Mountain Hardwear, founded in 1993, is a prominent maker of outdoor gear for climbers, mountaineers and athletes. The company claims its expedition tents have summited more of the world’s highest peaks than any other brand.
Based in Richmond, California, Mountain Hardwear distributes its gear through stores in more than 30 countries worldwide. Mountain Hardwear was purchased by Columbia Sportswear in 2003 and is now a wholly owned subsidiary.
Columbia Sportswear Company was founded in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, and is the umbrella company for SOREL and prAna, in addition to Mountain Hardwear.