The next must have item is the Puffer Jacket. This jacket provides essential life saving protection to mountaineers and adventurers who venture into dangerous environments in search of thrills. Interestingly this is where it’s roots can be traced back to.
The Puffer Jacket history goes that in 1936 Eddie Bauer invented a quilted down for his Skyliner Jacket – who would have though that almost 80 years later it has become a symbol of disruption in the fashion industry. Legend has it that a team of adventurous mountaineers, a team of seven Americans and one British climber were ambitiously attempting the first ascent of K2. K2 being the second highest peak in the world after Everest. Bauer produced the Kara Koram Park, aptly named after the mountain range which borders Pakistan and China which has K2 amongst its peaks.
In a letter to Bauer’s partner, William F. Niemi, dated January 18, 1953, expedition leader Charles Snead Houston called it,
“the finest article of cold weather, high altitude equipment I have ever seen.”
Mountaineering has many tales and non more famous that that of the Pete Schoening and what would become known simply as “the Belay”.