Chósta was founded in Vancouver, Canada by myself, Scott Phelan. Although Vancouver is currently my home, the Pacific Northwest is our playground.
In 2017 some friends and I were preparing for a kayak trip and hastily purchased three camping stools along with our other supplies. To our dismay, all three stools broke during our trip. We knew cheaply made products had been a long-standing concern in the outdoor goods industry and with broken plastic and ripped nylon in our hands, we felt that we were becoming part of the problem.
We continued to explore the Pacific Northwest and encountered cheap camping gear all along the way. We thought...
if people cared half as much about their gear as they cared about the places they were exploring, then maybe we would see less destined for the landfill.
I had been working in a local wood shop often in search of new projects. And with the broken stools fresh on my mind, I set out to make a camp chair that would honour these wild places. After weeks of experimentation and refinement, I had a chair I was proud of.
In the fall of 2018, we decided to launch Chósta with the mission of providing durable, handmade camp chairs to people who care deeply about the wild places they explore and call home.