 2009 at 6:21 pm #1543723
Hendrik, I consider 11 pounds for a base weight UL.
Brian was the brain trust of ULA. Lose the brain and well…..
Time will tell.Nov 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm #1544608Nov 11, 2009 at 1:52 pm #1544623Tony WongBPL Member
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Great interview….keep them coming!
-TonyNov 11, 2009 at 2:05 pm #1544626
NiceNov 11, 2009 at 3:01 pm #1544642Brad RogersBPL Member
@mocs123Locale: Southeast Tennessee
Thanks for posting!
I have corresponded with Grant several times via email and he is always courteous, responsive, and knowledgeable. That is part of what makes Gossamer Gear my favorite gear manufacturer.Nov 16, 2009 at 2:41 am #1545575
And the next interview is up! This time Fritz Handel, the maker of the famous BushBuddy sat down and answered my questions and shares with us how he developed the BushBuddy started his company.Nov 16, 2009 at 8:00 am #1545626Steven EvansBPL Member
That was a great interview. I have always been fascinated by the bushbuddy and the level of detail that goes into it. Nice work.Nov 16, 2009 at 8:27 am #1545629Dave .BPL Member
Excellent! Thanks for doing that Hendrik.
"…fractional reserve banking is the biggest scam of all time, so don't participate in your own enslavement."
Reading that makes me very pleased to have supported his business. ;)Nov 16, 2009 at 8:31 am #1545631Jeff KMember
@jeff-kLocale: New York
Hendrik and Fritz- This was a great interview.
You get a certain satisfaction of bringing MYOG with you on a trip.
Interviews like this give a different, but similar satisfaction for carrying cottage industry gear with you.Nov 16, 2009 at 1:18 pm #1545691Jim ColtenBPL Member
Best interview yet, Hendrik.
When I first heard of the product and saw where it was made my first thought was to mapquest Iskut, BC.
From that moment I saw that map it was just a matter of time before I became a customer. Reading the interview made me even more pleased that I did. He gave very enlightening description of the development/refinement process.
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