Since my first visit to Peru I have always felt a draw back to its amazing landscape and friendly people. In the midst of a South American travel and climbing trip in 2001, I purchased a chalk bag from a local artisan who was also a climber. That chalk bag looked nice, but it was not so durable.

Four years later I was back in Peru guiding in the Andes. While living there I became friends with Yuri,  the maker of my old dilapidated chalk bag. At the end of the season I brought 40 chalk bags with me for gifts and sales back in The States. This round the bags were a lot tougher than the previous bag.

The intention was to sell them to stores and gyms nationwide while climbing through out the US. However, they never left Bozeman, as they were all sold with in a few weeks.

Back in Peru, my friend Yuri and I decided to modify the bags to make them in to the solid design you see today. We added the stay-open-rims, a tougher textile, and incorporated new sizes and designs. What you see today is a result of our collaborative efforts in the latest model of Mago’s Andean chalk bags.

Through out our designing stages and business transactions we have consciously decided, “La amistad antes de los negocios.” or “Friendship before business.” In the midst of our planning and designing we may stop to take time for a 3-hour lunch brake or bouldering sessions on Yuri's home made wall. A barbeque with the whole family and employees is not uncommon. We try to keep it bien tranquilo and have a good time with our work, putting the emphasis on good.

At Mago Mountain Works we are constantly designing more products that originate in South America. We have a good time doing it, and hopefully you will while using them. Our products are simply a good fair deal for everyone from the Peruvians, who I know personally to you the end user. So please join us and support international small business with some of Mago Mountain Work’s equipment.


Sam Magro Owner of Mago Mountain Works.
PO Box 5302 Bozeman, MT 59717
Phone: (406) 570-6039

The Peruvian Andes