Marmot is an outdoor clothing and sporting goods company founded in 1974 as Marmot Mountain Works. The company was founded in Grand Junction, Colorado by local resident Tom Boyce and by two University of California, Santa Cruz students, David Huntley and Eric Reynolds, who wished to make their own mountaineering equipment. Boyce had secured an order for the climbing apparel used to make the movieEiger Sanction starring Clint Eastwood. Huntley made the original prototype gear that Boyce was using on the Wolper Productions/ National Geographic documentary Journey to the Outer Limits, about the Colorado Outward Bound School. It was during this documentary production that cameraman Mike Hoover, who later worked on Eiger Sanction, saw the equipment that Boyce was using during the portion filmed in Peru. Just prior to Christmas 1973 Mike Hover called Boyce and placed the order that led to the formation of the company in Grand Junction.
In 1976, another meeting would change the future of Marmot when Reynolds met Joe Tanner of W. L. Gore & Associates. Within a couple weeks Marmot had sewn prototype sleeping bags using the then-new Gore-Texfabric for field testing. He and Dave proceeded to spend seven nights in a commercial frozen meat locker comparing bags with and without the Gore-Tex fabric as well as testing the bags under fire sprinklers. They liked what they saw and immediately changed everything in the line to Gore-Tex fabrications.
Today Marmot is globally distributed and part of the Jarden Corporation. Now based in Rohnert Park, CA, Marmot celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2014.