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The North Face. Named for the most challenging side of the mountain, The North Face has equipped explorers since 1966 to reach their dreams. Driven by the mantra of Never Stop Exploring™, their expeditions inspire us to test the outer limits of performance and possibility.

The North Face

Named for the most challenging side of the mountain, The North Face has equipped explorers since 1966 to reach their dreams. Driven by the mantra of Never Stop Exploring™, their expeditions inspire us to test the outer limits of performance and possibility.

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About The North Face

Established in 1966, The North Face is an outdoor clothing and equipment manufacturer founded by Doug Tompkins, a climber and environmentalist. His first small store in San Francisco was a regular stopover for climbers heading in or out of Yosemite.

Among The North Face’s earliest designs were some of the first internal frame backpacks for climbers and hikers, versatile and more comfortable than traditional external frame packs. In 1975, The North Face released the first dome tent, lighter and stronger than other designs at the time. Its impact can be seen in modern ultra-packable tents that speckle alpine meadows, lakesides and campsites today.

The North Face offers styles that perform everywhere from summits to sidewalks. Parents trust The North Face kids gear to keep little ones dry and warm on playgrounds and ski hills. Climbers and mountaineers rely on the company's sleeping bags and shelters for summit pushes and long-term base camps. Hikers trust The North Face’s technical raingear and quick-drying layers for day hikes and multi-day missions.

In 1989, The North Face co-founded the Conservation Alliance, a non-profit organization committed to protecting the world’s wildest places. Now a global network, the organization represents hundreds of businesses and industry leaders, all sharing the mission of safeguarding the environment for future generations.