Fun Fact of the Day: The North Face History


Fun fact of the day:

The North Face began as a San Francisco-based climbing equipment retail store, founded in 1966 by Douglas Tompkins and his then-wife, Susie Tompkins.

It was acquired 2 years later by Kenneth “Hap” Klopp.

The north face of a mountain in the northern hemisphere is generally the coldest, iciest and most formidable route to climb.

For a time, the store offered only highly selective merchandise, targeted to climbers and backpackers. By the 1980s, skiwear was added, followed by camping equipment.

How many of you own The North Face gear?

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