In 1989 I was still living in Germany. A friend of mine convinced me that it would be a good idea to go hiking in southern Norway, so I bought some basic gear and off we went — I got hooked. One trip followed the next. I became a gear junkie and it didn't take long before I had started working as a casual in the shop where I had bought all my gear.
At that time I already had started using my Mum's old Singer sewing machine to put together some simple drawstring bags to store my pegs/stake and the indestructable UCO candle lantern — what a classic. I made those bags from 1000D Cordura Nylon — definitely not ultralight! Nowadays I am using lighter fabrics and more sophisticated machines, although I believe that the robustness of cordura is still very valuable and for that reason I'm using Dimension Polyants X33 (which incorporates Cordura 330D) for some OrangeBrown products.
Since my immigration to Australia in the early 2000's I have been enjoying myself a lot exploring nature in this part of the world. And recently I’ve enjoyed exploring the world of technical fabrics and composites too!
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