WHY AN ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING TABLE?
Cascade Wild was born in the rainy Pacific Northwest where anything you set on the ground is likely to get wet, dirty, muddy, dusty with volcanic ash, or sticky with fir or pine needles. It's rare in the Northwest to find a campsite with a flat rock, and setting your stove or coffee mug on a log is an invitation for disaster. Jim Hamel bought several backpacking tables over the years that never made it out on the trail due to excessive weight. An engineering acquaintance suggested trying corrugated plastic, and Jim made almost 20 prototypes before settling on the design you see on these pages. Friends and family encouraged Jim to make the table available to other backpackers and Cascade Wild was born.
ASSEMBLED BY HAND IN OREGON, THE USA
Cascade Wild tables are made in western Oregon. We order corrugated plastic from a local plastics supplier, then the table blanks are cut out by a local die cutter. From there the table blanks go to a non-profit organization which assembles each table: putting in the folds with a jig supplied by Cascade Wild, installing the side snaps, and attaching the reflective tape and hook-and-loop dots. Nothing is mass-produced overseas, and every dollar of revenue goes to support the local, state, and USA economies. We are proud to work with our non-profit organization (Oregon State Hospital), which provides market-wage jobs to mentally challenged individuals who are learning work and life skills they can apply to become functioning members of society.
Jim and joy Hamel
Cascade Wild is a small family business started by Jim and Joy Hamel after Jim retired from a career in commercial finance. We have purposely kept the business small to pursue our primary occupation (“retired”) and spend time with our family and grandchildren. Although Jim has slowed down with age he still gets out on the trail multiple times per year, and we both enjoy RV camping in the great Pacific Northwest. We are grateful that Cascade Wild has allowed us to interact with customers and create relationships with retailers around the world and we have now shipped tables to all 50 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 38 other countries. We love to hear from customers and we will do absolutely anything to make sure every Cascade Wild customer is 100% satisfied. Thank you so much for your business!