Like most successful businesses, Mountain Gear started with a problem and a solution. Paul Fish couldn't find a backpack that met his needs for his passion -- climbing and hiking. So he built on by hand. Passersby on mountain trails kept asking about it and soon word spread. He and his wife opened a little store in Spokane, Washington and, now, 25 years later, Mountain Gear has become one of the internet's biggest suppliers of mountaineering, backpacking and climbing gear, offering a huge assortment of apparel, footwear and gear.