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Next stop: Slovenia

September 30th, 2009

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of 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, delivers the latest from new team member Aimee Cebulski who is on a 6-month world travel adventure. She’s taking an Osprey Sojourn 28 with her (from our new Travel Collection). This is her third update coming to you from Slovenia…

After two weeks in Western Europe, we decided to maximize our Eurail and hit some of Eastern Europe. Austria borders Slovenia so we headed to the capital town of Ljubljana.  We watched the countryside change as we trundled east and ventured into the land behind the former Iron Curtain.

We didn’t make any reservations and decided to wing it, even though this is a relatively small town for a capital city.  Luckily, the extremely friendly associate at the Tourist Information Center was able to book us in a nice, clean hotel just a short walk from the old town.  We were planning on staying only 2 nights, but we like it here and are taking a day trip to Zagreb, Croatia tomorrow…The plan was to actually go over to Zagreb and stay a night, but once we saw how close it was by train and the easier train connections to Venice from this region, we decided to turn it into a day trip.


Like most of Eastern Europe, Ljubljana is a city of contrasts – Ancient medieval castles and structures next to 60s era Communist block structures covered with graffiti of all colors and types.  We’ve dubbed it the “City of Cigarettes” because we find ourselves playing a game – how many people can we find at a café not smoking??  It’s a bit tough on the lungs but we are figuring out where to best position ourselves at each meal.

The food has been delicious so far and we’ve enjoyed wandering around the town, strolling the river and today we visited the obligatory castle high on the hill and the town market.  I’m attaching a few photos of the city, the castle, Passport Duck visiting the famous Dragon Bridge, etc.

We have no idea what to expect tomorrow in Zagreb, but we’re up for an adventure!  After Slovenia, we’ve booked ourselves 2 nights in Venice (thanks Internet for finding the smoking deal [not the third rate Pall Mall type]…) and then our last 2 nights in Europe will be in Milan – We fly to Cairo on October 1st.  Who knows what adventures lay ahead?!

sojourn28Features of the Sojourn 28 wheeled convertible pack: Our StraightJacket™ compression system has always been well-suited to the rigors of travel. Add the High Road™ Chassis to the mix and you’ve got the Sojourn. For those who want to reduce the hoist component of their haul time it can’t be beat. When you do need to carry the Sojourn our superb zip-away suspension is on the ready. You’ll also find foam sidewalls for keeping the load secure, while handy mesh pockets, clothing straps and front panel daisy chains maintain your organization. Colors available: Earth, Charcoal, Pepper. Sojourn Series.

For more information about Aimee, check out her bio page here.

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Women get out and enjoyed a day of sunshine and activities at the Women’s Adventure Event

September 28th, 2009
Osprey women (representing the Midwest on the "Atlantic" and PacNW on the "Pacific" side) take a moment at the Continental Divide atop Cottonwood Pass en route on the 8hr drive from SW CO to Boulder

Osprey women (representing the Midwest on the "Atlantic" and PacNW on the "Pacific" side) take a moment at the Continental Divide atop Cottonwood Pass en route from SW CO to Boulder

Osprey tent is ready!

Osprey tent is ready!

Saturday’s event was a blast!

Two of Osprey’s women made the 8hr trek from SW Colorado to attend and present at the The Women’s Adventure, an organized by Women’s Adventure magazine and held at the stunning outdoor setting of the Boulder Reservoir in Boulder, Colorado. It was a beautiful, sunny day packed with great activities that included scheduled demo and skills-clinics, along with gear testing opportunities. Ladies got a chance to try their hands at fly-fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding, slacklining, rockclimbing, yoga, orienteering and biking. In addition to the gear testing and clinics (Osprey Packs held a women’s fit clinic), there was plenty of relaxing over food and wine samples. Ladies also got an opportunity to pamper themselves at the massage and facial tent. Everyone walked away with something…and there were lots of prizes and giveaways, including kayaks, road bikes and and of course, and Osprey backpacks! With the opportunity to try new activities and learn new skills, participants left inspired and informed.

We’ll see you all again next year and all the new faces that come too! You won’t want to miss out!

One of the many fit clinics of the day

One of the many fit clinics of the day

Courtney and Kerry give a fit clinic

Courtney and Kerry give a fit clinic

Ladies enjoying the day

Ladies enjoying the day

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Training for the Rock Guide Exam—Red Rocks, Nevada

September 28th, 2009

South Las Vegas. One house. Fourteen guides. Heaps of cams and packs in the garage. Stacks of guidebooks on the kitchen table. The air is thick with beta. “Don’t do anything on the Black Velvet wall. Too straightforward. Too many bolts to be on the exam.”

“How’d you avoid that jammed block rap on the Frigid Air?”

We’ve been training for two weeks and have another week before the exam starts. Each day we venture out to climb exam routes—those with complicated guiding problems—where safely protecting two clients involves an extra four steps compared to climbing with your buddies. Take the notorious Community Pillar descent, where just getting to the main raps involves short roping, short-pitching, intermediate anchors, a pre-rig rappel and avoiding a tempting anchor known as No Pass Tree. No Pass Tree is a big tree, wrapped with trucker slings, but surrounded by loose blocks. If you rap off No Pass Tree then you No Pass Exam.

The focus of  our training for the American Mountain Guide Association exam–and guiding in general–is safety. Climbing the 5.10+ standard while wearing a pack and pulling two ropes seems insignificant compared to learning hundreds of safety tricks. For example, yesterday we realized that if you clove-off your client to the master point between the autolocker and their knot, then they are basically off belay for a split second—the autolocker won’t catch as you are tying the client’s clove-hitch. Instead, tie-off the brake strand before clove-hitching the client into the anchor master point. Anal, but if guiding is your career, then you’ll learn to stack the odds in your favor, or you’ll get weeded out.

Osprey has been training with me the whole time. I haul the rack and ropes into the routes with my beloved Mutant 38. Then I climb with a Solo, the ultimate summer climbing pack. The hard plastic ribs on the outside of the Solo take the abuse while grinding up chimneys and the sleek, low volume make the pack almost imperceptible when climbing.

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Mark Allen belaying Mike Bromberg on pitch 5 of 12 on Initiwantan (IV 5.10c), Mount Wilson, Red Rocks, Nevada.

 

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Mark Smiley leading  the old-school 5.9 chimneys on pitch 5 of 18. Epinephrine, Black Velvet Canyon, Red Rocks, Nevada.

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Next stop: Munich

September 21st, 2009

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of 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, delivers the latest from new team member Aimee Cebulski who is on a 6-month world travel adventure. She’s taking an Osprey Sojourn 28 with her (from our new Travel Collection). This is her second update coming to you from Amsterdam…

I’ve been on the road on my round-the-world adventure with my boyfriend Jeff for a week now…

We launched the trip with a stop in Brussels to visit my best friend, then a side trip to the Champagne region of France – It’s an awesome place to learn all about Champagne and taste from one of the thousands of houses in the area. You can even go to the granddaddy of them all, Moet & Chandon, home of Dom Perignon!

A quick stop at a rental car location gave us the option to journey further out into the countryside, touring the beaches at Normandy and several key D-Day locations. Traveling back to Lille by car, we activated our Eurail tickets and hit the rails for Amsterdam.

We’re now in Amsterdam, taking in city sights before catching an overnight train tomorrow, bound for Oktoberfest in Munich!

The Osprey Sojourn has served me well up to this point – I used it primarily as a roller bag throughout Brussels and France, since we were mostly traveling by car…Clothes were pretty quick to pack and secure with the interior straps, and the compression straps made the sides very tight and compact, good for navigating the bag around town.

After getting off the train in Amsterdam, I pulled out the back straps and it only took me about one minute to open the flap, tuck the cover, secure the hip belt straps and I was ready to go. The bag was very comfortable walking through downtown Amsterdam to the hotel, a much better choice on narrow streets with more crowds and should serve me well as a backpack style on the overnight train to Munich…

More to come after lots of rounds of Prost! In Germany….

sojourn28

Features of the Sojourn 28 wheeled convertible pack:

Our StraightJacket™ compression system has always been well-suited to the rigors of travel. Add the High Road™ Chassis to the mix and you’ve got the Sojourn. For those who want to reduce the hoist component of their haul time it can’t be beat. When you do need to carry the Sojourn our superb zip-away suspension is on the ready. You’ll also find foam sidewalls for keeping the load secure, while handy mesh pockets, clothing straps and front panel daisy chains maintain your organization. Colors available: Earth, Charcoal, Pepper. Sojourn Series.

For more information about Aimee, check out her bio page here.

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Osprey Packs at Blues ‘n’ Brews

September 19th, 2009

This weekend, we’re at the Telluride Blues ‘n’ Brews festival along with our local dealer, Jagged Edge Mountain Gear.  The fall colors are just starting to come in and with snow already blessing the peak tops, it couldn’t be more beautiful.  Jagged Edge has a great selection of our packs on special for 20% off during the show and at the store for the week following.  It’s a great time to update that old, grungy show pack with a new one and you can even recyle your pack through our Pass on the Passion Program.  Leave your pack with us and we’ll send it to the Mountain Fund who distributes your old pack to deserving programs such as the Climb High Foundation in Uganda which works to open up career opportunities for women to work in the trekking and climbing industry.  We’ll give you a festival ready, Innate BPA free stainless steel water bottle!!!  Last but not least, you can sign up to win an incredible trip for two to Telluride this winter.  If you’re not at the festival, go to our Travel Contest page and enter now.  The Grand Tasting is today so stop on by, pace yourself and have some fun with the Osprey and Jagged Edge crew!!

Events, Music Festivals, Osprey Culture, Outdoor Activities, Product, Retail Promotions, Southwest Colorado

Keep Quiet Everyone

September 9th, 2009

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of 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, introduces new team member Joseph Bradbury. Joseph is a Salt Lake City resident, bike commuter, and frequent traveler. Joseph will be testing the Waypoint 85 pack from the new Osprey travel collection as well the bike commuting beauty, the “Flapjack.” Joseph will soon embark for Ecuador but for now, he’s been taking his Mutant 38 to big walls while racking up vert…

I recently had a friend, Maegan, come in town from New York. She is starting her graduate program at NYU in a couple weeks so she was eager to get into the mountains while she was in town; I, as always, was more than happy to oblige. I haven’t climbed many sport routes in Little Cottonwood so I asked a friend of mine named Jim to accompany us.

We set out for Little Cottonwood Canyon, just outside of Salt Lake City, at eight in the morning. The air was still cool enough to chill us as Maegan and I sat quiet on my front porch drinking coffee. Jim pulled up and after brief introductions we headed for the crag. On the way, Jim was pointing at random peaks and slabs of rock just off the I-215 belt route; his excitement grew the closer we got to the mouth of the canyon. In the back seat Maegan peered up at the granite cliffs.

As we approached a narrow switchback on the canyon road, one I was previously familiar with, Jim asked us not to speak around “Silent Rock”. Not being a very superstitious person I thought it was somewhat hokey but never the less I complied. Jim insisted that he heard it was bad luck to talk around the turn and when we were to be participating in an activity that consisted of us dangling a few dozen meters above the rocky ground, he’d take every advantage for safety he could. This both pleased and comforted Maegan who was getting nervous for her first climb in the back seat.

Soon after Silent Rock we pulled into a dirt packing lot, and gathered the gear. Jim put on his harness at the car, clicked a string of draws onto his belt and slung a rope over his shoulder. “Hey, that’s pretty slick,” he said. I liked that word, slick. “This?” I motioned to my pack, the Mutant 38, “It keeps all your stuff in one place.”

We made our way to the base of the climb where Maegan and I scrambled up a couple 5.8’s and a 5.10. On a high 5.8 Maegan stayed at the bolts for a while before coming down. I was half way up the wall when I noticed her stalling. I thought for a moment she panicked and wouldn’t come down. I made my way up to the chains on my route, about fifteen feet to the side of hers. I saw Maegan standing on a large ledge, her back to the wall. “Everything okay?” I asked her. “Yeah, I’m great. I just wanted to stay up here for a bit. Everything looks different from up here.” I turned and looked out with her for a minute before repelling down.

As we left the canyon our hands all matched, white cuticles and shredded fingertips from the unforgiving granite. We passed Silent Rock, Jim didn’t ask but no one spoke. When we emerged from Little Cottonwood Canyon into the city, everything looked a little different.

mutant38About the Mutant 38: For Alpine endeavors. The results of extensive testing and feedback from the vertical world, the Mutant 38 provides a simple, strong, lightweight solution for short alpine adventures or multi-day mountain trips. Key Fabrics: Armourlite 420D and Armourguard 900D. Stripped Weights:

  • Small: 0.94 kg
  • Medium: 0.95 kg
  • Large: 0.96 kg

More information on the Mutant 38 can be found here.

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Jazz Aspen Snowmass..It’s a rough job but…

September 7th, 2009

The Osprey traveling road show spent the Labor day weekend at the 2009 Jazz Aspen Snowmass Music Festival.  We partnered with our local retailer the Ute Mountaineer to bring folks great deals on Osprey packs.   Amidst the great music and mountain scenery, lots of folks stopped by to peruse our product offerings.  There’s a lot of buzz around the new Kode Series backcountry ski packs and our Talon and Flap Series packs were a big hit as well.  If you’re still in town this week stop by the Ute for continued great deals on Osprey Packs and more.

Events, Fergie Fan Club, Music Festivals, Osprey Culture, Outdoor Activities, Retail Promotions

Away We Go!

September 4th, 2009

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of 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, introduces new team member Aimee Cebulski. Aimee is a San Diego County resident about to embark on a 6-month world travel adventure. She’s taking an Osprey Sojourn 28 with her (from our new Travel Collection) and will be documenting her experiences right here. Check back often for her stories and experiences putting the Sojourn through the rigors. Welcome to the team Aimee…

So here we are with less than one week to go until D-Day! 6 months hitting the road, traveling throughout Europe, Africa and SE Asia — We’re both taking a leave of absence from work (we both work for ourselves) and I’ve rented out my house for a year! The storage unit is packed and complete — Jeff’s up at his folks’ condo and gave up his place — I’m still here at my house though there is not much left. Just some furniture to be picked up today and really just the clothes I’ll be taking.

I will be storing my computer and camera accessories at my folks’ to avoid overheating them in the storage unit. I’ll be working from this makeshift desk with a kitchen nook table until departure day…

Also have gathered all the necessary meds, prescription and otherwise, I’ll need on this adventure — I am packing as light as I can but man! Attached is a photo of my bag (Osprey Sojourn 28) that I am using and my clothes — I already have my packing list done and organized. It might change a little, but this is basically it.

Photos attached here of the packing dry run…Keeping it to the bare minimum!

  • 4 t-shirts
  • 4 tank tops
  • 2 long sleeve lightweight t shirts for nighttime/bug repellant
  • 2 pairs of lightweight pants
  • 1 pair of jeans (still debating this)
  • 2 skirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 2 bathing suits
  • 2 dresses — one nicer/one sundress
  • 1 pair flip flops
  • 1 pair black mary janes — walking shoes
  • 1 pair merrell hiking shoes
  • 1 floppy sun hat
  • 1 baseball hat
  • 1 light windbreaker

That’s pretty much it! It fits easily in the Sojourn so far with lots of room for goodies down the road! Much more to come…

Features of the Sojourn 28 wheeled convertible pack:

sojourn28Our StraightJacket™ compression system has always been well-suited to the rigors of travel. Add the High Road™ Chassis to the mix and you’ve got the Sojourn. For those who want to reduce the hoist component of their haul time it can’t be beat. When you do need to carry the Sojourn our superb zip-away suspension is on the ready. You’ll also find foam sidewalls for keeping the load secure, while handy mesh pockets, clothing straps and front panel daisy chains maintain your organization. Colors available: Earth, Charcoal, Pepper. Sojourn Series.

For more information about Aimee, check out her bio page here.

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Summer in Durango

September 2nd, 2009

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, checks in with Durango, Colorado resident Bill Grasse. Bill’s had an exciting summer and explains his ethos behind “working to live”…

Working in a people job, I’ve been hearing the same thing over and over again lately: “It’s September! Where has the summer gone?” People everywhere seem to be entering into an end of summer panic. I constantly hear story after story of how they have been too busy working and haven’t been able to get out.

So after a while, these stories caused me to reflect on the summer I have had so far and well, I must say that I’m feeling pretty good. I too have been working a ton but some of that work has been doing things like hiking into a beautiful basin and climbing an incredible peak, or recently climbing at Indian Creek with a client. Now true, I have spent my share of hours doing things like hucking around bats of insulation and sanding a house but those and all of my jobs, are there to make living this Durango dream possible.

I work to live not live to work. This is a priority that I have set for myself and with time I have built a life to match. This summer has been an amazing summer. I have been playing all over from climbing for the weekend in the Black Canyon and Grand Junction, to new peaks in the Wiminuche wilderness, to Wednesday night volleyball with friends, and taking family to Garden of the Gods for some cragging.

I know that for most people, making a living is a little more involved than for me but I hope that those that may feel that their summer has been lacking can read this and change their priorities for a little while. Do what it takes to get out and enjoy this life because it’s the only one you have.

For more information, please see Bill’s bio page here.

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