© G. Schaezlein
Western Mountaineering

This website is filled with photos of wilderness pioneers exploring the Sierras during the early 1900's. Robert "Grandpa" Schaezlein shared his passion for the mountains with his son, Robert and grandson, Gary, who was inspired to make a lasting connection to the outdoors. Gary Schaezlein founded Western Mountaineering in 1970 because of the inspiration generated in the outings with his father and grandfather, who appears in these photos. His favorite places included "Little Yosemite Valley" (before Hetch Hetchy), Jack Main Canyon, the Cherry Creek drainage and Kibby Lake. Special thanks to the Schaezlein family for the opportunity to use these spectacular historical photos which reveal the spirit of adventure that started it all

Down Booties
Standard & Expedition Down Booties 
Standard Down Booties
average weight only 6oz. per pair, Expedition Down Booties average weight only 8oz. per pair! Non-slip outer sole material; 800 fill power European goose down insulation. Made in USA.
Flight Down Pants 
Flight Pants average weight only 11oz. per pair with full side zips and DWR finish. 850+ fill power goose down.
Hooded Flash Jacket
Flash series now available in gender specific sizing. 850 Plus Fill Power Goose Down, insulated hood and 9oz. average weight!
Our Products:

Sleeping Bags
At Western Mountaineering, we take pride in offering lightweight, high quality down sleeping bags that are made to last. With more than ten models under two pounds in total weight, the lightweight enthusiasts have plenty to choose from. If you wish to look at any of these sleeping bags, we encourage you to visit your nearest Western Mountaineering dealer.

Jackets & Vests
We have carefully selected the lightest fabrics and raw materials to make our new Flash and Flight series jackets and vests. The shell fabric is a tightly woven material that weighs only 0.9 oz. per square yard!

Western Mountaineering Catalog.
Download the Western Mountaineering 2012 Catalog [6 MB].

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Top photo Early 1900s © G. Schaezlein
Background image © G. Schaezlein
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