The North Face

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Hap Klopp (Dick Klopp) is perhaps the name most prominently associated with the arising of "The North Face" as the modern giant it has beome today; however, Doug Tomkins was the originator of the North Face name (more below). Hap was a Stanford School of Business graduate circa 1966. His business training there, and past hands-on experience running a family business, were being put to good use in efforts that he and some others were making to buy The Ski Hut in Berkeley from George Rudolf. That did not happen because George Rudolf could not be convinced to sell.

...as time went by, Hap Klopp was still searching for an outdoor business to buy. Soon Hap shifted his focus to a new target. He remembers, "I bought The North Face, which was a retail store run by Doug Tomkins. When Tomkins owned the store, TNF had no product of its own but sold gear that included private labelled products from Sierra Designs. Tomkins had sold TNF to three people. Arne and Glen Hiersoux and Justus Bauschinger." It took many months of negotiations, but in May of 1968 Hap's offer to buy was accepted. Justus stayed on for awhile as Head Designer, but the Hiersouxs left.

from Bruce Johnson's History of Gear

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Hap Klopp: Bringing the Oval Intention from Concept to Market The North Face
Mark Erickson: The Oval Intention Changes the Game Mountain Hardwear, SlingFin, The North Face
Golden Corral...Las Vegas...circa 1984 The North Face
The North Face Originals Discuss the Oval Intention Easton Aluminum, Hudson Trail Outfitters, The North Face
History of Gear - The Backpacking Revolution: Table of Contents Adventure 16, Alp Sport, Alpine Designs, C.C.Filson Co, Camp 7, Class 5, Downhome, Early Winters, Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), Eddie Bauer, Frostline, Gerry, Holubar, JanSport, Kelty Pack, Moonstone, Moss Tent Works, Mountain Safety Research (MSR), Mountainsmith, Patagonia, Pendleton, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), Shelter Systems, Sierra Designs, Snow Lion, The North Face, The Ski Hut - Berkeley, CA (dba Trailwise, Donner Mountain Corp), Trailwise, Warmlite, Yak Works
Trailblazer: Peter Noone Boss Manufacturing, Copeland's, Donner Mountain Corp (DMC), Patagonia, Pivetta, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), Saska Sports, Sierra Designs, Sigg, The North Face, The Ski Hut - Berkeley, CA (dba Trailwise, Donner Mountain Corp), Trailwise
Bev's A-Z PCT Gear List Big Agnes, Esbit Stoves, Feathered Friends, GoLite, Katadyn Products, Kuhl Clothing, Mammut, Merrell Shoes, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia, Platypus, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), Salomon Running, The North Face, Therm-a-Rest
Neutral Ground, Exclusive Turf- Eating and Drinking in Berkeley in the Seventies Brennan's, Class 5, Sierra Designs, Spenger's Fresh Fish Grotto, The North Face, The Ski Hut - Berkeley, CA (dba Trailwise, Donner Mountain Corp), Trailwise
Fabiano Boots or Cement Overshoes? Fabiano Boots, Lowa Boots, Sierra Designs, The North Face
Bruce Hamilton and Kenneth Snelson: a short conversation. The North Face
Helen Li's Retirement Party Mountain Hardwear, The North Face
Trailblazer: Justus Bauschinger Class 5, The North Face, The Ski Hut - Berkeley, CA (dba Trailwise, Donner Mountain Corp)
Trailblazer: Jack Gilbert Black Ice, Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), Holubar, Mountain Hardwear, Odyssey, Sierra Designs, Snow Lion, The North Face
Sierra Designs Plant Closure - December 1984 CML, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), Sierra Designs, Sierra Designs Workers Union, The North Face
Trailblazer: Hap Klopp Easton Aluminum, The North Face, The Ski Hut - Berkeley, CA (dba Trailwise, Donner Mountain Corp), W.L.Gore and Associates, Yosemite Climbing School
Trailblazer: Mark Erickson Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), Easton Aluminum, Eddie Bauer, Erickson Outdoors, Gerry, Holubar, JanSport, L. L. Bean, The North Face
Trailblazer: Mic Mead and Adventure 16 Adventure 16, Black Ice, Granite Stairway Mountaineering, Kelty Pack, Snow Lion, The North Face
Paige Springer Boucher Intro Altra, Inc, Frostline, Mountain Hardwear, Odyssey, Sierra Designs, The North Face
Nancy Eisen, Jen Slaboda, Julie ONeil, and Roberta Hernandez discuss various things Erickson Outdoors, Mountain Hardwear, Odyssey, Polartec, Inc, The North Face
Mark Perrilliat at The North Face, Sierra Designs, and Mountain Hardwear, in brief Mountain Hardwear, Sierra Designs, The North Face
Buckminster Fuller at The North Face - Ingrid's snapshots The North Face
Martin Zemitis on Tent Design Essentials and Trade-offs Mountain Hardwear, Sierra Designs, SlingFin, The North Face
Martin Zemitis, Designer - Brief History and Introduction Mountain Hardwear, Sierra Designs, SlingFin, The North Face
Paul Kramer on Helen Li's essential role at Mountain Hardwear Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Odyssey, Sierra Designs, The North Face, W.L.Gore and Associates
A Brief History of the Foundation of Sierra Designs Mountain Hardwear, Sierra Designs, The North Face, The Ski Hut - Berkeley, CA (dba Trailwise, Donner Mountain Corp), Trailwise

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