Archive for January, 2011
We’re at Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival this weekend in Nevada City, California, checking out some great films and supporting some awesome causes.
Snapped this shot of some salmon + Osprey love last night at the premiere of The Greatest Migration. We’ll be giving away some packs tonight at the Celebrate Wild Salmon party, so if you’re in the area, swing by for some beer and giveaways!
Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since we’ve hit the ground running into 2011, we figured there was no better theme than “taking a leap”. So all month we’ll be highlighting people, organizations that are going for it — leaping, diving and running as fast as they can to live this life. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
Last week Chris Kassar, a member of Osprey cause Rios Libres, landed in Nairobi, Kenya for her 3 Peaks 3 Weeks expedition — you can read one of her updates over on Women’s Adventure Magazine. The annual climbing event raises awareness and money for non-profit organizations in Africa. Since its inception, 3 Peaks 3 Weeks has raised over $600,000.
From 3 Peaks 3 Weeks:
The 3 Peaks 3 Weeks Challenge is an annual all-female climbing event which aims to summit three of Africa’s highest peaks in three weeks, raising money and awareness for the three key issues currently facing Africa; environment, education and health.
The climbs of Mt Kenya, Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro aim to raise awareness for these peak issues and to support and encourage grassroots community organisations in Kenya and Tanzania who are focused on environmental, educational and health development.
Cheers to Chris for taking this leap!
Photo: Marc van der Chijs
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!
We do love a good bike lane shot, and this one’s from Glasgow, where a cyclist is happily riding underneath the busy M8. It’s always fun to see how countries around the world are encouraging their inhabitants to bike more, and bike lanes are a big part of that.
POWER IN THE PRISTINE PREMIER
Saturday, January 15: Great Hall, Doors at 9a.m.
Patagonia, one of the last untouched places on the planet is under attack. Big business seeks to choke two of the region’s most pristine rivers with dams and plans to decimate unique forest ecosystems to build the longest powerline in the world. Led by pro athlete, Timmy O’Neill and writer, Craig Childs, Team Rios Libres journeys from the source of the Baker River to the sea and learns why we must act now to Keep Patagonia Wild.
Join Osprey Packs and James Q. Martin for pack giveaways and an update on the Rios Libres campaign to keep Patagonia’s rivers wild.
CELEBRATE WILD SALMON PREMIERE PARTY
Saturday, January 15: The National Hotel, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Connecting ocean and forest in the Great Bear Rainforest and tackling an epic migration from Alaska to Idaho’s mountains, salmon are an integral piece of our cultures, ecosystems, food security and global economies. But to save them, we have to protect their habitat and restore migration corridors.
Join the filmmakers of The Greatest Migration and SPOIL for a beer and take action to protect wild salmon and the people, places and wildlife that depend upon them. Sierra Nevada brews, photo projections from iLCP and gear giveaways from Patagonia and Osprey Packs!
Make sure to catch The Greatest Migration and SPOIL on the big screen too! See full Wild & Scenic Film Festival schedule here.
My Blue town bike was stolen from my basement in SF last night, it was Americas most popular bike, a Trek FX.
Good thing it’s probably pretty easy for him to get a new one. And to the bike theft out there: you’re messing with the wrong guy.
What does it take to do an extensive thru-hike? Planning, planning, planning.
Travel blog Gadling has a great ongoing video series by writer Adam Kaufman who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail last summer. They’ve already covered two of the basics: gear and food. Hop on over, watch and get inspired!
2,000 plus miles is serious business. According to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, of the roughly 300 people or so that start on the trail every year, about 60% of them finish. Interested in learning more? Check out the PCTA’s website.
Have you ever done a thru-hike? Are you planning one for this summer? Tell us about it!
You can check out Gadling’s full series of PCT videos here.
Image: Miguel Vieira
Above is a shot of my high school team back in the day…
I just returned from the first annual NICA Awards (nationalmtb.org) ceremony where a selection of who’s-who in the cycling industry attended in addition to many coaches and athletes who were being recognized for their brilliant efforts. The cycling industry knows that the future of their sport lies in the youth, and thus they are investing accordingly.
A whole week of training at Meribel Ski Resort in the heart of three valleys in the Savoie region of France was ideal for preparing for my first telemark race of the season. I was looking forward to good food, a great team, and sunshine in a big way (Too much rain at my temporary home in Montreux, Switzerland).
In Switzerland, train travel is dependable and easy. Almost every mountain has a tunnel bored through it, and with Swiss infrastructure, train travel from point A to point B is sometimes faster than by car. Not so in France. From Geneva, my scheduled train connections would take me first to Champery, then to the train station nearest to Meribel, turning a two hour drive into a seven hour train ride. Not a big deal, I thought, as I packed a book and prepared to spend the day catching up on the life of one of my favorite tennis stars, Andre Agassi.
In previous years my greatest stress usually came on school exam days. I didn’t like the suspense of not knowing how teachers would decide to word questions, even though I knew the subject matter thoroughly. Travel plans often go awry with weather or delays, but upon my arrival in Geneva, I discovered a whole new level of stress. I was not prepared to discover that my second train did not exist. A loud group gathered around the French platform. As I schlepped my hundred pounds of gear closer, I could tell that something was up. There had been a glitch in the computer system, resulting in a hundred passengers booked on a non-existent train.
After changing my ticket, I realized that I wouldn’t make my connection to Meribel. Knowing that I had to figure out my situation on the fly, I boarded the train. Not having the restful day off I envisioned, I constantly pestered the train conductor in my Franglish to figure out how I was going to get to Meribel. Finally with 10 minutes left on the train ride, and with my demeanor filed as sharp as my skis, I was informed that the train from Champery would wait.
That night, after one of the French team members met me at the station, I recounted my story over dinner. I realized that there are some things that you just need to roll with when traveling in Europe. Plus a glass of wine tastes even better when you have overcome French mass transit and come within inches of missing a good time.
Above is a shot of my high school team back in the day…
I just returned from the first annual NICA Awards ceremony; a selection of who’s-who in the cycling industry attended in addition to many coaches and athletes who were being recognized for their brilliant efforts. The cycling industry knows that the future of their sport lies in the youth, and thus they are investing accordingly.
Nothing’s more exciting than having Timmy O’Neill come to your door and give you a Hornet 24. And a digeridoo. Help us get to 10,000 fans by January 20, 2011 and you might win too!