About Us

HandCrafted // Seattle Made

In the spring of 2013, founder Dan sewed a tent and backpack and used them while thru-hiking the 2,665 mile Pacific Crest Trail. In the 101 days it took to hike from Mexico to Canada, the desire to create a rustic goods company was born. We started by first making bamboo trekking poles and have since added leather working and industrial sewing to our skillset. Now, our workshop sits in the heart of the always-funky Fremont neighborhood of Seattle and we’ve expanded to a team of five artists and crafters. 
Uphill Designs - Handcrafted stamped leather
Uphill Designs - sewing machine
Uphill Designs - antique brass hardware

Our profession is inspiring your passion. We’re obsessed with designing beautiful and functional adventure goods so if we haven’t created the perfect piece for your passion, tell us about it.

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The team

Uphill Designs founder Dan Sedlacek


Uphill Designs co-founder Mallory Monahan


Dan founded Uphill Designs after thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2013. During the 2,665 miles, he carried a tent and pack he had sewn himself. He was given the trail name Uphill for his love of steep climbs and breathtaking views. Dan now uses his M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Washington to create hiking equipment perfect for the trail. Outside of the workshop he also loves to climb cliffs all over Washington.

Mallory is the lead strategist and marketer at Uphill Designs. She joined the team after completing a Masters of Science in Bioengineering with a focus on Global Health Diagnostics from the University of Washington. She loves exploring the back-country of Glacier National Park and takes her camera wherever she goes. When she is not cutting and tanning leather or writing press releases she loves to teach yoga and make chocolate-centric desserts.

Dan Sedlacek with some intense floating actionMallory Monahan staking her claim
Oliver Marczynski headshot so professional


Creative guru Carolyn Wassmer


Sami Scheiner joyous


Much Ragknarr doge, wowwww


Oliver is the company intern. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in economics at the University of Washington. When not cutting fabric and making leather products, he enjoys biking, singing in the shower, and interpretive dance.

Carolyn is the digital marketing and design intern here at Uphill Designs. From shooting product photos, to designing stickers, she does it all. Carolyn attends Cornish College of the Arts, where she is pursuing a degree in graphic design. When she’s not pushing pixels around on her sticker covered laptop, she’s likely frolicking in the mountains or asking strangers if she can pet their dog.

Sami is Sami

Raggy Raggy

Oliver tipping his hatCarloyn flying highSami getting lostRagknarr pouncing so fierce