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Experts in our midst: Duluth

March 8, 2011
JonF

After joining the team at Duluth Pack in Canal Park I quickly learned how much talent and experience is under that roof. While to the outside observer it may simply appear as a retail location, but there are people working with me who have outfitted, photographed, and traveled all over Minnesota and the world. Please indulge me while I introduce a few of them to you.

First, I would like to introduce you to former staffer, Chris Gibbs of C5 Photography. Chris is now an outdoors and adventure photographer who specializes in the beauty of the winter season. In January, Chris spoke at the store and shared with us photos and stories of winter trips into the Boundary Waters and the Quetico Provincial Park. He recently traveled as an imbed photographer with a John Beargrease team, and got some great shots.

Our next presentation at the store will be on March 24, and the subject is a father/daughter canoe trip into the Quetico. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the lakes, rivers, and sights of the Quetico. I am sure the dynamics of the father/child relationship will also play a role in their story. Additionally, it will provide a chance to plot your own course and ask questions in regards to routing in the park.

Second, let me introduce you to our team member responsible for our canoe packs at Duluth Pack, Ian Smith. While being young, Ian has worked several seasons as an outfitter, and knows the applications of our gear like the back of his hand. Whether you have pack questions, or routing and map questions seek out Ian to get good answers.

Third, is our most well rounded adventurer and store manager, Jon Farchmin. Jon has the unique qualification of seeing the BWCA and the Quetico not only in summer, but also through extensive trips in the winter. Jon has routes, campsites, and many secrets that only one who has been there can share. And let’s not forget all the wonderful gear, Jon knows his gear very well.

An inland waters guru like myself is in good company at Duluth Pack store. While I have joked that I am more comfortable on water then on land, I have co-workers who would likely make the same statement. We all enjoy having you visit us down in Canal Park, and with ice out just around the corner, we look forward to helping you plan and gear up for your summer trips.

Thanks for the great post Captain Brad! You are also a great addition to the Duluth Pack team!

Post By: Brad Putney - Captain Brad Putney considers himself an inland waters guru, having been at the helm of everything from a ten foot inflatable to an America’s Cup yacht. In the summer the Captain works as an outfitter in Ely and is presently a sales associate at Duluth Pack in Canal Park.

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Come see us at the Minnesota State Fair!

August 30, 2010

fairWe will be at the Great Minnesota Get Together again this year! This is our favorite time of year! We get to get out on the road and meet our friends and fans, hear their stories, and of course make new friends. People are excited to see that our products are STILL made in Duluth, MN and have been for 128 years! Each bag is hand sewn, hand riveted and hand signed. We offer a lifetime guarantee on our craftsmanship!

After you ride the rides, and eat your fill of items on a stick, stop in and say hi! We are in the Empire Commons Building/Dairy Building. Home of the famous butterheads and milkshakes.  Last year was a great year when we won the “Outstanding Consession” Award.  So come and see why!

PS – A little tip, the “rueben-on-a-stick is amazing”. What is your favorite item on a stick?

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Duluth Pack and Blog?

April 21, 2009

Porier pack on our founder

I just realized what an oxymoron these two terms are. Duluth Pack and Blog. After 127 years we are steeped in a rich tradition, making packs the same way for years, our tried and true method. In 1882, what would our founder Camille Poirier, have to say about the concept of a blog? Unimaginable!

Yet, here we are launching our blog, acknowledging the fact that outside these factory walls life moves forward. Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t coming into the 21st century kicking and screaming. Moreover we are excited about a whole new world to share our history and our pride in craftsmanship. We plan on sharing a lot more as well. We love this company, city and surrounding lands. We have a product to fit in with anyone, anywhere. We can’t wait to begin to sharing the old with the new.