Archive for October, 2010

October 29th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Half Dome: Slower, Heavier and Almost Free

I love climbing.  I really do, and maybe that is why it frustrates me so (so so so) much sometimes. There is always another route, harder and longer, waiting to be done as soon as you clip the anchors on the last route you are still finishing. It is constantly motivating and driving me; and often times frustrating me. But in the end it is always inspiring and brings me to the most amazing places along side the most amazing people.


October 29th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Off to the Start

6:00AM and folks are waking up, chowing down some food and trying to keep the butterflies at bay! Race starts at 8:00AM, from Red Cliffs Lodge. First section will be Riverboarding – Brrrrrr. Temps are in the low 40’s right now so that ought to be a pretty chilly way to start the day. Teams will transition into a long kayak section on the Colorado River and by mid-morning should hit TA#2, which will take the teams off into the red rock country for some climbing and canyoneering. Ropes course was set up this year by Jay Smith and Dave Madera, who have put together the ropes sections for the past few Primal Quest races. This should prove highly challenging for all teams! Can’t wait to see it.

October 28th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Team Osprey to start in Adventure Racing National Championships this weekend

Adventuring Racing National Championships will start on Friday morning, in Moab, UT. Team Osprey is led by Scott Swaney, a hold-out from the 2009 Primal Quest team that raced in South Dakota. Joining Scott on Team Osprey for the Championships are renowned navigator Travis Macy, top adventure racer Jon Brown and former pro mountain bike racer Gretchen Reeves.
The race is hosted by CheckpointTracker and Gravity Play and will put the racers through a series of grueling challenges ranging from mountain biking, trekking, climbing, kayaking and all while navigating from checkpoint to checkpoint.
Swaney is proud of the team and has high hopes heading into the race.
We will know on Saturday night if those hopes are spot on!!
Good luck from the whole crew at Osprey!

October 28th 2010 - Written by: Joe Stock

Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center

Crane hauling one of the 30-pound steel pipes 2,500 feet up to the 5,005-foot summit of Harp Mountain.

Avalanche centers continually struggle for money. The Chugach Avalanche Center was started with an earmark from the late Uncle Ted Stevens. That money is drying up and the Avi Center has become more dependent on the Friends of the Chugach Avalanche Center. This is a fired-up group of backcountry users that volunteer their time to help out.

Checking levels on the instrument box.

Recently, I joined the Friends to install a weather station on the summit of Harp Mountain on Hiland Road near Eagle River. Crane Johnson designed a typhoon-proof tower and equipped sensors for wind, temperature and relative humidity sensors. Unfortunately funds didn’t allow a weather cam — they triple the cost of the station. We hauled the gear up the mountain, and following Crane’s guidance, Hiland Road skiers had live data by the evening.

Final tweeks on the anemometer. Through trial and error, Crane found that cables supporting a single tower doesn’t work. The cables get rimmed up, start vibrating and loosen. This tower was cheap, fast to install, and will last for years with little maintenance.

Today the Friends are having photographer Kris Erickson present at Anchorage’s finest establishment, The Beartooth Theater. The event on Thursday, October 28 is at 8 PM. This is guaranteed to be an awesome event with great photos, serious beer drinking, lots of gear door prizes and a gear auction. Last year Andrew McLean packed the house with 420 people and raised a heap of money for the center.

Thanks a ton for donating several Kode ski packs, Osprey!

October 28th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Ride of the Week: The Standoff

Your daily ride might involve a lot of things, but how often do you come across this? “You never know what you might run into during a seemingly normal ride around Banff, Alberta,” as Justin of Venture There says. We figured it was a fitting photo to end our Ride of the Week contest with.

Thanks to everyone that submitted! We’ll be announcing our grand prize winner next week. And even if your photo wasn’t selected, keep your eyes on the Osprey Bike Blog, because we’ll be featuring more contests soon.

October 28th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

New Comers To The Snake River Camp and Outdoor Adventure

Back in August we took my in-laws on a trip to Jackson, Wyoming — an adventure in the Tetons — a place that is near and dear to my heart, but a brand new experience for my in-laws. A great group of people with high spirits, and except for me and my wife, more experience relaxing on a beach then adventuring through the mountains and down rivers. This was definitely not a deterrent to get out and adventure, it was more of a drive to show them what outdoor adventure is all about. They were all strongly determined to have a great experience and explore my obsession for the Tetons.


October 27th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Take Action to Protect Wild Patagonia and WIN a Raptor 6!

Via Chris Kassar at Rios Libres:

Please take action to Keep Patagonia Wild!

Express your opposition to HidroAysen’s proposal to dam the Baker and Pascua – two pristine rivers deep in the heart of Patagonia, Chile by signing our petition HERE.

Help us get at least 1,000 signatures to let Presidente Pinera know that the international community wants Patagonia to remain pristine and without dams.

The rivers, wildlands and people of Patagonia need your voice!

How can you support Rios Libres and be entered to win an awesome Raptor 6? It’s easy.


 Sign the petition.

Share the petition on Facebook so all your friends can help, too.

Email your contact info to Chris.Kassar@gmail.com, and put “PETITION” in the subject line.


It’s that simple. Now cross your fingers, and learn more at RiosLibres.com and on Facebook.

October 27th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Red River Gorge + The Freedom To Climb

I had my first taste of apple pie moonshine recently. As I tilted the half-full (or was it half-empty) Mason jar to my lips I was expecting an oral inferno of paint thinner injected crab apple juice, but instead offered a surprised “delicious!” before belting another slug. Katie’s sister made it. This fruity flavored hooch, more hobby than authentic bootlegging, brought to mind our nation’s dip into Prohibition, (piously given the misnomer, The Noble Experiment) but also reminded me that I was still standing and sipping in a ‘dry county’. I was in Slade, Kentucky, at the Red River Gorge (RRG), the southeast’s preeminent sport climbing paradise, emceeing on behalf of Petzl America at the 10th annual Rocktoberfest, the autumnal celebration of all things climbing.


October 27th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Why Ride Your Bike?

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

Love this infographic from People For Bikes. If you haven’t signed their pledge yet, do so right now!

October 27th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

How To Stuff a Garifuna Drum In Your Osprey Pack

“The drums are the primary musical instruments of the Garifuna and these are used for ritual as well as secular purposes.”- from UNESCO’s Declaration of Garifuna culture as a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity.


Though I travel at least a week out of every month, I rarely bring home souvenirs.

I like practical things, things that won’t clutter, things that won’t require dusting.

I also like things that fit easily into my backpack. I travel light.

The Garifuna drum didn’t exactly fit into that category.



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