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February 16th, 2011

At Osprey headquarters in Cortez, CO we strive to reduce our carbon footprint as best we can. One easy way is to drive less. In rural Southwest Colorado, we really only have two options: carpooling in winter months and riding our bikes in the spring, summer and fall seasons. We do have a couple hardy souls that ride during the dead of winter!

We’re curious about our fans who live in urban areas. You have access to a variety of commuting options instead of driving. Light rail, buses, trains, walking, skateboarding, scooters, rollerblades, swimming… all provide alternatives to get to work, to the gym, to the coffee shop, to band practice, to the library. All without driving.

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 Momentum, Metron, Flap, 24/7 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 Monday February 28, 2011. In the event that a requested product is not in stock, Osprey Packs, Inc. reserves the right to substitute a product of equal or greater value. Winners will be picked and notified on March 1, 2011.

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  1. Anna
    February 16th, 2011 at 17:48 | #1

    I learned to ride a bike on the crazy streets of San Francisco. I began with short trips to local produce markets, and my friends’ house. Then I joined the local bike coalition, sold my car, and now I ride my bike all over the city, and combined with public transportation, ride to neighboring cities as well. I’ve never had more fun, and I only really miss my car’s awesome stereo system.

  2. Anna
    February 16th, 2011 at 17:51 | #2

    Instead of driving, I learned to ride a bike on the crazy streets of San Francisco. I began with short trips to local produce markets, and my friends’ house. Then I joined the local bike coalition, sold my car, and now I ride my bike all over the city, and combined with public transportation, ride to neighboring cities as well. I’ve never had more fun, and I only really miss my car’s awesome stereo system.

  3. Ian
    February 16th, 2011 at 18:23 | #3

    Instead of driving I ride the old fixie down a two mile down hill, then home again after school, in the spring summer and fall, and in the winter I walk the walk everyday, rain or shine, ice or sun. Provides an excellent relaxing experience everyday before a long day of class.

  4. February 16th, 2011 at 18:42 | #4

    Instead of driving, I walk the mile to go climbing, and if I need to get to town, which is 6 miles away, I hitch a ride. Living in an off-the-grid cabin on a nature preserve 7 months a year, with no vehicle, does have it’s advantages!

  5. Kerry
    February 17th, 2011 at 10:19 | #5

    Instead of driving, I haul my black lab to and fro in a modified bike trailer– her 60 pounds and the trailer’s 30 give me reason enough to eat dessert. On the days she stays home on the couch, instead of driving, I put on running shoes and cruise the 5 miles to work–lucky for me it’s downhill on the way there. And when the Portland weather is beyond rainy, instead of driving, I stay warm and dry while people watching on the bus. My mix and match alternative transportation commute keeps me healthy, happy and in touch with the world around me.

  6. February 17th, 2011 at 10:31 | #6

    Instead of Driving I RUN! I use my own alternative fuel sources: food + my muscles. Sometimes people look a bit alarmed to see a young woman running down the street in regular clothing and I’m like, “I know what you’re thinking but no one is chasing me, I’m running for the sheer joy of it!”

  7. February 17th, 2011 at 12:04 | #7

    work-to-home
    Strategically drink a beer until I can see the bus rounding the corner. Pound beer. Run out to stop; barely catching bus. Ride for approximately 13 minutes. Deboard at train stop. Wait. Sometimes read. Wait. . Take train across the river. Deboard. If bus is expected within 3 minutes, wait for bus to aid journey home. More than three minutes, walk home. Walk 26 blocks with a scary look of determination splayed across face, as I morph into “speed walking while trying to maintain my composure,” “i look casual right?” “why oh why is this laptop so heavy” mode. Experience satisfaction as I scale the curved staircase leading to my apartment. Reflecting internally, “life is good, I love portland, driving sucks, parking sucks, **** this is a cool staircase!, happy to be home.”

  8. Louis
    February 17th, 2011 at 14:15 | #8

    Instead of driving I slow down and use my own two feet

  9. Nate Sofie
    February 18th, 2011 at 18:13 | #9

    Instead of driving I strap on my rollerblades (or snowboard in during winter weather) and have my husky pull me to my destination. Now all I need is an osprey pack for him.

  10. Ian Mastenbrook
    February 18th, 2011 at 22:19 | #10

    Instead of driving, I use my 2 pistons to power my 3 bicycles throughout the state of Oregon leaving as little impact as I possibly can.

  11. February 19th, 2011 at 02:09 | #11

    Instead of driving I pack up and head out over the mountains, shunning the local eateries for more remote, out-of-the-way locales. I’ve been known to walk (and dance enthusiastically) to places miles away from home, over mountains, through woods, down dark, dank, narrow alleyways, and to locations little ventured in search for food and a great experience.

  12. vic
    February 20th, 2011 at 16:21 | #12

    Instead of driving, I load the kids and their backpacks (one is an osprey jet!) on the sled and pull them to school!

  13. Sebastian Arana
    February 21st, 2011 at 08:28 | #13

    Instead of driving, I ride my $40 bike everywhere, unless the bus gets me there more easily. Light rail, bus racks, hour long rides in the rain to soccer games – can’t miss those! – I’ve endured it all . . . waiting for the last bus of the night to come by, praying I haven’t missed it, or I’ll be spending the night a city away . . . . Running overstuffed groceries in my reliable, but uncomfortable shoulder bag (would love me a Momentum 34! :)) Maybe one day, I’ll be cool enough to own an Osprey pack, and, along the way, be happier! Thanks for the contest!

  14. February 21st, 2011 at 15:35 | #14

    Instead of driving I hoist the sails!

    http://vimeo.com/19548006

  15. February 21st, 2011 at 15:42 | #15

    Alex :
    Instead of driving I hoist the sails!
    http://vimeo.com/19548006

    Posted faster than I finished reading. That doesn’t work as well for urban areas. For urban areas instead of driving, I kick my Loaded Vanguard SuperFlex longboard.

  16. james
    February 21st, 2011 at 16:10 | #16

    Instead of driving for the past three years, I take public transportation, walk or ride my bicycle. From trips to the grocery to store to visiting friends. Its not the easiest in cleveland ohio, with the weather and the city deciding to cutbus routes, but life prevails and I get to where I need to be.

  17. Albert
    February 21st, 2011 at 17:29 | #17

    Instead of driving , I strap on my waterproof backpack and clip into the pedals and ride like a mad man through rain and all the wind Dutch Harbor can dish out!

  18. Steve
    February 21st, 2011 at 17:38 | #18

    Instead of driving, I usually ride my bike. Unless there is snow, then XC skis are the ultimate mode of transport!

  19. David Bratley
    February 22nd, 2011 at 03:30 | #19

    Instead of Driving i get the train or walk.

  20. louis c
    February 23rd, 2011 at 11:52 | #20

    Zip silently between stationary cars on my condor Dixie

  21. Morgan O’Neal
    February 23rd, 2011 at 11:53 | #21

    Instead of driving, I take the bus and do a lot of walking. Bend Oregon has way too many good places to get a beer and a car gets in the way.

  22. February 23rd, 2011 at 11:58 | #22

    Instead of driving, I walk. Every where. I have been on the island of Kaua’i backpacking (with my Osprey!) for 5 months. I have traveled the United States for the past year and every state I have been in, I have relied on walking, the bus when necessary and the kindness of carpooling strangers along the way.

    I try and do my part. I have tiny feet upon which to leave a small carbon footprint.

  23. Alex
    February 23rd, 2011 at 12:51 | #23

    Instead of driving I bust drifts and race snowplows with my feet.

  24. February 23rd, 2011 at 17:09 | #24

    Instead of driving, I breathe fresh air, make fresh tracks, explore hidden alleyways; my feet push pedals, my heart beats stronger, I live more fully.

  25. sherry
    February 24th, 2011 at 17:40 | #25

    Instead of driving I mosey to work, jog to the gym and pedal my two-wheeler to the store.

  26. Karla Fosbinder
    February 24th, 2011 at 20:18 | #26

    Instead of driving, I choose to pedal. When I ride my bicycle, there’s this amazing release that happens… I’m instantly breathing deeper, taking in the scenery, relaxing, and forgetting all the things in life that stress me out. Cycling makes me happy, so I choose to ride!

  27. Joe Welklin
    February 24th, 2011 at 21:27 | #27

    Instead of driving I…
    run through the rain,
    walk into the wind,
    skate under the sun,
    tramp beneath the trees,
    and bike alongside the birds.
    I let go of man and technology and traverse nature alone.

  28. Nagore Salaberria
    February 25th, 2011 at 00:30 | #28

    Instead of driving to work every morning and evening I cycle 4.7 miles of busy London roads, between black cabs, red buses and man-sized potholes. I have done it so, through the seasons, in cold, rain, snow and the occasional sun, for many years. I hope I will be able to do it for many more.

  29. Larissa Gribat
    February 25th, 2011 at 01:19 | #29

    Instead of driving I meet new friends at the bus stop and build mini snowmen with them if the bus is late.

  30. Phil Wells
    February 25th, 2011 at 03:00 | #30

    Instead of driving, i cycle 11 miles each way with a laptop sactual on my back and two bags on my handle bars one with a change of clothes for work and gym and the other with lunch and a towel. this is rather problematic as when a pedal my knees hit the bags on the bars.
    I need your help!

  31. February 25th, 2011 at 09:58 | #31

    Instead of driving, I like to cruise my zapato mobiles.

    *zapato means shoes in spanish

  32. David Nicholson
    February 25th, 2011 at 10:45 | #32

    Instead of driving, I prefer to be running late on my bike. Hammering to work is the best and besides, we’re all a little stinky here in New Mexico anyway.

  33. Colby Clark
    February 25th, 2011 at 10:50 | #33

    Instead of driving, I use my Unicyle to get to my destination. While this seems like a waste of energy, it works great with picking up the ladies! lol

  34. Laura Fixler
    February 25th, 2011 at 10:53 | #34

    Instead of driving, I start my Seattle mornings on my bike. Who needs coffee when you ride to work? There is plenty of wake-up power with the wind (and yes, some rain) flying in my face at 15mph. I’ve got freckles, so the mud splatter just blends right in.

  35. Peggy Vorwald
    February 25th, 2011 at 11:13 | #35

    Instead of driving, I stand in the warm California sunshine until the bus arrives (those blissful moments almost make me forget I live in LA), once on the bus I get to experience all the beautiful, diverse people that Los Angeles has to offer.

  36. Jacob Mellinger
    February 25th, 2011 at 11:21 | #36

    Instead of driving, I brave the world without a car. Luckily, I have a great bike that gets me where I need to go. If the weather gets bad, the bus or a taxi will get me there, but I’d rather be riding. Oftentimes, my desire to keep on two wheels trumps the precipitation, even if its snow like earlier this week!

  37. February 25th, 2011 at 12:29 | #37

    Instead of driving, our family sold our car on May 5th, 2004 and traveled by every other means possible. We hauled our two children in a Burley trailer until they grew old enough to fight with each other. (There were a few incidents of hair pulling and biting back there — doesn’t make for a good commute). Then, we used one Bike Friday tandem for the oldest, and we hauled the youngest in the Burley. Finally, we graduated to a triple bicycle. Now, the children are old enough to ride on their own, and neither of them remember when we owned a car.

    We’ve taken Amtrak across the country and the Railrunner to Albuquerque. We’ve traveled quite a bit by city bus. We’ve ridden in rickshaws in India. We’ve canoed down the Mississippi River with my friend and guide John Ruskey, (of the Quapaw Canoe Company). And we’ve done a lot of walking. Starting a backpacking trip from your front door and ending it at your front door is transformative. The wilderness is no longer some place you drive to.

    Instead of driving, we live large.

  38. Bryan
    February 25th, 2011 at 13:51 | #38

    Instead of driving I use my own power to get me from point A to point B most of the time. My favorite means of transportation is by my bicycle which I’ve slowly customized to handle the train found in the city. When I need to transport kids or gear I use a trailer. If I happen to be in no hurry I like to walk, I find it easier to smell the roses then when you blast past them on a bike. For the long trips I’ll take the bus or carpool and I’ve been really intentional lately to plan ahead and take Amtrak for long travel instead of a plane. Again I like to watch the scenery go by instead of hopping above it in the clouds. So there you have the ways I get around without driving.

  39. February 25th, 2011 at 13:58 | #39

    Instead of driving, I seek out the scenic routes to work, I talk to my neighbors, I laugh as I pass lines of traffic at rush hour, I gulp lungfuls of fresh air, I don’t pay for parking, I build endurance.

    Instead of driving, I live.

  40. Greg Hoffman
    February 25th, 2011 at 14:18 | #40

    Instead of driving I ride my bicycle, thoroughly enjoying all the sights, sounds and smells of my town that otherwise would not be experienced!

  41. nontastic
    February 25th, 2011 at 15:12 | #41

    Instead of driving, I live life.

  42. Caleb
    February 25th, 2011 at 17:37 | #42

    Instead of driving, I take a dog. Keeping an active lifestyle is easy with an active dog, so I get out with my dog for my morning Americano.

  43. Taylor Hammrich
    February 25th, 2011 at 20:53 | #43

    Instead of driving, I ride my bicycle as much as possible. It is hard to do in the winter months with all this snow so I often carpool to work at the moment. I moved back to my hometown in the last year, but I previously was able to ride my bike even in the winter. I enjoy heading down to the local co-op to pick up groceries on my bike. Not only does it save carbon emissions by not driving, but it also saves the waste of plastic and paper bags as I throw everything into my pack. My friends and I often ride our bikes to the local pubs to catch a drink or two!

  44. February 26th, 2011 at 03:03 | #44

    Instead of driving, I enjoy being independent, going where I want to go, when I want to go, how I want to go. No need to return to a car-park, no need to waste money on gasoline, no need to be stuck in traffic.
    Being flexible I use the tram, the underground, bike-rental or, what a surprise, my own two feet. During the warmer months I am on the way with my own bike and I have never experienced the city in this way.
    So, instead of driving, I am enjoying my commute.

  45. Michael Rasmussen
    February 26th, 2011 at 07:54 | #45

    Instead of driving to the gym I ride, instead of seeing taillights I see the world.

  46. Michael Rasmussen
    February 26th, 2011 at 08:04 | #46

    @Michael Rasmussen
    Instead of driving I ride, instead of seeing taillights I see the world.

    Instead of driving to the gym I ride and the world is my gym.

    Instead of driving to work I ride, arriving happier than the driven coworkers.

    Instead of driving myself to fat, I ride myself to lean.

    Instead of driving everyday and every way I ride when I can and bus when I must.

    Instead of driving like a responsible adult, I ride like a fun loving kid.

    Instead of driving and cursing traffic again, I ride and sing to my joy.

  47. Michael Kraft
    February 26th, 2011 at 08:54 | #47

    Instead of driving, I cycled across the entire country. My sister and I were going to plan a road trip and traded in four tires for two. With a program called Bike & Build we cycled from coast to coast to raise awareness for Affordable Housing. I know it’s not a trip to work and back, but it was quite an adventure.

  48. Michael Rasmussen
    February 26th, 2011 at 10:28 | #48

    @Michael Rasmussen
    Instead of driving I get on my full Portland Mojo and pedal to the organic co-op to pick up chicken feed and a growler of microbrew sipping from my water bottle filled with fair trade coffee.

  49. Michael Rasmussen
    February 26th, 2011 at 11:55 | #49

    @Michael Rasmussen
    Instead of driving I travel

    Instead of driving she rode, we met, we married.

    Instead of driving past the world try living in it.

    Instead of driving yourself everywhere walk and discover wonders everywhere.

  50. Michael Rasmussen
    February 26th, 2011 at 12:02 | #50

    @Michael Rasmussen
    Oh wait, make that …

    Instead of driving I fire up my full Portland Mojo and pedal to the organic co-op to pick up chicken feed and a growler of microbrew sipping from my hip flask of fair trade coffee on the way with a short stop at a food cart for a burrito or pad thai.

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