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Crazy Creek Founder Killed

Rob Hart, inventor of the popular Crazy Creek Camp Chair, died after a ski accident near his Montana home.

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Rob Hart, a prolific outdoor adventurer and founder of Crazy Creek Products, died on February 20 after colliding with a tree on Red Lodge Mountain ski resort, near his home base of Red Lodge, Montana. Hart was perhaps most famous for inventing the Crazy Creek Chair, a popular portable, inflatable camping chair used to lounge around camp.

Hart, a lifelong climber with major ascents in the Himalayas and a worldwide adventurer who undertook and led expeditions on every continent including Antarctica, was discovered by another skier on the Big Silver ski run post-crash. He had been skiing alone and wore a helmet, but when paramedics arrived, they were unable to resuscitate Hart. Investigators classified the cause of death as blunt force trauma to the chest.

Hart once told Michael Hodgson, president of SNEWS, that he got inspiration for the Crazy Creek Chair by hoping “to create something that would provide a warm, dry and comfortable place to put my butt in and then lean back on.”

In that spirit, Hodgson offers this tribute to Hart:

In lieu of flowers, family asks donations in Rob’s memory be made to the “Rob Hart Memorial Fund” c/o Red Lodge Ski Patrol, PO Box 750, Red Lodge, MT 59068.

—Ted Alvarez

Rob Hart, founder of Crazy Creek, dies in ski accident (SNEWS)