Kletterwerks began in Bozeman, MT circa 1972. Founder Dana Gleason began building packs while running one of the earliest outdoor shops in the US. The name Kletterwerks, derived from the German word "kletter" meaning climbing and "werks" meaning plant. Kletterwerks basically means "climbing factory." During the 80s and 90s, Dana's superior bags became the packs of choice for hardcore mountain athletes. After a 35 year silence, the original Kletterwerks designs are available once again with a few modern updates.