From Humble Beginnings: The Gleasons and MYSTERY RANCH

D3, MYSTERY RANCH's co-owner Dana Gleason's son, picks up where Dana leaves off, not only in skill set but in conversation.

The Smokey Generation: A Wildland Fire Community

What does it feel like to jump out of a plane and fight a forest fire with only your tools and your wits about you?

Hunting Full Circle

It’s amazing how the pursuit of a specific activity can fully engulf our lives, whether that be backcountry skiing, ice climbing, or for me, hunting elk.

Kletterwerks by MYSTERY RANCH: 40 Years of Fortitude

Kletterwerks was founded in 1975 by Dana Gleason II, founder and owner of MYSTERY RANCH. Kletterwerks was Dana’s first endeavor designing and manufacturing backpacks. Today, because of the simplicity and durability of these authentic designs, the Kletterwerks brand resurrected and brought under the same roof as MYSTERY RANCH. Though these heritage designs retain their historic […]

Warriors and Quiet Waters

A guest post that is part of our Load Carrier Series featuring organizations we believe in and support

Montana Wilderness Association

A guest post that is part of our Load Carrier Series featuring organizations we believe in and support

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

A guest post that is part of our Load Carrier Series featuring organizations we believe in and support.

Completing the Circle

At Mystery Ranch, when we invest in something, we do it with longevity in mind. Whether it’s the importance of protecting and preserving wild places as harbors of healthy habitat, or the inherent fairness for access to our public lands – we feel it in our core. As hunters who are willing to earn an […]

Flight Monster Duffel: Behind the Scenes

We designed the Flight Monster to meet multiple needs: Flight Bag, Oversized Red Bag, Out-of-County Bag. The terms to some extent depend on the agency, but in the end this is a full-featured, high volume duffel bag. First, the bag had to work as a Hotshot type flight bag: big enough to fit fire gear, […]

How to Pack Out an Elk: The Definitive Guide

The adrenaline has hit you full force. Days, months or years of effort have finally paid off and you had your opportunity. That opportunity wasn’t about to slip by again and the arrow flew true. A short track job and a bull elk lay before you. The moment is bittersweet, the experience searing an eternal […]