This is pretty timely. My review of the Brooks-Range Isto jacket will be published shortly. They make really nice gear, and Matt’s efforts certainly make him worthy of this award.
FREMONT, CALIF. – Matt Brooks, president and founder of Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment, has just been awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Mountain Guiding Award by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). This honor was bestowed on the longtime guide and alpinist during the 2012 AMGA Annual Meeting that took place in Red Rocks, Nevada on October 20, 2012.
Commenting on the award, Bela Vadasz, co-owner with his wife, Mimi, of Alpine Skills International in Truckee Calif., and 2008 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Mountain Guiding Award said, “Matt is the epitome of passion when it comes to mountains.”
Matt Brooks founded Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment Co. in 1995 in his garage. Prior to that, Brooks worked as a certified mountain guide through his guiding company, Adventures In High Places. He did many first ascents in the U.S. and the European Alps, including Yosemite’s Galactic Hitchhiker, the longest technical rock climb in North America. During his career as a mountain guide, Brooks developed solutions to common backcountry issues and problems, designing products for his own use. When other guides took an interest in his home made ski guide cards and rescue sleds, he established the company that is now known as Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment Co. Today, Brooks-Range is headquartered in Fremont, Calif. where Brooks and his team works tirelessly to design innovative, top-quality backcountry and outdoor gear for professional guides and recreational travelers alike. Most products are made in the USA and are sold at outdoor retail shops nationwide, and on the web at: www.brooks-range.com.