In 1983 Roland Tyson, a keen climber and adventurer, began making his own gear on an antique sewing machine in his bedroom. In 1990, Australian mountaineer Tim Macartney-Snape approached Mr Tyson to make some gear for his upcoming expedition – an audacious attempt to climb Mt Everest by beginning his ascent at sea level. The gear would need to work at every altitude over several months and be light and durable enough for the 5-month trek. The expedition was a success and so was the gear and the Sea to Summit brand was born. In 2022, Mr Tyson sold a majority share in his company to private equity plater Five V Capital.