Introducing Mystery Ranch

At the beginning of 2017, Mountain Crossings brought in a “new” pack brand called Mystery Ranch. We put quotations around the word new because they are neither new to the pack making game nor newly on the market. Mystery Ranch packs are the brain child of famed pack builders Dana Gleason and Renee Sippel-Baker, creators of Dana Design packs. If this sounds familiar, it’s because Dana Design’s packs were the hottest packs on the market in the 1990’s! These quality made packs were the first to carry heavy loads comfortably. They were the pack to have at the time and even today you will hear folks talk lovingly of their old Dana Design packs. In fact, we still see a few of them pass through the shop every now and then! How’s that for long lasting quality.

Mystery Ranch pack vs. Dana Design pack

Mystery Ranch was born in 2000. This was only 5 years after Dana Gleason and Renee Sippel-Baker sold Dana Designs, with thoughts of retirement, to a corporation. But as it always seems to go with ambitious, outdoorsmen and women, they missed being in the pack game and jumped on the opportunity to build something new. Mystery Ranch packs and products soon caught the eye of Navy SEALS, who swayed Mystery Ranch into doing direct sales to only US Military and Special Force. This gave Mystery Ranch a unique clientele who used and abused their packs to their fullest extent and then return to the company with great insight to make an even better pack.  As time went on, Mystery Ranch soon began to sell to firefighter crews too, their packs being a favorite of hot shot crews on wild land fire fighting teams.

With a basis in rugged and extreme use, Mystery Ranch just recently has come back around to offering their packs to the civilian population via direct to customer sales and through select retailers, Mountain Crossings being one. We carry their “Mountain” line of packs for backpacking and several of their “Everyday” packs and bags. We understand that not all backpackers are ready for or even interested in going ultralight. Bringing in Mystery Ranch products rounds out our pack selection nicely by offering customers a heavier duty, more built out pack with all the bells and whistles. Just like the other pack brands we carry, Mystery Ranch makes packs that are up to our standards as backpackers ourselves.

Check out this impressive line up below. It is but a simply of what we currently have in store at Mountain Crossings. For greater detail on these packs and to check on our inventory status, call the shop at 706-745-6095 or email us at Come in and check out these awesome packs for yourself!


Stein 62

Liters: 62
Weight: 4.7 lbs
Price: $299.00
Use: Long Distance Backpacking


Liters: 32
Weight: 3.1 lbs
Use: Weekend Backpacking, Day Hiking, Climbing


Liters: 22
Weight: 2.3 lbs
Price: $125.00
Use: Day Hiking, Climbing


Liters: 16
Weight: 2.6 lbs
Price: $149.00
Use: Day Hiking, Everyday Carry



Liters: 7
Weight: .8 lbs
Price: $55.00
Use: Short Day Hike, Everyday Carry


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