About Us

HandCrafted // Seattle Made

Members of Uphill Designs handcraft every piece of gear in our Seattle workshop. Each piece is influenced by the wilderness and designed to help protect it. We are committed to connecting people with the outdoors through product, community, and education.

Kickstarter 1:

Hiking poles for the modern adventurer

Kickstarter 2:

pack for the modern adventurer

The team





Dan founded Uphill Designs after thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013. During the 2,665 miles, he carried a tent and pack he had sewn himself. He was given the trail name Uphill for his love of steep climbs and breathtaking views. Dan now uses his M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Washington to create hiking equipment perfect for the trail. Outside of the workshop he also loves to climb cliffs all over Washington.

Mallory is the lead strategist and marketer at Uphill Designs. She joined the team after completing a Masters of Science in Bioengineering with a focus on Global Health Diagnostics from the University of Washington. She loves exploring the back-country of Glacier National Park and takes her camera wherever she goes. When she is not cutting and tanning leather or writing press releases she loves to teach yoga and make chocolate-centric desserts.

Oliver is the company intern. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Washington. When not cutting fabric and making leather products, he enjoys biking, singing in the shower, and interpretive dance.

Carolyn is the digital marketing and design intern here at Uphill Designs. From shooting product photos, to designing stickers, she does it all. Carolyn attends Cornish College of the Arts, where she is pursuing a degree in graphic design. When she’s not pushing pixels around on her sticker covered laptop, she’s likely frolicking in the mountains or asking strangers if she can pet their dog.