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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Bob Swanson, Sierra Designs Co-Founder, Passed Away

Sierra Designs is mourning the loss and celebrating the life of one of its original founders, Bob Swanson, who passed away last weekend.

Swanson co-founded Sierra Designs in 1965 with George Marks, a friend and fellow outdoor enthusiast. Swanson and Marks felt that backpacking and camping should be about healthy fun, with equipment that enhances the experience rather than overwhelming the user. Swanson himself coined the name “Sierra Designs” after the outdoor playground he knew and loved in California.

“Bob Swanson truly raised the bar when it came to innovative and accessible outdoor gear,” says Sierra Designs Division Vice President and General Manager Eric Greene. “His passion for quality and pioneering spirit laid the groundwork for what this company is today, and we’re proud to carry on the legacy he started.”


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