All About The Climbing: Everything Old Is New Again
Deuter. Awesome hiking packs. The best kid carriers on the market. Sweet biking and ski packs. But some time ago — 1934 to be exact — Deuter first made its mark in the big mountain climbing world when it supplied the backpacks for the German Himalayan Expedition to Nanga Parbat. In 1953, Deuter was there when Austrian mountaineer Hermann Buhl made the first ascent of the 26,600-foot (8,126 meters) Nanga Parbet.
“Sooner or later, everything old is new again.”
– Stephen King, The Colorado Kid
At the annual Outdoor Retailer trade show held earlier this month in Salt Lake City, Deuter unveiled a new line of products with a big nod to its climbing heritage: The Gravity Series. Like Stephen King wrote, what’s old is new again. Only this time, with 21st century materials and construction, the Gravity Series is heck of a lot better than what was used on the world’s biggest mountains back in the day.
The new Gravity Series of Deuter bags is designed for sport, traditional, big wall and alpine climbers. It’s not just a nod to where Deuter came from. It’s also a testament to where Deuter is today. Longtime Deuter CEO Bernd Kullman (who once summited Everest in, uh, blue jeans) was instrumental in the design of the new line of bags. He assembled ambitious young athletes, experienced alpinists, retailers, and mountain guides who critically scrutinized and provided feedback about his new line of climbing bags. Thanks to the collaboration with this group of experienced women and men, Deuter created the Gravity – by climbers, for climbers.
The Gravity Series — with everything from chalk bags up to a 50-liter big wall hauler — hits retailers’ shelves in spring of 2017.