26 years of simple rugged value.

Instructors, Teachers, Ski Patrolers and Outdoor enthusiasts:

Since Fall 1985 when I made my first 10 large yellow pyramid tarps for Pacific Crest Outward Bound while working there as instructor, I have been building outdoor gear for schools and outdoor folks.

I’ve 17 years experience working as an instructor for several outdoor schools including Outward Bound, Adventurous Christians, Marion County Wilderness Challenge, St Francis Boys Home’s Passport for Adventure, NEW Rural Resources and Boy Scouts , so I understand the need for robust gear. Through input from customers, there are many ultralight products offered.

Famous climbers heading for Patagonia and record setting through hikers have purchased Oware gear, even though sponsered by other companies where they could get gear free.

I use simple designs to keep costs down and durability up. Thread is matched to the fabric type

Does your school, scout group, ski area, or retail store need something made to your specifications? I especially enjoy developing new products to meet your needs, (quantity orders for special designs keep costs reasonable).

Feel free to contact me about ideas you have. do@owareusa.com


Dave Olsen

Steam Donkey

4 responses to “About

  1. Mark Bergeron

    Mr. Olsen,
    I am boy scout leader for a troop near Spokane, WA, and I’m looking for a large nylon dining fly for our occasional car camping trip and summer camp. I purchased a 16′ x 20′ fly for myself many years ago that works really well. Unfortunately, the company that made it went out-of-business. What would be your cost for a fly this size?

    Mark Bergeron
    Scoutmaster, T-342
    (509) 869-7932 cell


    • Hi Mark-

      I have several sizes and fabrics Scouts commonly use as dining flys. The lightest 30d fabric FlatTarp5 (9.5×13.5′) is one Troops take to Philmont. A larger one in 70d could be made. Call me for more info. and price 888-292-4534.


  2. Allen P. Resch

    I have two older tarps from your company in my Scout troop. They leak water. Can they be re-water proofed?


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