Archive for May, 2010
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We’re hoping that you get out and play this weekend and appreciate some of your favorite wild places and the wildlife that live there.
We’re spending our Memorial Day weekend in our beautiful backyard — Telluride for Mountainfilm. Currently in its 32nd year, the Mountainfilm Festival is a four-day, six-senses experience of art, adventure, culture and the environment. It attracts filmmakers, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers and explorers from around the world. The theme for this year’s festival is “Extinction.” It’s amazing to get so many people that are so passionate about important causes together in one place and we’re excited to connect with amazing people and organizations like Chris Jordan, Tim DeChristopher, Timmy O’Neill, Sweetgrass Productions and iLCP
Osprey’s own Sarah Harper Burke will summit Mt. Shasta for The Breast Cancer Fund “Climb Against The Odds” . Please donate to Sarah’s climb today! Whether it be $5 or $50, every dollar will help in the fight to prevent breast cancer. Donate here.
I live in an instant gratification type of society. Online shopping, instant messaging and smart phones bring me a sense of having things right now. So when we arrived at the trailhead to Snowdon Peak, all I could think about was, “that’s really far away”. I wanted to be at the summit right now. I wanted to be learning all the information I came to acquire right now.
The Breast Cancer Fund “Climb Against The Odds” Mt. Shasta climb is three weeks away. In preparation for the climb I needed to learn basic mountaineering techniques such as how to glissade and use an ice axe and crampons. Graciously, the Southwest Adventure Guides of Durango donated a day of training to the cause. It was 6:30 am and my guide Bill Grasse and I were geared up and ready to go.
I’m here at Klængshóll Lodge in Iceland with photographer Grant Gunderson for 2 weeks of ski touring and we’re skiing some big peaks with with the help of Artic Heli Skiing. The snow is great and the evening light is amazing. The mountains here are much larger and rugged than we expected, and the geography of this place makes for a color skiers only dream of — with vertical folds in nearly every peak. Add the maritime snowpack, which bonds to the rock, and and we’ve got a perfect canvas for skiers to paint.
Osprey’s Canadian distributor has selected the 10 Canadian mountain bike riders that are going to form the 2010 Osprey Hydraulics Team.
And the lucky winners are:
– Glenda Martin (Cobourg, ON)
– Glenn Peck (Garibaldi Highlands, BC)
– Guillaume Lazure (Mirabel, QC)
– Harper Forbes (Campbellville, ON)
– Jordan Timmer (Maple Ridge, BC)
– Julie-Anne Perreault (Saint-Casimir, QC)
– Maxime Clerk-Lamalice (Montréal, QC)
– Melinda Davie (Toronto, ON)
– Sam Nayet (Regina, SK)
– Sean Ritchie (Moncton, NB)
Each team member is going to receive a pack from the Raptor Series. Come back soon on this blog to see them in action!
If you spend any time climbing in Minnesota, make sure to take a day this year to give a climbing crag some love. The good folks at Minnesota Climbers Association have a ton of great clean-ups happening this year. These are a great way for climbers to get involved in the community, and allows us to give back and help keep the areas we frequent clean and beautiful.
Visit the Minnesota Climbers events page for details… What are you waiting for? Mark your calendar and take part!
PHOTO courtesy Apex Adventure Alliance, LLC.
John Muir: “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.”
Muir and many others share so many remarkable footnotes about the experiences we all share in the mountains. They all have the same underlying message, “mountains are here to make us humble, to help us understand our place.”
Mt. Rainier was my big Pacific Northwest goal for this year. Residing in the Midwest it took planning and an organized logistical approach to make this adventure possible. The Big “R” has always been one of those mountains on my list, but it always seems to get put on the back burner for closer peaks in the west; Garnett, Granite, Wilson and Maroon Bell. Now with several buddies living in Portland and Seattle, a team could easily be put together and the logistics come down to only my worries of getting out to the mountain. This was the time to put the boots into Pacific Northwest mountain snow.
We decided on an early May ascent. A late winter ascent were the weather was a little more unpredictable but an attempt to miss the big summer crowds. Going into the adventure we all knew the level of risk and factors with a winter ascent.
I had talked to my buddy Jason Tanguay who has guided the Big “R” more then a 100 times, who said: “Those Rainier dates ARE really early, essentially a winter ascent. Won’t be crowded! It could be amazing, but you may get schooled by mountain’s weather.“
Summer is well on its way! And if you’re looking for a good mag to tuck into your backpack, beach bag or lie in a hammock with, check out Wend Magazine. Awesome stories, adventure-inspiring photos and plenty of humor thrown in, what more could you want with a summertime read?
It’s summertime, it’s Friday, and we’re about to unleash a new issue – the first of the next generation of Wend, complete with a whole new look and feel. The team here at Wend HQ is buzzing with excitement about it. We’re so stoked about the upcoming issue, in fact, that we’ve decided to run a subscription promo to make it even more enticing for you to join our adventure.
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Not familiar with Wend? You can read our current as well as our back issues online for free here. Signing up for the free digital edition of our publication is quick and easy, however experiencing it online just isn’t quite the same as holding the actual magazine in your hands.
Today is Endangered Species Day, and tomorrow is the International Day of Biodiversity, so do something to celebrate our incredible community of species. And while you’re at it, do something to protect it.
What exactly is biodiversity? The International League of Conservation Photographers put together this great multimedia piece that showcases what biodiversity is and why it’s important. Watching it, you’ll quickly realize that biodiversity is something that affects all of us… and that’s why we have a duty to do something to ensure its protection.
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5 Ways to Celebrate Endangered Species Day
- TAKE ACTION – Tell the Secretary of the Interior to protect critical habitat for endangered polar bears and stop Shell Oil from off-shore drilling, or urge President Obama to save the West’s most iconic salmon species from extinction.
- Update your Facebook profile pic – Show your support for endangered species with a photo of your favorite wildlife species. Both National Wildlife Federation and the Endangered Species Coalition have some species snaps to choose from. Let us know you did it by including @Endangered Species Coalition or @National Wildlife Federation in your status message.
- Help spread the word via Twitter – Share an Endangered Species Day message or wildlife fact with your friends and family. Make sure to include #speciesday in your tweet.
- Attend an Endangered Species Day event! Events are held across the country to highlight endangered species stories.
- Get Outside! Take a hike on your favorite trail, climb your favorite pitch or shred up the last of that spring snow. What species live there? And what can you do to make sure that they will be there for future generations?
Of all the ways Osprey Packs have been tested, I’m willing to bet baklava wasn’t involved.
Since its arrival last month, the Flap Jill Pack has been doing daily duty for all types of errands, replacing my Baggallini bag that’s been in rotation for the past few years. Standard contents? One magazine, one book, a notebook and several pens, my wallet and Blackberry, a sarong, three diapers, a pack of baby wipes, two baby bottles, a pacifier and a small hand puppet. For a slim, close-fitting bag, it can handle a lot.
Not so standard contents? One piece of very sticky baklava.
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Here at Osprey Packs, we love our wild salmon! And that’s why we’ve been a long-time partner with Save Our Wild Salmon, a group working to recover wild salmon on the Snake River. Well, this week they need some help!
The Obama administration is poised to make a decision this week that could change the fate of endangered species in this country. On May 20, the Administration will release a federal salmon plan that will do one of two things for endangered wildlife: protect the Endangered Species Act, or weaken it. A decision to weaken the ESA for the West’s iconic Columbia and Snake River salmon could send an ecological ripple across the country — affecting every endangered species in the nation.
And the situation doesn’t look good. Instead of charting its own path, the administration is working off an illegal Bush administration plan for endangered salmon.
Because they return to the biggest, highest and best-protected habitat in America, endangered Snake River salmon are slated as the West’s best chance to save salmon for future generations in an environment threatened by climate change. These cold, crisp waters of spanning three Western states — Washington, Oregon and Idaho, will remain cold under warming climates, protecting these one-of-a-kind salmon with a one-of-a-kind habitat. Making the wrong decision on these rivers would effectively dam (pun fully intended) these salmon to extinction.
The Columbia-Snake Rivers may not be in your own backyard, but the effects of this decision certainly will be.
PHOTOS courtesy Matt Leidecker