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Bergans has a natural place in Norway’s history.


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Carrying in Norway

From the beginning of time man has carried loads strapped across his back. From early Stone Age hunters returning from a successful hunt, to high mountain farmers tending their flocks, to polar explorers and mountaineers, there has always been a need: to carry People down the ages, on all continents and of all races, have developed their own carry systems. Many appear to be unique to that society, such as the pack frame of the North American Indian. Also, along the fjords and in the isolated valleys of Norway we find similar, and equally ancient, carry systems. The people of Smoldalen carried their heavy loads through the wilderness, to take their goods to market. Early man crossed the ragged mountain passes of the Jotunheimen – home of the Trolls, to trade and to explore. Rather like the heroes of Jack London’s Alaska explorations. Chilcoot Pass has no steeper gradient than those Norwegian farmers had to climb to reach the high mountain pastures. Ole F. Bergan combined the traditional wood frame, or “neverkonten,” a rucksack made of birch bark, together with the soft material of the “Grouse sack”. Bergans Meis og Ryggsekk developed from a culture where people carried heavy loads over difficult terrain – where the founder experimented and developed new materials and new designs – he was the right man, in the right place, at the right time.


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The Bergans logo is based on Ole F. Bergan’s own signature. The logo has developed through the century, and has only undergone minimum modifications.

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The Norwegian painter, Knud Bergslien (b. 1827 d. 1908), painted the famous picture Birkebeinerne, depicting two loyal soldiers carrying the young prince, Hakon Hakonsson, to safety in 1206. In 1945 Bergans paid N.Kr. 5.000.- for the rights to use the theme. The name “Birkebeiner� is a registered Bergans brand name. The painting was used as a brand image for a period of 50 years, and was re-designed as the vignette used on Bergans products today.

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Ole F. Bergan

Sverre Young

The inventor of Bergans Meis

Managing Director of A/S Bergans Meis og Rygsæk

Patent No. 20547 – The start of a Norwegian industrial adventure Ole F. Bergan (b. 1876 - d. 1956) produced many inventions during his career and patented a total of 45. Including; the first step in/step out ski bindings, an electrical whaling harpoon, a log sled with brakes and a valveless combustion engine. Above all, there was one invention which made his name famous worldwide: the rucksack with a frame. The idea was conceived during a hunting trip at Skrimfjellet in 1908. Here Ole bent a juniper branch, and shaped it to the back to give a comfortable fit, and to provide support for his soft sack. From this “prototype” he developed the frame and replaced the branch with light tubular steel and straps. The basic idea was that the sack should be shaped according to the persons form and height, and that it should sit snugly to the body, whilst supporting the sack frame. This concept is mirrored in every modern anatomical rucksack produced today. A person who realised the value in the Bergans Meis patent was Christiania wholesaler Sverre Young. He worked together with Ole, and after a couple of years he bought the patent for N.Kr. 1.500.- Soon afterwards Young sold a considerable consignment of rucksacks to the Czechoslavakien army. Even though he owned the patent, he made the journey to Tønsberg to share the profits with the inventor. Ole F. Bergan thanked him, but refused, saying: “A deal is a deal”. Sverre Young himself was an active product developer; castor’s, launched in 1934, were his most famous invention. He was forward thinking, and was probably the first in the rucksack industry to engage his own product designer. Sverre Young enjoyed great success in several fields, and Youngstorvet in the capital city was named after his family. During the 25 years the patent lasted Bergans Meis was the premise provider for rucksacks on a global basis. Bergans in the English language came to mean: rucksack. Once the patent ran out most manufacturers used the same construction for their rucksacks. Bergan’s history is the story about a concept which has set an international standard for rucksack design and development throughout the last century.

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Ole F. Bergan with his frame made from the juniper branch.

A patent that became a name, a brand name and a concept the world over.

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Standard wood frame; used over hundreds of years, and replaced by the Bergan’s tubular steel frame.

Ole F. Bergan’s back frame was a tubular steel frame which protected the back against the contents of the sack and increased carrying comfort. This was an improvement on various frames of wood and birch bark which had previously been used. What was new was an integrated unit of sack, straps and frame. The frame consisted of tubular steel rods which were bent in the shape of an old-fashioned keyhole with legs spread at an angle. A bow was welded onto the legs which reached around the side of the body over the hips. The bow functioned partly as a shelf on which the sack rested and partly as a frame around the hips from behind. The sack was fastened on the top of this frame and to the hip bow with leather straps.

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Revolutionary rucksacks

1930

Compression at the side.

The principles of technology from 1930 are not so different from the present. Many of the original concepts, developed by Bergans are to be found in today’s modern anatomical rucksacks.

Two “take-off” points for opposite personal adjustment of shoulder strap. 8

Width adjustment of the shoulder straps. Top tension straps – to allow for a personalised curve of the shoulder straps.


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2006 THE QSS CARRY SYSTEM HAS SET A STANDARD FOR THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED RUCKSACKS. Patented width adjustment buckles allows for separate width adjustment of the left and of the right shoulder strap. The height and angle of the shoulder straps can also be easily adjusted. Both these features allow for individual adjustment, enhanced stability, and greater comfort. Transfer of weight is directed through the patented shock absorbers. These shock absorbers reduce pressure, especially on the spine and on the knees when carrying heavy loads. The load “feels” lighter! Three compression straps on each side allow for easy reduction of volume when full capacity is not required. This feature moves the centre of gravity towards the back, so increasing stability. The conical shaped hip belt has small, continuous air-filled cylinders that make the hip belt stiff in the direction of load, which in turn allows for even weight distribution over the whole of the hip region. Function is enhanced by comfortable and supportive (long lasting) foam. The whole back region has a air-flow system to reduce sweating. The QSS system incorporates several constructions which are protected by patent. Tomorrow’s rucksack design – today.

This theme was used in Bergan’s marketing for several dekades – and became a national advertising icon. The man with the pipe is Ole F. Bergan himself, and was drawn by his brother. The marketing idea was that the man with a Bergans’ frame ski-ied easily to the highest mountain top, and even had time to smoke a pipe before the next man reached him. The man with the old grouse sack, which rubbed his back, and was uncomfortable, arrived sweating and worn out. Grumpy too! One was left to visualise the difference between carrying a sack without a frame, and one with one! Yes: having the right sack affected performance, comfort, and pleasure.

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Ole F. Bergans´ first rucksack in leather.

1934

Rucksack with advanced castor system, providing stability.

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1920

Pear-shaped trekking rucksack. Worlds first lady rucksack 6 separate models.

1950

Falketind with steel frame. The new cornet shape became a huge success.


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Telemark rucksack with aluminium frame.

Compact Line series with aluminium frame. The sack could be detached from the frame and used as an anatomical sack.

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1992

Arctic anatomical sack.

Finnmark sack with aluminium frame. 11


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International awards and tests Bergans has been awarded much distinction and honour over the years. When the patent of the invention of the frame expired 25 years after registration, Bergans was copied all over the world. In many countries (including the US, the Netherlands and China) Bergans was synonymous with the word rucksack.You can find the word Bergans in Webster’s Dictionary to mean: rucksack. The US had problems with accepting the brand name Bergans because it was not allowed to use the name of a utility article as an exclusive brand name, i.e. Bergans = Rucksack. Over the years, Bergans has won numerous magazine and consumer body tests at home and abroad. In 2002, 8 Bergans sacks and the Breheimen jacket were test winners – and in 2006 the QSS won the prestigious Silver Ourtdoor Industry Award. 13


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1994

QSS Alpinist with shock absorbers and air-filled cylinder hip belt.

Trollhetta with front opening.

2004

Power Frame: The solid pack frame. 14

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2002

Helium. An extremely light sack.

2006

QSS Alpinist with shock absorbers and air-filled/revolvable hip belt.


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Defence/Special Forces

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2005

Bergans has manufactured products to meet demanding and varied military requirements. Including special products intended for transport of specialised materials, to splintproof vests and combat vests. The most utilized were the army rucksacks, used in the First and the Second World War, both in Europe and Indochina. The model Falketind, which was manufactured in 1950, has been the standard model for Norwegian Defence right up to the present. Since 2000 Bergans has delivered military equipment to special forces in Asia, Europe and the US. 15


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Children carrying frames

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In the middle of the 1930s a few carrying frames were made for children where the child sat on a chair welded to the traditional Bergans frame. The child sat with its legs in front and the centre of gravity was far from the carrier’s back. In the 1950s the child sat with its back to the carrier, the centre of gravity was therefore closer to the carrier’s back. It was only in the 1970s that a ”riding saddle” was made. It was launched in 1973 and justifiably became popular with child and parent alike. Now the child could look and follow the direction the parent was walking, making contact between them easier, more fun, and trips with children were given a new dimension. 16


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School rucksacks

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School rucksack Mini with adjustable frame.

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1990

Leather rucksack with frame.

1997

XO School rucksack. First anatomically ”correct” school rucksack.

2002

XO School rucksack. Functional design

2007

XO School rucksack. and fashion.

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1968 1986

Disaster: Bergans hit by two large fires. Bergans was hit by fire in 1968, but the most serious fire was in June of 1986, when the factory burnt down to the ground. Only a few blackened concrete beams were left. Goods and semi-manufactured goods to the value of NOK 20 million were lost – including the patterns for all production. Bergans had to go to sports stores to buy back their own products, so they could take them apart and draw the lost patterns. All the stocks for the season ´86 - ´87 were burnt, allowing competitors to take over Bergans share of the market. Bergans was under insured, in a hopeless financial situation, and it was difficult to win back market share. But with hard work the factory was quickly rebuilt, and a year later production started in to one of Norway’s most modern textile factories. However, with market share gone, and international brands entering the market, it was not possible to achieve a profitable operation, and the factory in Nord-Odal had to close in 1990. 18


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Bergans 1908 - 2008 World history is full of ideas which appear to be so simple that it is with wonderment one realises that a simple thought can be creative and innovative. The inventor’s ability to seek creative solutions and the will to create something new is a constant motivation for further development. As an active outdoor man and hunter, Ole F. Bergan had experienced that the rucksacks of the day were uncomfortable when one had to carry heavy loads. He developed the idea of “wearing” the sack, where the frame was an integrated part of the sack, and anatomically compatible with the body. Compact, stable and comfortable – all leading to provide a pleasant carrying experience. This simple idea developed to solutions that were ground-breaking, and set the standard for present modern sacks.

“None of my inventions came by accident - they came by hard work” Thomas Edison Behind any viable creation lies a need and a function. The Bergans sack attracted great attention so that it quickly became a natural choice for hunting trips, expeditions and military forces both at home and abroad. Bergans became a referance brand name: indicating functional products of high quality. Bergans produced special designed rucksacks for ladies, 6 different models already in 1920.

“If you do not decide to take the next step, you will stand on one leg all your life” Chinese proverb Bergans was based on innovation, something that has characterised its history throughout the century. An abundant and quality-oriented product range is proof that Bergans never had any plans to stand on one leg. Yes, Bergans may mean rucksack, but the company produced much more, including: knives, skis, tents, sleeping bags, canoes, ski bindings, ski boots and clothes for the outdoors – summer and winter – at home and abroad. Many of these products are still produced today – being continously developed and improved. Bergans, during its first century, became a small part of Norway’s cultural heritage. One remembers ones first ski trip in the mountains with a rucksack and the red anorak, of carving a wooden whistle with your first Scout knife, or that special summer holiday in tents with the family. There is every probability that Bergans through its products was also there for some of these experiences. In 2008 Bergans is one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the development of advanced outdoor equipment and functional clothing. The co-operation with the ordinary hiker and extreme user plays an important part in the development of Bergans products. We see the importance of taking outdoor people seriously – and we hope our products will contribute to your enjoyment, and safety, in the outdoors in our second century. As early as the times of the Tsar in Russia, advertisements for “berganski rantsev” could be seen.

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Development of clothing

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Fjellkutte. First clothing product.

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Sets the standard for mountain anoraks in 100% cotton.

1980

Clothing in Loden.


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Microfibre jacket.

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Oilskin jacket.

Mountain anorak: a combination of 100% cotton for wind resistance and breathability, with Cordura for waterresistant characteristics, and durability. 21


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Development of clothing

1996

Launches Dermizax™ on the Norwegian market. Multi Purpose mountain jacket – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Uni-sex models. 22

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1997

Skogshorn, the alternative for hunters.

Telemark, alpine suit.


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Launch of separate ladies’ models. Breheimen/Breheimen Lady.

2003

Snowdrift/Snowdrift Lady. Combines “fashion” and function.

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Development of clothing

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2005

Anatomic LV

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Isogaisa Lady

Isogaisa


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2006

2006

Stryn Lady

Rauland

Rauland Lady

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Development of clothing

2007

The Oslo series – Classic waterproof jackets/Trench Coats/coats for “town wear”.

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2008

Collection Winter 2008-2009.

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Sleeping bags

2006

1960

Bergans have designed, and produced sleeping bags as far back as 1960. The original choice of materials was Elaston for the filling, and cotton for the outer fabric. Blanket bags were produced for family camping, as well as inflatable mattresses. As people wanted lighter and smaller bags the choice of materials changed – down was the insulating material and nylon the outer fabric of choice. After the millennium, new technology makes it possible to weld all the seams in the bag so that it is as good as watertight. Syntetic materials became lighter, warmer, and dried quicker than traditional down – leading to a wide range of specialised sleeping bags to meet virtually every requirement. Today Bergans delivers a broad range - from lightweight summer bags weighing 0.5 kg to bags which are intended for use in Arctic regions. Rune Gjeldnes used a Bergans bag when he crossed the Antarctic without support in 2000. Tormod Granheim used Bergans before he skied down Everest – in fact, Bergans sleeping bags are found on all the worlds’ continents meeting all conditions from desert to arctic. 28


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Tents

2006

1980

1973 Bergans tent production started in a factory in Odalen in 1973. At first there was a pyramid shape, then there were tunnel tents in one and two-layer versions as well as a tent with a self-supporting construction. The one-layer variant was originally made in Gore-Tex, but was later changed to Dermizax™. New qualities such as nylon rip-stop in silicone elastomer have made it possible to make light expedition and hiking tents. The latest model from Bergans combines the lavvo and the tunnel tent = Wiglo™.

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Ally canoes

The first canoes had a round bottom design.

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Production was started early in the 1970s based on a patent which allowed tensioning of a framework inside a reinforced fabric without the use of tools. At first, the canoe had a round bottom shape, but evolved to a pear shape and came in several models. Some were meant for quick manoeuvring on rivers while others had excellent direction stability and moved quickly through the water. The size varied from solo canoes to family canoes with room for four people. The canoes have been used on expeditions to all corners of the world. Most of the larger rivers in Canada, Alaska and Scandinavia have been paddled with Ally canoes.


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Product history – knives and axes

Bergans knife production started in 1931 with sheath knives, followed by the popular model Sliring. This had a protruding tip on the handle which could be used to clean/scrape the edge of skis. The knife was different from existing whittling/sheath knives having a thinner blade and was made of stainless steel. Bergans offered knives in different sizes and models from small Scout knives to large hunting knives. In the beginning production of the knife steel was done by Kongsberg VĂĽpenfabrikk, but later small specialised producers of steel produced the blades. Bergans has produced over 300 knife models.

Bergans Centenary Model. VG10 is in stainless steel with a hardness of 59HCR, but which is easy to grind and keep the edge honed sharp for long periods.

Bergans produced several different axes to take on trips.

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Product history

1930

Bergans Micro-tightener was developed in the 1930s.

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Arnfinn Bergmann (born 14 October 1928 in Trondheim) won the Olympic gold medal for ski jumping in Oslo in 1952 with over 100 000 people present at Holmenkollen. 1952 was a noteworthy season for Bergmann, who that year won all the cross-country runs he entered. He had his international breakthrough in 1950, where he received a bronze medal in the World Championships at Lake Placid. Arnfinn Bergmann was an active user of the Bergans Micro-tightener.

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1975

thomas wassberg

Bergans symmetrical binding – the right and left ski were independent of the binding.

1984

Bergans bindings from slalom and jump to cross-country Bergans Micro-tightener was developed in the 1930s and was the first choice for adjustment of jump, slalom and downhill bindings. Bergans Micro-tightener was in use after the war and up to the 1970s. In 1975, Bergans was the first in the world to produce a symmetrical cross-country binding in synthetic materials. The problem of right and left skis was then avoided. The binding came first as a tour binding in the 75 mm tour standard, then developed to a 35 mm binding. With this, two new aspects were introduced. One was that the binding gripped the boot like a claw, pulled it into the binding and locked it. The other was that cross-country boots were designed for bindings and not the other way round. Well-known skiers such as Thomas Wassberg, the Mikkelsplass brothers, Ivar Formo as well as the Swedish Ladies’ National Team used the binding. Bergans skis in honeycomb were an innovative ski construction which was based on aircraft wing technology. The skis were extremely light and could be made with different flexibility. Both tour and competition skis were produced. A modell called Torpedo was not a great success for Bergans, but was the forerunner of the present shortcut-ski.

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Bergans has launched many innovative products, but a new development which was a decided flop was “Fishot”! Instead of using a fishing rod the hook would be shot out via a slingshot with a reel mounted on it. There were divided opinions among sports fishermen! Many were of the opinion that the feeling of sports fishing disappeared without casting with a rod. In addition, the slingshot was produced in plastic that was so weak that it broke and the elastic sprang back into the fisherman’s face! Very few products were sold on the market, but Fishot was given a broad write-up!

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QSS - SYSTEMET ÄR BÄST I TESTER FÖR TUNGA BÖRDOR Utemagasinet nr. 4/99 och nr. 2/99. Jakt & Fiske nr. 1/99 och 2/99.

Q S S H Ö F T B Ä LT E T Ä R VÄ R L D E N S M E S T A VA N S E R A D E Q S S H A R S T Ö T D Ä M PA R E S O M B E S K Y D D A R R YG G O C H K N Ä N ALPINIST, VIKING OCH POWERFRAME ÄR UTRUSTADE MED QSS-SYSTEMET

Vid stötdämpningspanelens toppunkt ligger stabiliseringsremmarna. Dessa remmar har flytande fästpunkter från säcken till skulderpartiet. Stabiliseringsremmarna är fästade på förstärkningar som ger sidostabilitet också i säckens överkant.

Överföringen av vikten går genom stötdämpare. Stötdämparna reducerar belastningen speciellt på ryggraden och knän vid tunga bördor. Dessa stötdämpare gör att den anatomiska «ramen» också får en flexibilitet så att kroppens rörelser i höfter, rygg och skuldror inte hämmas eller låses av säckens konstruksjon. Samtidigt ger de en kontrollerad/begränsad flexibilitet. Detta förhindrar ostabilitet i säcken under hög aktivitet.

Karbonstavarna gör at vikten ligger så nära ryggen som möjligt, man bär därför på rätt sätt och förhindrar obalans. Som tillägg ger detta en optimal överföring av vikten från säcken till hela bärsystemet. Höftbältet är konisk format, uppbyggt med ett mjukt skum mot höftpartiet för bästa komfort, och sammanhängande, små koniska luftfyllda cylindrar som gör höftbältet extra styvt i belastningsriktningen. Detta möjliggör en jämnare viktfördelning över hela höftpartiet.

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1994 Powerframe Den nya banbrytande ramsäcksgenerationen. Tillverkad i kraftig, slitstark polyseterduk. Färg: Mörkgrön. Extrautrustning: Tunnare höger/vänster skulderrem för jakt.

Alpinist / Viking Alpinist och Viking levereras i två olika storlekar, antingen 110 ltr. eller 130 ltr. Viking är identisk med Alpinist men har kortare rygg och kortare och smalare skulderremmar. Färger: Tvåfärgad grön och svart/röd.

www.bergans.no General Agent: Sune Carlsson, Tlf. 030315551

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DENNE DENNE JAKKEN JAKKEN HAR HAR DE DE RIKTIGE RIKTIGE FUNKSJONENE... FUNKSJONENE...

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BERGANS ON EXPEDITIONS

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lincoln ellsworth

Roald Amundsen (b. 1872 d. 1928). Norwegian Arctic explorer. Was inspired by Fridtjof Nansen’s crossing of Greenland in 1888 and decided to devote his life to expeditions. He became famous for having found the Northwest Passage, and for having led the first expedition which reached the South Pole.

roald amundsen

Lincoln Ellsworth (b. 1880 d.1951). Ellsworth’s father, James, financed Roald Amundsen’s expedition to the North Pole in 1925 with the airships «N–24» and «N–25» and later financed the airship “Norge” in 1926. The condition for his patronage was that his son could participate. Together with Amundsen, Ellsworth and the crew on board the airship «Norge» have been given the credit for having been the first to discover the North Pole from the air. Robert F. Scott (b. 1868 d. 1912). His expedition reached the South Pole one month after Amundsen. Severe cold, bad weather, limited rations and illness broke the expedition on the return journey. He used Bergans rucksacks. Ernest Henry Shackleton (b. 1874 d. 1922), British Arctic explorer. Leader for the 1914 to 1916 Antarctic expedition, where the expedition ship «Endurance» was crushed by ice in the Antarctic. One of the great heroic expeditions of our time.

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Bergan Castle This castle-formed nunantak (mountain that rises up through a glacier) is located in the Antarctic and stretches 1590 metres above sea level. Bergan Castle is named after the inventor Ole F. Bergan for his contribution to the polar research and expeditions in the area. The nunantak was given its name in 1971 by UK-APC (Antarctic Place Name Committee). Mt. Everest Sir Edmund Hillary (b. 1919 d. 2008). In 1953 he participated in a British expedition, led by John Hunt, to Mount Everest in the Himalayas, the world’s highest mountains (8848 metres above sea level). Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, a Bhoti-Sherpa, were the first to reach the top on 29. mai 1953. Bergans frames were used during the expedition to carry oxygen bottles. Tormod Granheim used Bergans products when he climbed and skied down the N. Face in 2006. Arctic Ocean 2000 / The Longest March Rune Gjeldnes (b. 1972). In 2006 he was the first and only person in the world to cross the three largest sheets of ice on the planet, without replenishment of supplies. Together with Torry Larsen he crossed Greenland lengthwise in 1996. In 2000 they crossed the Arctic Ocean, from Siberia via the North Pole to Canada. In 2006 he went on his own - 4804 km on skis over the Antarctic! Again: unsupported. The Three Poles Cecilie Skog (b. 1975) is the only woman to have reached the Three Poles – the North Pole, the South Pole and Mount Everest, and the top of the highest mountain on each continent - “Seven Summits”. She is also one of but two women in who have skiied from the mainland to the North Pole. 39


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Bergans in reality Bergans has had great success with the sponsoring of the reality programme 71º N, which is shown on TV Norge and several other TV stations in Europe. 71º N is a challenging journey from Lindesnes in the south to Nordkapp in the North putting both participants and equipment through the hardest of tests. Bergans’ wish to support concepts that inspire people to reach new goals, has made 71ºN a natural partner. The goal is to enhance the values in an active life-style. Bergans products used include clothing, rucksacks, sleeping bags, tents and canoes. The 10th season of 71º N will be broadcast in autumn 2008, and become the reality series in the world that has had the longest run.


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Bergans shows the way Bergans and the Norwegian Trekking Association has a common objective: “To contribute to safety and enjoyment in the outdoors.” This joint goal is the foundation for our close and constructive co-operation. Correct clothing is a prerequisite for safety and comfort under challenging weather conditions – summer and winter. Bergans receives important feedback from DNT and its members. All contributing to help create the best possible equipment for active outdoor use. "Through the Trekking Association’s work to protect natural areas, we give future generations the same unique possibilities we have in Norway today. Bergans supports DNT’s offer to families with children; Childrens’ Trekking Club. Children who have a close relationship with an open-air life, as a rule continue with it as adults. This contributes to Norwegian outdoor traditions and the wish to protect our unique nature."

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A journey of a thousand miles starts with a step. Chinese proverb.

It is said that everything will be forgotten in a hundred years. But we at Bergans do not forget. We know where we have come from – and we know where we are going. There are always boundaries to be moved, new challenges to be met. And behind Bergans is a staff of competent colleagues who are doing their best so that our products will deliver what they promise! Our objective is always in the distance. Each success is a partial objective on the road to new challenges. What is a hundred years? A good beginning...

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