In 1966 the Berghaus brand was founded. It all started when climbers and mountaineers Peter Lockey and Gordon Davison from the Northeast of England decided to import and sell their own equipment. They were disappointed with the outdoor gear available at the time.
Their specialist outdoor shop, LD Mountain Centre, quickly gained a reputation for selling the best high-performance outdoor equipment of big names like Atomic Skis, Marker Bindings and Nordica Ski.
Due to their success, Lockey and Davison began designing, testing, and manufacturing their own equipment to sell in the shop. This innovative range of high-quality clothing, inspired by what climbers really wanted and needed, was called Berghaus.
The stories of Berghaus and the iconic adventurer Sir Chris Bonington are deeply intertwined. It was in the early 1980s that Sir Chris “officially” used the brand. In 1984 he became a sponsored athlete, and a year later he achieved one of his dreams when, at the age of 50, he reached the summit of Everest.
Survival and triumph are Sir Chris’ watchwords, and his reputation is based on a genuine ability to lead. Not only in the mountains, but also in the boardroom, where Berghaus is proud to have him as its non-executive chairman.
Berghaus: by and for mountaineers
Experts in technical outdoor sports and adventure clothing, with a special focus on the mountains. Founded by two passionate mountaineers in England, it is the brand for those who seek to reach summits.
Peter Lockey and Gordon Davison set up LD Mountain Centre in Newcastle, England, to sell the best outdoor equipment from around the world. The following year they renamed it Berghaus – German for “Mountain House“.
The first Berghaus branded product is launched: a lightweight bivouac tent.
Factories open in Washington, Tyne and Wear, employing 12 people.
The Cyclops backpack is launched, a world first with an internal reinforcement structure.
Berghaus partners with the relatively unknown Gore-Tex®.
The Yeti® waterproof gaiter is launched, an instant classic that is still considered a very significant development in outdoor clothing.
Sir Chris Bonington climbs Everest for the first time.
Launch of the Extrem™ line. Innovative products for the most extreme adventures.
Alex Huber, extreme alpine climber and Berghaus athlete, completes the first ascent of the North American wall on El Capitan and calls it El Niño. Shortly afterwards, 18-year-old Leo Houlding, who would later become a key member of the Berghaus team, makes the second ascent.
Awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation in Outdoor Product Design and Technical Development, Berghaus’ status as an iconic UK brand is confirmed.
MTNHAUS® design and innovation team launched.
Berghaus launches innovative Hydrodown® water-repellent down insulation.
First ascent of a major new route on the remarkable Antarctic peak, Ulvetanna (2930 m).
Philippe Gatta, ultra-trail runner and Berghaus athlete, traverses the Great Himalayan Trail for 1,700km, including over 88km of elevation gain. He moves through some of the highest mountains in the world, including Everest, Makalu and Kangchenjunga.
Berghaus signs female athlete Molly Thompson-Smith, climber.
Leo Houlding leads expedition to climb Mirror Wall (1,200m) in the Greenland Arctic, testing the new Extreme™ line.
Berghaus wins awards for the Extrem 8000 pro jacket and the following season for the Hyper 100. Both amazing pieces originate from their innovation line.
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