In 1952, Dick Kelty, a carpenter, builder, and avid outdoorsman, started making backpacks for his friends in the Sierra Club for 24 bucks a pop. These 24-dollar Kelty packs revolutionized backpacking, implementing for the first time Kelty's ideas of a hipbelt and lighter aluminum frames. Soon, Kelty and his friends were exploring the Sierra Nevadas with fully loaded backpacks, no shoulder pain, going farther, longer, and happier into the wilderness than ever before.
Kelty started as a company making it easier for friends to enjoy the wilderness, and that's what they still do. They just have a few more friends.
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