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Heritage Of the Woods' Sleeping Bags
Woods is one of the oldest and most famous sleeping bag manufacturing companies in the world. Woods' products have been used by famours explorers such as Admiral Richard Byrd, Roald Amundsen, Sir George, Hubert Wilins and Father Hubbard. They have also written and talked about by Ernest Hemingway and Will Rogers.
1906 - Navigation of the Northwest Passage
Woods' sleeping bags and tents were on-board the ship Gjoa, when Roald Amundsen and his crew sucessfully navigated the Northwest Passage in 1906, ending more than 400 years of failed attempts by such legendary explorers as Sir John Franklin. Amundsen would later say of his exploration "There are two times a man is happy, when he's up at the North Pole. When his belly is full of hot liquid and when he's in his Woods' sleeping bag"
1925 - First ascent of Canada's highest peak Mount Logan
An international team of explorers led by Albert MacCarthy became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Logan on June 23rd. To this day, the expedition is seen as one of the most arduous mountain adventures ever undertaken, lasting 65 days and covering a total distance of 120 miles. On their return journey, the expedition culminated in a float down the Chitna River, when all team members could no longer walk due to frostbite - an adventure of epic proportions into the unknown. Woods outfitted the expedition with sleeping bags, tents, backpacks and parkas.
1982 - First ascent of Mount Everest by a Canadian team
By 1982, there were few places left where Woods and Canadians hadn't travelled, but an extreme adventure was still to be had. Laurie Skreslet became the first Canadian to reach the summit of Mount Everest on October 5th at 9:30 am. Woods supplied Skreslet and the Canadian team with sleeping bags, tents and the Arctic parka, Laurie would wear at the world's greatest height.