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Why an Ultralight Backpacking Table?

Regardless where you backpack, anything you set on the ground in your campsite is likely to get wet, dirty, muddy, dusty, or sticky with pine needles. It's particularly rare in the Pacific Northwest to find a campsite with a flat rock, and setting your stove or coffee mug on a log is an invitation for disaster. Other backpacking tables on the market weigh a minimum of 12 ounces, too heavy for most people to justify carrying in their pack. Jim bought one of those tables but it never made the "final cut" when other comfort items like a book and camp chair made reducing pack weight a priority. After waiting 20 years for a lightweight table option, Jim tested multiple materials and designs and made 20+ prototypes before finally being satisfied with the backpacking table you see on these pages. Friends and family encouraged Jim to make the table available to others in the backpacking community, and Cascade Wild was born.


Made in Oregon, the USA

Each folding table blank is cut out with a die to Cascade Wild specifications by a U.S. plastics supplier. Then we use a jig and heat gun to set the folds, a snap press to install the attachment snaps, and a Cascade Wild label and instruction sheet are added to complete the table. Nothing is mass-produced overseas here - every table is finished by hand in western Oregon, and every dollar of revenue goes to support the local, state, and USA economies.

Our Team

  • Jim Hamel

    Founder, Customer Service, Order Fulfillment

    Jim has been backpacking in the wilderness in the Washington and Oregon Cascades since the late 1970's (thus the name "Cascade Wild") and he retired in 2010 from a career in business. As he has gotten older, reducing pack weight on the trail has grown increasingly important and Cascade Wild reflects a desire to share that passion with the backpacking community.

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  • Jenny Wadkins

    Website Management and Design, Social Media, Marketing

    Jenny is an experienced entrepeneur, who brings her past experience with manufacturing and marketing a niche product to a worldwide customer base.

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  • Dave Wadkins


    Dave is the last line of technical defense, and keeps the inner workings of the website running smoothly behind the curtain.

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  • Joy Hamel


    Joy works hard to assist in the day-to-day operations of completing and filling orders.