About Us

Ultralight Outdoor Gear was founded by Mark Richardson in 2006. Mark is a serial backpacker and wanted to bring the lightest and best backpacking products under one roof, we think he succeeded!


Most of our team share Mark’s passion for the outdoors and get involved in product testing just doing what they love, let me introduce you to a few of them:



Owner and CEO


Best Trek: John Muir Trail (probably)

Ambition: The Munros

Loves: Dogs, Australia and Science Fiction




Chief Operating Officer


Loves: Hiking, Biking, Red Wine, Smelly Cheese and Sunsets 

Favourite Places: Cairngorms, Northumberland beaches, Durham Dales and France

Biggest Adventure: Rescued by Helicopter Winchman in Mallorca




Core Operations Manager


Favourite Movie: Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

Loves: Pepperoni Pizza

Biggest Adventure: Road Trip from San Diego to San Francisco




Purchasing Manager


Favourite Places to Visit: Lake District, Turkey, Spain and USA.

Loves: Hiking, Running, My Cocker Spaniels, Food and Music.

Ambitions: Run a Marathon and to Visit Japan and Patagonia.




Customer Service Team Leader


Favourite Activities: Trail Running, Hiking and CrossFit
Passion For: Tinned Fish
Ambition: To Complete the Bob Graham Round




Customer Service Advisor


Loves: Family, Red Wine, Rock Music & Festivals

Favourite Adventures: Roadtrippin' in Iceland, Backpacking around New Zealand and Gambling in Las Vegas

Favourite Season: Winter




Customer Service Advisor


Loves: Bouldering, Coffee and Cake
Favourite Activities: Bouldering, Yoga, Scrambling and Paddleboarding
Favourite Places: Lake District, North York Moors and Fontainebleau




Customer Service Advisor


Loves: Family always top of the list... closely followed by Pilates & Yoga, good Food, a good Book and a good Night's Sleep. 

Favourite Adventure: Riding the Porcupine Rim Trail in Moab, Utah 

Favourite Season: Any season when the sky is blue




Customer Service Advisor


Favourite Activities: Biking, Board Games and Live Music/Comedy

Couldn’t Live Without: Cheese, Chocolate, Ice Cream and a Good Nights Sleep

Favourite Places to Visit: Wales, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales




Web Team Leader


Favourite Activities: Hiking, Climbing, Snowboarding, CrossFit and Mountain Biking   

Loves: All dogs, especially mine, he's the best!

Couldn't Live Without: Dogs, Pizza and Beer




Content Creator


Favourite Movies: The Wicker Man and Withnail and I

Ambitions: The Cape Wrath Trail & The Pennine Way

Loves: Hiking, Camping, Dungeons & Dragons and The Beatles




Graphic Designer


Loves: Baking, Basketball and Films

Couldn’t Live Without: Music, Coffee and Chocolate

Favourite Food: Pizza




Assistant Buyer


Couldn't Live Without: Music
Favourite Food: Curry
Favourite Activities: Running and Football




Warehouse Team Leader


Loves: My Pugs, Cherry Coke and The Arsenal

Favourite Food: Chicken Nuggets



Order Processor




Order Processor


Loves: My Family and My Dog

Favourite Activities: Hiking and Gaming

Favourite Takeaway: Chinese


We’re located in the North East of England on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, half and hour from the Yorkshire Dales and ninety minutes from the Lake District. We have hills, mountains, moors and sea-cliffs on our doorstep and the weather to enjoy it!

Have you heard of the TGO Challenge? A two week trek across Scotland carrying all your gear and camping in beautiful wild places? Not surprisingly we are the key sponsor for the event and a fair few of our customers participate. Check it out here: TGO Challenge

Charitable Support

We want to spread the love too, so we have our own charities which we support, giving on a monthly basis, the focus is on helping people and helping the environment:


 European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, Unicef, Rainforest Trust, Oceana, Help for Heroes, Gift Your Gear, Against Malaria Foundation, The Lake District Search and Mountain Rescue Association and WaterAid.


We wanted to offer some of the great kit from our brands that wasn’t necessarily 'ultralight' so we started our partner website BasecampGear. There’s some crossover with what we sell there, but you'll find gear that's for Car Camping, Bikepacking, Running, Travel, Van Life, and other Outdoor Exploits.