Archive for September, 2010
In the United States, we have built one dam a day every day since Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence. That’s a lot of dams. We’ve dammed the most majestic and powerful rivers running through our country for the sake of energy, irrigation for industrial agriculture and transportation to name a few. And today, we’re seeing dams come down. They’re an aging infrastructure — no longer worth the cost of keeping them. But the change is coming slow… We’re still a long way off from recovering our rivers and wild places from the missteps of our past.
In Patagonia — half a world away — instead of working to restore their rivers, they’re fighting to save them from getting dammed in the first place. Patagonia, a beloved place in the hearts of many in the outdoor industry, is fighting to stay wild.
With alternatives energy sources such as wind, solar, geothermal and more, the damming of rivers seems outdated — “it’s old technology”. Hydropower may not emit carbon emissions, but the power sure isn’t “clean”. Think of how many rivers we’ve dammed — how many species we’ve pushed to extinction, how many communities we’ve flooded or cut off from their rivers and how many people have lost their way of life because of it.
What’s at stake in Patagonia? Two pristine rivers dammed by 5 proposed dams, 2,400 km of forest clear-cut and road switchbacks blasted into the canyon to make way for the world’s largest transmission line. This project would destroy the people in Patagonia.
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“I think it’s the overall loss of wilderness that we’re talking about here,” Osprey athlete Timmy O’Neill said.
So why should we care? Because it’s not just about the rivers in Patagonia. It’s about the rivers in our backyard. We, as people, have the power to make a change. And it starts now. There is power in the pristine, and we’ve got to stand up for it.
Learn more about protecting Patagonia’s rivers: http://rioslibres.com/.
If you find yourself anywhere near Loon Mountain, New Hampshire this weekend (9/24-9/26) I implore you to carve out some time to check out the Osprey sponsored Nor’Easter event for guaranteed good times. (http://www.noreasterems.com/)
A three day festival of sport, music and conservation, the Nor’Easter is packed to the brim with fun for all including The Unified Bouldering Championships Pro Tour, A UCI sanctioned Cyclocross race, trail running events, climbing clinics, stellar live music and much more than can be mentioned here.
Osprey Packs will be on hand in space 54 with a full exhibit including free pack demos, sizings and fittings, great gear giveaways and all that is new for fall 2010 and beyond. (www.ospreypacks.com)We will also be running a fantastically cool 20% off promotion to celebrate Nor’Easter through Eastern Mountain Sports’ Concord and North Conway store locations (www.ems.com) so make sure you stop by for the details on this if you are in the market for a new Osprey pack.
If you don’t go to another festival all year you will want to make Nor’Easter this weekend to close out summer with a roar and greet autumn with some great outdoor fun-complete with soundtrack! See you there!
We know we’ve got a lot of bike enthusiasts out there, so we figured it was high time to launch a bike blog! Hop on over to the recently launched Osprey Bike Blog to find everything that’s bike related: videos, photos, features on non-profits, guest bloggers from every end of the bik spectrum, and of course, contests.
We hope you enjoy it!
Today we’re honored to feature this guest post by 88 Bikes Founder Dan Austin.
While galavanting through the hinterlands of Mongolia a couple of weeks ago, my brother Jared and I spotted an idyllic ger, set on a hillside, lit up in the sun. We hiked through the stubbled grass and were met halfway up the hill by three teenage girls, a couple little kids and an old fellow who looked like he’d been squinting into the sun across these eternal fields for the better part of eighty years. I asked him the question I always ask when traveling with 88bikes, but didn’t expect an answer. I was shocked when, after our fixer translated my question, the nomad’s rutted face broke into a huge grin.
Tell me about your first bike.
Congrats to Washington D.C. who this week launched the nation’s biggest (and maybe baddest?) bike share program, Capital BikeShare.
The program has 1,100 bikes at 100 kiosks in the District and Northern Virginia. With an introductory yearly rate of $50, which will go up to $75, or a day pass for $5, the new bike share program certainly competes with other modes of alternative transportation, which means you should probably consider killing those cab fares next time you’re in town.
This is our first time at Interbike, and we’re very excited about showing off all our new bike product! But we’re also excited about partnering with a fantastic cause, 88Bikes. All through today we’ll be selling Raptor 6 and Raptor 14 hydration packs with 100% of the proceeds going to supporting 88Bikes.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to 88Bikes in support of VILLAGES, their fifth and biggest project to date. From June through November 2010, 88Bikes is reaching out to children in Africa, Mongolia, Latin America and the United States, focusing on small rural locations where their bikes can have a major impact. The funds raised through the Osprey event will specifically support 88Bikes efforts to bring bikes to kids in the Navajo Nation.
Pick up a Raptor 6 for $20 or a Raptor 14 for $30 and know that you’re helping kids round the world discover the love of two wheels.
Editor’s Note: As of 12:17 p.m PST all the packs are officially sold out! Thanks to everyone who supported 88bikes and we’ll now be happy and hydrated out on the trails!
If I remember correctly, I started mountain biking in 1985. I worked all summer in West Vancouver landscaping to save enough money to get my first bike — a blue and white Gary Fisher Montare.
From the get go I was hooked, I mostly used my bike to get my skinny 15 year old legs stronger for ice hockey try outs in the fall, and ski season in the winter. By the summer of 1986, I started racing my mountain bike and had instant dreams of becoming the next John Tomac. Only a handful of people had mountain bikes at my high school in North Vancouver, which eventually became the place they call the North Shore — the birth place of free-ride mountain biking. One thing I remember most about riding back then was that you could get lost for hours and never run into a soul. Now, there is a constant flow of mountain bikers from all parts of the world.
This one’s made quite a few internet rounds in the last few weeks, and with good reason; who wouldn’t want to go to a bike store with 120 bikes hanging on the outside? Treehugger managed to snap a few more shots of this bike shop in Altlandsberg, Germany.
All I can say is “WOW” what a fun way to end the race season!
Because of shift work and home renovations, my final big race of the season was going to be another 24-hour solo event. Chico Racing puts on two 24-hour events a year, Summer Solstice and Hot August Night, as well as other Mountain Bike events.
Hot August Night is held in Bolton, Ontario and runs from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, although it may have been a tad hot, but no complaints since the three previous 24-hour events had been spoiled with rain. They set up a course that was fun for all riding abilities. There were some awesome fast single tracks, as well as some technical down hills, and yes — a lot of climbing.
As you may have heard, here at Osprey we love bikes. We love to ride them, we love to talk about them, and we love to build packs that facilitate a two-wheeled lifestyle. Which is why we thought it only fitting to launch our very own bike blog.
We’re here to make sure you’re inspired to live the two-wheeled lifestyle, be that on your commute, bombing down a mountain, touring the backroads of the West or simply just out for an afternoon jaunt.
We’ll have guest blogger posts, regular contests, cool bike stats, profiles on non-profits and daily bits of cycling inspiration.