Archive for February, 2011

February 28th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: Barcelona

Nothing makes us happier than seeing a separated bike lane… except for a separated bike lane next to a bike sharing station. This one’s in Barcelona, home to the Bicing system, which has been providing locals with easy access to bikes since 2007.

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.

Image: Fransesc_2000

February 26th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Skier tip#1

For a traveling athlete, a water bottle is like a multitool. Yours might be for hydration only, but mine is like a broom in the hands of a kung fu master.

I prefer hard water bottles for their versatility. Of course, I drink out of it, but it can also relax tight muscles and soothe sore knees.

Instead of transporting a cumbersome foam roller to events, I use my water bottle instead. Filled with warm water, the therapy is super effective and convenient in any ski lodge.

After the race is over and my bottle is sitting outside all day, it freezes pretty solid. Usually, this isn’t a bad thing though because a frozen water bottle makes for a great ice massage. By the time I finished icing both knees, the water is generally thawed and ready to hydrate.

For winter traveling and athletics, nothing beats having to schlep less gear. That’s why my water bottle is always on hand.

February 25th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Instead of Driving I…

If you’re reading the Osprey Bike Blog it means you like bikes, and that means that you probably, at least once in awhile, opt for getting out on two wheels instead of four. Well, it’s time to tell us about it!

We’ve got some packs up for grabs for the most creative “Instead of driving I…” answers. Begin your statement with: “Instead of driving, I…” We’ll pick the top 10 most creative statements and send you a pack of your choice from the MomentumMetronFlap24/7 or Resource Series. Your statement may even appear (anonymously) in a cool new video we are producing called, you guessed it: “Instead of Driving I…”

Contest ends on Monday February 28, 2011 so get creative over the weekend!

Cool eh? Find out more here.

February 25th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Friday Round-Up: Chasing Ice

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’re still in the full swing of winter, we decided to pay homage by picking “snow” for our February theme. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

We’re going to veer from the snow theme today and focus on something slightly similar: ice.

Chasing Ice Teaser Video from Extreme Ice Survey on Vimeo.

Chasing Ice documents the work of James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey, a project used to document climate change.

After watching this film teaser it’s hard not to ask, “what can I do?” Start by checking out the Extreme Ice Survey page with tips for reducing your footprint.

Happy Friday!

February 23rd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Vintage Cycling Maps

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!

Cycling is no new thing. In fact, people have been using two wheels since the early 1800s. And although these days you might map out your route with your iPhone, bike maps date back quite some time. So here’s some old school inspiration to get you planning your next ride.


February 23rd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Take Action: Don’t Trash Joshua Tree!

Have you ever been climbing at Joshua Tree? If you have, you can probably remember the warm desert sun on your back, the rock beneath your fingers, the magnificent sunsets and the smell of… garbage?! That’s right, developers are trying to put the nation’s largest garbage dump right next to Joshua Tree National Park.


February 22nd 2011 - Written by: Joe Stock

Where’d the Route Go?

Here's Antisana (left) and Antisana Sur in an article on new Antisana Sur mixed climbs. The Connelly-Stock (between route 3 and 4) doesn't exist anymore.

I want to climb Kimanjaro to see the little glacier on the summit before it disappears. Sounds like I’ll have to go soon because it’s almost gone. Around the equator, in Ecuador, it’s the same scene—disappearing glaciers. The equatorial regions aren’t liking climate change.


February 22nd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Travel Tuesday: A Language a Day

Did you know that yesterday was International Mother Language Day? February 21st was deemed a celebration of multilingualism by UNESCO in 1999.

Now we all know that having at least a small grasp on foreign languages is helpful when traveling. Even a simple “hello” “goodbye” “thank you” and “where’s the bathroom?” will take you far. So for your quick language fix, Lonely Planet has put together a week’s worth of languages. With one guide a day you get a quick and dirty intro to seven different languages that you can print out, cram into your pocket and perfect your linguistic skills.

So hop on over and get the following:

Image: mugley

February 22nd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

On The Road With Solitaire: Episode 1

In the high desert of South America, winter takes hold, devouring bleached bones and abandoned shacks. Into these most inhospitable of lands, a handful of drifters emerge from the whiteout, ready to cast their lot on forsaken peaks both merciless and magnificent. Venturing beyond the frontiers of most mountain films, Solitaire is backcountry riding forged in the tradition of Western cinema. Born in the spires of Argentina’s legendary Las Lenas, a lonely two-year journey begins through an abandoned world, wandering the length of a continent from Peru’s Cordillera Blanca to Chilean Patagonia. Lost in the winds of snowbound badlands and the blizzards of primordial forests; seen from a horse’s saddle and a paraglider’s wings; ridden on ski and board and telemark…

Solitaire fuses western-inspired tales of backcountry gambles into landscapes never before visited on film.

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“On The Road with Solitaire” is a 12-part webisode series following Sweetgrass Productions in the making of their new 2-year project, the South American backcountry ski and snowboarding film “Solitaire.” New episodes will be released on the 21st of every month. Stay tuned…

February 21st 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: Thailand

There’s something encouraging about seeing bike signs in foreign languages — it proves that bike support exists world round. This one was snapped in Thailand, and in the midst of winter and plenty of articles on related to riding your bike in the snow, it certainly gets us dreaming of warmer days.

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.


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