I began rock climbing in 1974 and did a lot of that, eventually working for Black Diamond as a product designer of technical sewn products (harnesses, harnesses, harnesses, plus packs, gaiters, webbing products, etc.). We moved the whole company to Salt Lake City in 1991, and a few years later I discovered the DESERT.
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Canyoneering USA CUSA started as a website for canyoneering beta called “Tom’s Utah Canyoneering Guide." I’d go out in the desert, do a canyon (often from Steve Allen’s book), make a map, write it up with pictures and post it. From today’s perspective, that seems really naïve – and some of those write-ups are still on this site!
Somewhere between one-man operation and multi-national corporation, CUSA has a human resource structure that shuns easy description. Though nailing down our staffing plan may be difficult, we undeniably enjoy some incredibly talented and enjoyable help.
Canyoneers occasionally drop us notes and letters letting us know how our products are working Out There. Whether you write with critique, praise, or tales of gripping adventure, we love reading what you have to say. And since nobody speaks as frankly about CUSA goods and services than our clients, we'd like to share a few endorsements that suggest we might just be doing some good in this world.