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#2900195 - 03/20/09 The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason
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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!
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#2900365 - 03/20/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: RickBin]
Greenhorn Offline
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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!


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#2900386 - 03/20/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: Greenhorn]
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+ one zillon. My wife calls Dana the "legend" \:\)
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#2900789 - 03/21/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: kenaiking]
Sullyk Offline
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Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 42
Loc: Rocky Mtns
Sooooo, is there going to be any special deals for us around the campfire?

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#2901328 - 03/21/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: Sullyk]
ktowncamo Offline
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Registered: 01/28/09
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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.

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

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#2902857 - 03/22/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: RosinBag]
Scorpion Offline
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This is great! Glad to have him aboard!

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#2903770 - 03/22/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: Scorpion]
oldguns Offline
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welcome aboard Dana

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#2905441 - 03/23/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: oldguns]
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#2907012 - 03/24/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: watch4bear]
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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.

--Mike
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#2907783 - 03/24/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: ironbender]
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Loc: Michigan
The BPing forum of 24hr is bar none the best source for all things mountain hunting. This just strengthens that. I assume Dana is "MysteryRanch" that has been posting?

Nice to see such an authority giving 24hr its due.

Thank you Dana!
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#2907788 - 03/24/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: ironbender]
kalbrecht Offline
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Registered: 08/19/02
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Loc: Wyoming
I've known Dana and Renee since I bought my first daypack and fannypack from them back when their business name was "Kletterworks".I still use those packs for hunting and I use a newer (relativly speaking) Dana Design Alpine for backpacking. Dana and Renee are good people and make one heck of a pack.

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#2908585 - 03/24/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: NimrodRx]
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NimrodRx~

My name is Mark Seacat. I am the Marketing/Public Relations Director here at Mystery Ranch. I specialize in the Hunting Packs market for us here in Bozeman and post on 24hour Campfire under the handle "Mystery Ranch".

Feel free to ask me any questions you have regarding our entire pack line. You can private message me here, but for best results and faster service.... please email me at work.

markseacatmysteryranch.com

Dana's mantra to me about our backpack designs has always been, "We don't make packs for the people who only dream about using the gear, we make packs for the people who actually do use it."

I'm stoked Dana will be posting here periodically. We've been very impressed with every individual we've connected with through the campfire and are excited to be onboard!
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#2917345 - 03/28/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: MysteryRanch]
actionshooter Offline
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Registered: 08/06/06
Posts: 246
Loc: West Wa
I'm excited to see Dana here, My 1st Dana pack was about 90-91 Archflex terreplane, I still use it but its in BAD shape. I've tried others but always go back.

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#2917751 - 03/28/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: actionshooter]
Huntr Offline
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Welcome Dana!

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#2924658 - 03/31/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: RickBin]
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Registered: 03/02/05
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Loc: Western Slope of Colorado

Well cool.......my Dana Designs Astraplane has always been one of my fav pieces of hunting equipment--albeit a bit ragged these days. I wonder if he'll give me a killer deal on a Mystery Ranch pack?



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#2929140 - 04/01/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: kenaiking]
TheBigSky Offline
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Registered: 12/22/08
Posts: 2083
Loc: Big Sky Country
 Originally Posted By: kenaiking
+ one zillon. My wife calls Dana the "legend" \:\)


There's only one of me so I can only give a +1. My wife calls Dana "who?". I'm still trying to educate her.

I've never, ever, experienced customer service that can exceed that I receive when I'm at Mystery Ranch in Bozeman. An example to be emulated.
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#2941408 - 04/06/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: TheBigSky]
AkMtnHntr Offline
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Registered: 08/15/06
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Loc: Alaska
Welcome to the 'Fire and especially, the Back Pack Forum!!
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#2941506 - 04/06/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: AkMtnHntr]
Carolina Shooter Offline
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Registered: 08/12/05
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Loc: Rock Hill SC
Very cool, I too am a big fan of My Dana Pack. It's the Terraplane purchased in Athens GA. back in 95. It still feels as great as ever. Course I don't use it like I did back then. It's not the pack that has too many miles on it.

Welcome!
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#2949454 - 04/09/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: Carolina Shooter]
David_Walter Offline
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SO, anyone mind if I ask a question of Dana?

What pack would you take on a 50 mile hike over relatively flat land with a troop of 5 boy scouts?
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#2957853 - 04/13/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: David_Walter]
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Hmmmm...I'd pack them in a Lincoln Navigator...Whoops, sorry, just having a flashback to my Cubmaster days.<shudder>. If I was going with young (11-12) or inexperienced Scouts I'd be planning on going fairly slowly, which means a largish pack, say 6000ci or so.With some groups I've seen,7-10 miles a day can be a major undertaking-and that means a lot of consumables, for 5-7 days...a major undertaking.
If you have experienced Scouts, and and are in condition, you could go quite light and blast it in 2-2.5 days. For that,a 3-4000ci pack would do. The real determining factor will be your Scouts, just as much as the terrain and distance.
Its easy to plan for a fast trip, but your Scouts would have to want to do it that way and be capable of it. Otherwise everybody is going to have a bad time. And they won't want to repeat that...

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#2998515 - 04/28/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: DanaGleason]
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Posts: 183
Loc: Bozeman Montana
Come on folks.... someone else MUST have a question for DANA GLEASON.


Mark
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#3004649 - 04/30/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: MysteryRanch]
Ed_T Offline
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Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 2736
Loc: Helena, MT
Dana,

If you could, share a bit of your history in the pack business.

Of course everyone knows or should know about Dana Designs.

I remember when you were doing Mojo and later Quest camera packs.

I also remember you designed a series of packs for Marmot way back. I recall looking at them when Michael had Northern Lights in the shopping center.

Then there was the Works a part of Mystery Ranch? Or a predessor?

And finally why the Mystry Ranch name?

Best,

Ed
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#3007905 - 05/02/09 Re: The Campfire Welcomes Dana Gleason [Re: Ed_T]
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I'd like to know if there are any externals planned?

rb
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