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#2900195 - 03/20/09 11:47 AM The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason
RickBin Offline

Campfire Outfitter

Registered: 06/10/00
Posts: 9112
Loc: Los Angeles, California
Hi Folks:

Well, I guess the cat is out of the bag now.

I'd like to personally welcome Dana Gleason to the Campfire! As many of you may know, Dana founded Dana Designs, one of the premier backpack manufacturers in the world. Full disclosure: Most of my backpacks, some of which pre-date the Campfire, are Danas. His Terraplane design was for many years considered the Holy Grail of internals. I am absolutely and unabashedly biased.

Dana is also responsible for the Loadmaster series of external-frame backpacks, which are still considered by many to be the best external frame pack ever made (I own two versions).

Currently, Dana is the founder and owner of Mystery Ranch, out of Bozeman, MT. Anybody who has even superficially perused the backpack forum knows how highly Mystery Ranch packs, and the NICE Crew Cab in particular, are thought of by cognoscenti. (I own a NICE Crew Cab, and a 6500 bag as well ).

Bottom line: if there is a guru in the world of backpacking, Dana Gleason is it. I am extremely proud to have him aboard, and I hope you welcome him in the manner he deserves.

Welcome Dana!
Rick Bin

#2900365 - 03/20/09 01:23 PM Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: RickBin]
Greenhorn Offline
Campfire Ranger

Registered: 02/25/01
Posts: 1978
Not only do you get some of the backpack experts (MysteryRanch) on here, assisting and answering every question under the sun, the big guy himself is contributing! About the only thing better than that, is the service you get in person if you ever visit the Mystery Ranch factory in Bozeman. Or better yet, the lack of pain and frustration involved with using gear that doesn't cut it.

I bought my first Dana pack in 95, an AstraPlane Overkill - a great pack. Since then, I've tried to arm myself with many of the innovations they consistantly produce. Awesome stuff from great folks - no doubt!

#2900386 - 03/20/09 01:32 PM Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: Greenhorn]
kenaiking Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 11/08/04
Posts: 3933
+ one zillon. My wife calls Dana the "legend" \:\)
"It's my main love for all things Ackley. Plus the dude was cool before cool was cool."


#2900789 - 03/20/09 05:12 PM Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: kenaiking]
Sullyk Offline

Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 42
Loc: Rocky Mtns
Sooooo, is there going to be any special deals for us around the campfire?

#2901328 - 03/20/09 10:18 PM Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: Sullyk]
ktowncamo Offline
New Member

Registered: 01/28/09
Posts: 2
Loc: Kamas, Utah
I met Dana at the Western Hunting Show in SLC this past January and had a chance to get a close up look at the new packs - some really cool stuff and very well thought out. Of course, anyone that knew Dana Designs or Dana himself wouldn't expect anything less than solid in the Mystery Ranch packs.

Plus the crew of guys he's got with him are top shelf.

#2901799 - 03/21/09 08:59 AM Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: ktowncamo]
RosinBag Offline

Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 93
I will second and third the welcomes. I have never met Dana, but he has met many of my presidential friend$$$$$$$ and I was glad to hand them over for his products and the great customer service that comes with everything they produce.

#2902857 - 03/21/09 08:19 PM Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: RosinBag]
Scorpion Offline
Campfire Guide

Registered: 08/28/07
Posts: 4758
Loc: Appalachian Basin
This is great! Glad to have him aboard!

#2903770 - 03/22/09 09:16 AM Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: Scorpion]
oldguns Offline
Campfire Regular

Registered: 03/28/04
Posts: 823
welcome aboard Dana

#2905441 - 03/22/09 10:27 PM Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: oldguns]
watch4bear Offline
Campfire Kahuna

Registered: 12/13/05
Posts: 21956
Loc: wasilla ak

Son of a liberal: " What did you do in the War On Terror, Daddy?"

Liberal father: " I fought the Americans, along with all the other liberals."

#2907012 - 03/23/09 05:05 PM Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: watch4bear]
ironbender Offline
Campfire Oracle

Registered: 12/08/03
Posts: 42456
Loc: In the shadow of the Kenai Mtn...
Welcome to Dana, looking forward to your posts and advice.

Kudos to Rick, keeping this site the best and a step or three in front of the rest.

If you take the time it takes, it takes less time.
--Pat Parelli

American by birth; Alaskan by choice.

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