Category Archives: Dana DNA

From Humble Beginnings: The Gleasons and MYSTERY RANCH

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D3, MYSTERY RANCH’s co-owner Dana Gleason’s son, picks up where Dana leaves off, not only in skill set but in conversation. We sat both Dana and D3 down at different times and listened to their renditions of how MYSTERY RANCH has become what it is today.

“There’s a few certain simple bits of history that have maintained themselves through the utility of the overall bag designs for many years. Creating packs that have a pair of pockets on the back which allowed us to get quick access to stuff we wanted to have on the outside. To keep pockets out of the way of arm swing when cross country skiing, without getting in the way of the brush when bushwhacking, and without getting in the way of train doors when hopping on and off of urban transportation, were all very good reasons for the basics of having pockets on the back. Moreover, the bags have maintained themselves that way for the larger volumes for a long time because it suited our purposes.” states Dana Gleason.

 

Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award: 1999 winner Terraplane vs. the 2016 winners Mystic and Sphinx

In 2015, D3 took the same utility elements of Dana’s … READ MORE >


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Built for the Mission

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You may have noticed that we do things a little differently here at Mystery Ranch.

We’re on a mission to create something that matters. 

There’s a lot that goes into a Mystery Ranch backpack. Forty years of experience, for starters. A design and production team that’s committed to our history of innovation and durability. A relationship with our customers that guarantees we take every step necessary to build the best, so that you can survive the worst.

We build for folks whose work demands that their gear perform in every possible outcome. Men and women with a job to do. We build with the best materials available and the most durable construction methods that exist because you inspire us.

We don’t compromise when it comes to materials. We are always looking for newer, better and tougher, but we will never sacrifice performance. We guarantee that our gear will support your mission whether it’s on the front line, the fire line, the cleanest line or the steepest line.

Every pack that we build is designed with you in mind – from function and fit to design and comfort. When each item that goes in your pack is a necessity, we want READ MORE >


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And the lucky urchin(s?) be…

A pirate’s heart be like a mango. Woody and tough at the core, but there be plenty o’ softness around it…

Yarrr, this old barnacle don’t like t’ sound so ‘motional, but ye mateys done me proud! 81 of ye commented that ye’d like a Booty Bag, and near e’ery one of ye’s got a proper salty tongue. Fer that, we’re givin’ away not one, but two Bags o’ Booty from the Mystery Ranch Treasure Chest.

One o’ these gems we’s givin’ away ‘t random. Our apologies, but our crab trap got ‘eld up in customs, so we’ll have t’ do this one with the help o’ Random.org.

The other, we’re givin’ t’ the scurvy bilge rat who spoke in the most pleasinest pirate parlance.

So let’s get t’ pickin’. Anchors away and raise the sails!

Yarrr! 66 be a fine number. And the 66th urchin t’ comment be:

Greg Stucky, you’s goin’ to make Cap’n in no time with all the booty ye’ll be able t’ haul. YO HO to ye!

The second part o’ this ‘ere’s giveaway was a tough one. Ye all spoke such perfect pirate that this ol’ mango heart o’ mine got tenderized, like ye … READ MORE >


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Moving In… the Timelapse!

Dana Gleason and Luke Buckingham at the Official Ribbon and Tie Cutting Ceremony!

Moving into a brand new building this January was quite the event!  We captured the three day process through the camera lens… it only took 10,369 photos stitched together to make this video!… READ MORE >


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Dana goes REALLY BIG on the Facebook Pack Giveway!

Dana had more fun than should be allowed... check it out!

Did you win?!  Watch the video to find out!!!

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Winners Announced!!! 2011 Mystery Ranch Photo and Video Contest

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The entries have been received, the chads dimpled, ties settled with sewing machines at 20 paces and recounts recounted. We are proud to announce and showcase the winners of the 2011 Mystery Ranch photo and video contest. Congratulations to grand prize winners Ryan Krueger, Matthew Irving and KGB Productions and thanks to everyone who entered your unbelievably awesome photos and videos.… READ MORE >


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The First Day of the Rest of the Season.

Photo by Jay Beyer

So after a few injury laden weeks from an episode involving a stubborn tree and my hip, I finally made it back into the mountains.  Tradeshows brought me down to Denver for SIA and Salt Lake City for OR, to ride some pow with my good friend Jay Beyer (jaybeyer.com)  The Wasatch doesn’t disappoint even with an ice layer from a rain sequence the week prior, as we found good snow on the backside of Mt. Superior.  Sunny skies and decent wind deposited enough new snow to cover up parts of that ice layer and make for some good photo opportunities and easy skinning.

My Fuze and I are attached at the hip throughout most of the winter and finally got a chance to ride my new DPS Lotus 138’s after staring at them for weeks.  A few laps on the north side of Superior on wind affected, but silky smooth snow, and a final push back down to Little Cottonwood.  If you haven’t ridden in the Wasatch….  You know what exclamation comes next…

That night, forecast called for a mild storm to roll in and we aimed our sights at the Y-Not Couloir … READ MORE >


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“Seacat Season” Slideshow

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Steven Drake’s 2010 Montana Hunting Season Slideshow

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Spring in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem!

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Spring is in full swing in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  You name it, we’ve got it!  Wind, rain, hail, snow, sunshine a bit of everything in just one day.  One of my goals for this early Spring season was to start testing two of Mystery Ranch’s smaller packs, the Courier bag & Booty bag.  In conjunction with May being National Bike month, I thought this would be a perfect fit.  This Spring, I was fortunate enough to visit a good friend, Corrie in Jackson Hole, WY who is an amazing pastry cook in Teton Village.

During my visit I wore the Booty bag on a day hike in the Red Hills, biking up Signal Mountain, shopping around Jackson & kicking up festivities at a Grand Teton Brewing Company event.  The Booty bag worked well in all environments.  It rides well on my shoulders & carries both rain jackets, camera & snacks quite well.  Once the pack is on your shoulders, it slides closed so no need to worry about anything flying out of the bag when hiking or biking.  It is a perfect pack for short day hikes, town & trail bike rides & for cruising around town.


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