A Heritage Born of the Mountains

Who We Are

We exist to equip and inspire you to do what you love – from climbing the highest peak, to camping with friends, travelling the world, exploring the outdoors, staying fit, or simply getting from A to B in the urban jungle. A product bearing the Mountain Designs label represents quality, innovation and functionality crafted for the world's adventure playground – the outdoors!

Where it All Started


Long before it was a well-known brand, Mountain Designs was just one man operating out of a suitcase that he kept under a sofa.

As a young climber, Rick White had a dream – to provide quality goods to adventurers like himself. Starting as a specialist climbing retailer, he spent many years growing his business in Brisbane, serving a miniscule market of climbers and bushwalkers.

In 1975 Rick launched the company now known as Mountain Designs to meet the needs of the burgeoning mountaineering community. His passion for providing high quality goods could only be matched by his appetite for adventure – an adventurist attitude and visionary spirit that is still highly regarded among climbers today.

It is this 'Heritage born of the mountains' philosophy that has been the heart and soul of Mountain Designs for the past 40 years.

During the 80's the demand for Mountain Designs products grew, spurred on by the daring spirit of 'antipodeans' seeking worldly challenges in exotic places. It was a period of rapid growth for not only the business but also the brand. The upward success of the brand saw the need to expand across Australia.

Our unique heritage is the soul of Mountain Designs and our label the spirit.

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