The Marmot club was created in 1971 on a trip to the Juneau Ice Fields in Alaska, by University of California students, Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntley. To become a Marmot you had to climb a glaciated peak with another Marmot. In 1973, the two began making prototypes of down products in their dorm room. The first products made were a down vest, a sweater and parka, and three down sleeping bags rated to -45 degrees F. The rest is in the books. In 1974, Marmot the company was born and they have been making quality, performance gear ever since.