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How Alpine Hammock Overcame a Threatening Patent Dispute

wilderness ranger on the Appalachian Trail and spends his winters dog sledding in Vermont. That’s where he tests hammock prototypes. But Stolp has always wanted to be a product designer in the outdoor industry, and to run his own company. Besides Alpine, he’s co-founder of Deep South Mountaineering, which manufactures “innovative and eco-conscious [hiking] gear made in the USA,” according to its website. “I think freedom of schedule is incredibly under appreciated,” he says. “When starting a company I wanted to work on projects I care about, I don’t want to design junk – I want freedom of schedule...

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