The Osprey Brand Team, a group of 10 ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods, brings you a quick post from Durango, CO.’s Jim Philpott. When we last checked in with Jim he was coming off a successful race of the “Grand Traverse” from Crested Butte to Aspen. Turns out he still hasn’t put away his skis…
This is Jim checking in from down here in Durango. This spring in the backcountry has been super good as far as snow conditions but a little strange on the weather side of things. We’ve been getting a ton of wind and dust which is a little strange for these parts, but with the wind comes a little moisture. Anyway, this spring has been all about big skins and good snow down here in the San Juans; the snow has been super stable in the higher elevations providing us with some great couloirs skiing. The past couple of weeks have been spent in and around Silverton skinning and skiing lines around the Sultan peak and Bear Mountain zone which has been amazing. The San Juans never cease to amaze me and even though the snow is melting fast there should be plenty of turns left. I think the desert might be the next stop for me, see you in Utah!
For more information about Jim click here.
Outdoor Activities, Product
Crystal Davis Robbins is an Osprey Packs sponsored climber. She filed this report to Osprey last week, detailing her new routes in El Cajon de Arenales.
Six pitches off the ground we find ourselves surrounded by a dozen Condors circling in the sky. The more curious of these enormous birds, ranging to ten feet in wingspan, flies just above our heads to get a better look. El Cajon de Arenales is an extensive valley of granite walls and towers in the outskirts of Mendoza, Argentina. Unlike Patagonia in the South, the weather is usually spectacular. Deep blue skies contrast the red granite walls and stark dry landscape. Climbs in this zone consist of multi-pitch alpine routes up to 500m and technical sport climbing.
You can read the entire story here.
Davis Robbins relies on the Osprey Talon 44 for her fast and light adventures.
Of all the packs I have used, the Talon 44 has been the best all- around adventure pack for my excursions. Whether it is a cragging day in Arenales, a four-day backpacking trip into the mountains of Patagonia, or a two day ascent of the Fitz Roy, the Talon is the pack for me. It is extremely light and compact for “fast and light” ascents of alpine summits. However when I need space, I can fit all of my approach gear (food, sleeping bag, clothes) in the bag, avoiding having to carry two bags to the base of my objectives. The simplicity of the bag is its greatest strength, it has no unneeded bells and whistles. The Talon 44 goes everywhere with me.
Osprey Culture, Outdoor Activities
The Dolores River Festival is a community celebration of the Dolores River and the many ways it connects us to each other, the environment, and our resources. Osprey Packs has been a long-time supporter of this fun river event! Gates open at 10 am and live music will be performed all day.
Greater Dolores Action presents this annual event featuring local, regional and national bands, as well as, activities like the Fun Race, free raft rides on the Dolores River from Riverside Park to the Lost Canyon take-out, children’s activities, a down-river kayak race, the Zuke’s River Dog Contest, and the Crazy Costume River Parade. This community oriented event includes great food, beverages, information from our local organizations, merchandise and more. Admission is $5, and free for children 15 and under.
The Festival draws attention to the Dolores River Basin and the challenges faced by local communities trying to balance economic development and riparian resource protection. Greater Dolores Action earmarks a percentage of the Festival proceeds for river-enhancing activities such as garbage and debris removal, habitat creation and education – keeping your generous donation in the community. Your support of the Dolores River Festival shows your commitment to the preservation of one of the West’s great and scenic rivers.
Conservation, Osprey Culture