Deuter Backpacks (pronounced doy'ter) is one of the oldest and most respected backpack makers around. The company was founded in 1898 by Hans Deuter, making strong, durable mail bags and post sacks for the Bavarian Royal Mail. When climbers started using the mail bags as climbing packs, Hans knew it was time to do some real backpack designing. The company expanded - manufacturing backpacks, suitcases, tents, and track canopies. In 1938 Anderl Heckmair made the first acents of the North Face of Eiger - wearing a Deuter Backpack - with teamates Ludwig Vorg, Fritz Kasparek, and Heinrich Harrer. And the rest is history!