About Us


The Down Works is a family run business. Nick and Shelley Gravem met while attending UC Santa Cruz. Their passion for the outdoors (and Shelley’s skill at sewing) led to the founding of the Down Works in 1974. Since then, they have enjoyed sharing their knowledge with customers and exploring the wilderness together.

Our Family
Nick Gravem (Owner)
Shelley Gravem (Owner)
Dana Gravem (Daughter)

Recent Vacations

High Sierra

Our favorite new 
Western Mountaineering:
TerraLite sleeping bag
UL roomy, 25°F
850 fill power down, 29oz 

Renegade GTX Mid boots
Lightweight with support

Black Diamond:
Ultra Distance trekking poles
Carbon fiber

Our favorite places
Tuolumne River

East Side Sierra

Ventana Wilderness

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Contact us:

  1. (831)423-9078