Mountain Method Ltd is a small family business owned and run by Fiona Butcher. Here in rain-ravaged Cumbria, we have access to a vast range of wet weather in all its forms, from famous Lake District mizzle, to proper stair rods. We know a lot about rain, wind and snow – our waterproofs are worn and tested in real weather!
As with most waterproof clothing manufacturers, our origins go back to a time when you could not buy the kit you needed to keep dry and warm in the outdoors. In the early 1970’s a small company was born called Tulloch Mountain Craft, based in the Highlands of Scotland, making waterproofs and pile jackets (the pre-cursor to the fleece of today).
The company folded in the mid-seventies, and in 1981 the founder, David Challis, set up another company in the Lake District, called Mountain Method , which became registered in 1986.
In the early eighties, the company was run from home in the garage; the hot air seam sealing machine had not been invented, and the seams were sealed with Evostick, painted on with a brush!
Fortunately, the taping machine was invented, enabling glue to be heated on a tape and stuck to the seams, sealing them evenly and the waterproofing process became far easier, and a lot more waterproof from then on!
Not so much later the breathable membrane was invented, revolutionising the waterproof garment – they actually became pleasant to wear! – and bringing with it the birth of very advanced fabric technology.