Archive for July, 2010

July 31st 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Bike DealerCamp Park City

The Osprey Packs bike team is in Park City, UT at Bike DealerCamp providing free Raptor demos for some of the country’s top bike dealers. This event allows dealers to spend the day riding around the beautiful trails and roads in the Deer Valley/Park City area testing the latest in new bikes, apparel and accessories. Osprey packs is offering each dealer a new Raptor hydration pack featuring the revolutionary Hydraform reservoir filled with ice cold water to use on their test rides. Response has been overwhelmingly positive and it is obvious that these packs are going to be a real hit.  For details on the new Raptor series hydration packs, check out the Osprey web site at: www.ospreypack.com

July 30th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Me, As a Dot. An Additive Adventure Entry*

From Majka’s new Additive Adventure Blog on OutsideTV.com.

I have no idea who the people are who will change my life in the next two years. I had no idea, two years ago, that a woman making a spontaneous stop in a Patagonia store in California would change mine now. Susanne Conrad caught a glimpse of a tall hardbound book called Vertical Ethiopia. I’d written it, but that didn’t matter to her, then. Ethiopia mattered.

A few months later, a random email appeared in my inbox. Sapna Dayal introduced herself and suggested that we might have much in common. She was the executive director of imagine1day, a non-profit dedicated to changing the world’s future via building schools in Ethiopia. We spent following winter months talking. I’d come home from ice climbing in New Hampshire and watch it get dark and cold in New England as Sapna would pause her afternoon in a rainy Vancouver for us to brainstorm about how to work together in the high desert in the Horn of Africa.

This September 23rd marks the start of our answer. Sapna, Susanne and I, along with Shannon Wilson, are leading a group on a three-week journey of adventure, global stewardship, and scared connection.  Together, we’re raising enough money to build a new school—imagine1day’s 7th primary school in Ethiopia. We’re going rock climbing, visiting ancient churches, hiking to schools imagine1day built where the wells that broke ground were often the first ever in a three-mile radius, and more.

Remember when you were a kid and you’d connect the dots on cheap piece of paper to make the Little Engine that Could or Strawberry Shortcake? Remember when you were young enough to not know what you were connecting until it was done? I have no idea what we are all drawing together. I am just one of the dots. I’m a leader dot– the Ethiopia and adventure expert on the trip, but I still have no idea what our picture will look like.

Today I’m kicking off a pre-trip series of etchings via blogs. Come back. Every other week I’ll tell you more about what we’re doing. I’ll post up an audio clip of 1984 ballad about Ethiopia—that I wrote, when I was eight. It’s bad. It’s a ballad. (It was the 80’s).

Learn more, get involved, become a dot:

Imagine Ethiopia 2010 the Trip

Who’s Coming With Us

How Ethiopia Started


Photos by rogelphoto.com

*Additive Adventure, A Blog on OutsideTV.com

What is additive adventure? Majka Burhardt made it up. But she’s betting you might live your life in a quest for the same–when adventure goes beyond exploration and toward cultural and environmental connection. “Additive Adventure” tracks Majka’s forays into the greater world while she asks for the linkages between…everything. Read Majka’s stories of the far afield and track how she brings them close to home every other Friday.

July 29th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Outdoor Retailer Madness Begins: Osprey’s Complete List of Events

Ongoing Events

Conservation Alliance Sale

WHAT: Tons of Conservation Alliance member companies have sweet gear up for sale, with part or all of the proceeds benefiting the Alliance. At the Osprey booth, you’ll find our hot, new hydration packs — the Viper + Verve 7s — up for grabs. $25 will get you a sweet new pack and all proceeds will benefit the Conservation Alliance. You can check out the full list of offerings over on the Conservation Alliance site.

WHERE: All over!

Help Save Elephants! And Win Gear!

WHAT: Elephants are being killed by poachers at a rate of 10 percent per year. With just 470,000 elephants left in the world, it means that in just a few years we might lose our wild elephant populations. So, this winter, the Epicocity Project is embarking on a forensic biology expedition to the remote jungle of the Democratic Republic of Congo with the goal of saving wild elephants from the illegal ivory trade.

Take Action right here at OR!

1. Become a Fan of the Elephant Ivory Project on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/elephantivoryproject

2. Donate to the cause! Every little bit helps, and every single dollar goes directly to our cause — whether it’s $5 or $50.

WHERE: Swing by the Osprey booth # 5010 and drop off your donation and a business card in the box:

WHEN: If you need some extra incentives to take action, we’ve got some sweet gear up for grabs. On Day 3, August 5, we’ll pick 3 lucky people to win two awesome prize packages, including two Osprey Packs Raptor 6 Hydration Packs, a tent from Sierra Designs, a SPOT Messenger unite, Mountain Khakis, an Adventure Medical Kits First Aid Kit and some snacks from AlpineAire! So c’mon! Save some elephants today!

Great Gear Giveaway

At the show, you can answer Leave No Trace-related questions to get entered in the Great Gear Giveaway — and your chance to win some great gear! Subaru, Backpacker and Leave No Trace will be giving away product Day 1 through Day 3 at 4pm each day. Osprey’s thrown 1 Veer recycled shoulder bag and 1 Manta 20 hydration pack into the mix!


Keep It Wild: Take Action for Conservation!

WHAT: We all know that if we want to get wild, we’ve got to protect our playground. So visit eight member company booths to take action on behalf of a Conservation Alliance grantee. Take action at all eight booths, have your Keep It Wild passport stamped and be entered to win a fabulous prize package! We’ll be hosting the good folks from the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance! Click here for details.

WHERE: All over!

WHEN: All day Wednesday, August 4th

The Uphill Challenge

WHAT: Take part in this true test of athletic ability, lung power, gusto and fortitude! Every half-hour, M.C. Elinor Fish, Trail Runner’s managing editor, kicks off another duel between two athletes on treadmills set at a 10-percent incline. The athlete covering the most mileage in 15 minutes is declared the winner of each pairing. At 4:15 p.m., the male and female athletes logging the day’s greatest distance will be declared the 2010 King and Queen of the Mountains! We’ve got Helix daypacks up for grabs for all participants!

WHERE: The Salt Palace

WHEN: All day Wednesday, August 4

Thursday August 5

American Alpine Club Happy Hour

WHAT: Osprey hosts the American Alpine Club Happy Hour. Enjoy a gin and tonic and keep a commemorative rocks glass. Enter to win a climbing pack and schwag from Osprey and the AAC.

WHERE: Osprey Packs Booth # 5010

WHEN: Thursday, August 5, 4:30pm – 6pm

July 29th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

What’s In Your Pack? Everything For an Afternoon in the Park

We’re hitting the home stretch in our What’s In Your Pack? contest; you’ve got a couple more days to submit! For our final photo feature we chose this one taken by Flickr user absolumn in Banff National Park. Looks like a beautiful day and spot for a relaxing afternoon!

We want to know what’s in your pack! We’re running our photo contest is running all month so there’s plenty of time to submit! We’ll be selecting one photo a week to feature here on our blog, and all weekly winners will score a Digi Stow! At the end of the month two people will win a Farpoint 70, perfect for packing on your next adventure. To take part, just upload your photos to our Flickr pool, tag with “whatsinyourpack” and be sure to write a description of just what’s hiding inside your pack.

July 29th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Summer… Time for Alpine Rock!

So the summer plans have been in the works for a little while, and this year it is a return trip to the Adamant Mountains of the northern Selkirks in British Columbia.

In 2008 I headed there with fellow Mountain Guide Craig McGee to try our hand at a few routes. This year we are going back to try and complete some unfinished projects…b ut in the mean time here is a sampler from the last trip. It provides a good glimpse into what alpine rock climbing is all about.  Enjoy!

July 27th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Mt.Harvey: Ski to the Ocean

Mt. Harvey, one of the highest peaks in the North Shore mountains of British Columbia, is distinctive with its steep-sided summit stretching up so near the sea and 360 views looking out over Howe Sound, the Lions, Mt. Brunswick and various other mountains and lakes. It’s just a 20-minute drive from North Vancouver, so last winter, I put together a little video with my new helmet camera.

It’s mostly hiking to get there — with just enough snow pre-Olympics in December. It’s incredible to ski right above the ocean, on a snow slope around treeline above Lions Bay. Check it out…

Skiers: Andy Traslin, Mike Traslin. Filmed by Andy Traslin

July 26th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Ski The Himalayas: Season 2, Episode 1

When Eastern culture meets Western adventure in the world’s highest mountains, expect the unexpected.

After a fractured ankle, Osprey athlete Ben Clark and Jon Miller return to the 23,390′ Baruntse in Nepal for their second attempt to ski the Himalayas.

This episode transports them from Colorado to Nepal. Miller and Clark share the adventure as the pair views the expedition footage often sharing a story “not for air”. The adventure begins here, view the Himalayas and discover what the two Schraplinists have to learn.

ARVE Error: no id set

July 26th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Fredrik Ericsson nears summit of K2 for world record ski attempt

Fredrik Climbing K2

Conditions permitting, Osprey Europe sponsored athlete Fredrik Ericsson will attempt to be the first person to climb and ski from the summit of K2.  Last reports have Ericsson at an elevation of 8000 meters and planning a summit bid tonight (July 26th in the U.S.).   Ericsson has been climbing K2, said to be the most difficult and dangerous 8000 meter peak, with no supplemental oxygen, sherpas, or high altitude porters so that he can ski the 3600 meters from summit to basecamp.  To track Ericsson’s progress, check his blog at: www.fredrikericsson.com.

A difficult section on the climb

July 23rd 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

What’s In Your Pack? A Day’s Worth of Adventure

A lot of good stuff got crammed into this Talon 22, and we’re pretty sure that means Flickr user Destructo Girl knows how to get in an excellent day hike. Frisbee, camera, travel journal… what more do you need?

We want to know what’s in your pack! We’re running our photo contest is running all month so there’s plenty of time to submit! We’ll be selecting one photo a week to feature here on our blog, and all weekly winners will score a Digi Stow! At the end of the month two people will win a Farpoint 70, perfect for packing on your next adventure. To take part, just upload your photos to our Flickr pool, tag with “whatsinyourpack” and be sure to write a description of just what’s hiding inside your pack.

July 21st 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Leave No Trace

Here at Osprey we spend a lot of time outside, and when we do, we make sure to live by the ethic: Leave No Trace. We’re so committed, we print the Leave No Trace Principles right in our packs…



Whether your pack was purchased in 1974 or yesterday, Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge.