Archive for March, 2011

March 25th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Friday Round-Up: Bikes Makes Kids Smile

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 just wrapped our “Instead of driving, I…” contest, we’ve decided to pay homage to pedal-powered transportation for all of March. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

Sometimes it all seems so simple: give a kid a bike and good things happen. That’s what 88Bikes has been up to over the last month, as they’ve endowed 500 bikes to orphans in Mozambique and South Africa.

The endowments are part of 88Bikes larger VILLAGES project. The project, focusing on small, rural locations where bikes can have a serious impact, will also include villages in Mongolia, the Navajo Nation, and Nicaragua. Through the VILLAGES project, 88Bikes will be providing 1,000 bikes to orphans in the five countries.

These photos are proof that a bike can in fact induce happiness.


March 24th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

23 Feet: Simple Living For Outdoor Passions

We first met Allie Bombach when she came to intern with Osprey several years ago and we’ve watched her explode into one hell of a filmmaker. That’s why we’re psyched to be supporting her very first film, 23 Feet. The film tackles something close to all of our hearts here at Osprey — 23 Feet is film about a community of people who have made the conscious choice to live simply to do what they love in the great outdoors.


March 24th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Ski The Himalayas: Season 3, Episode 9

Ski the Himalayas is now in it’s third season of online “making of” podcast episodes born out of Ski the Himalayas first two feature length documentary films available this year on Dish Network and Comcast Xfinity VOD and Pay Per View. Look for Ski the Himalayas 2 on Dish and Comcast Xfinity on May 1st. We climbed a peak and survived an avalanche, those were just two instances along the way…

March 23rd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

The Power of Bike Lanes

In response to a comment that referred to New York City’s bike lanes as “homegrown terrorism,” Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson put out a memo that highlighted just how much good bike lanes are doing for the city, and how having a citywide policy that promotes bikes also promotes safety:

  • Bike lanes improve safety. Though cycling in the city has more than doubled in the last four years, the number of fatal cycling crashes and serious injuries has declined due to the safer bike network.
  • When protected bike lanes are installed, injury crashes for all road users (drivers, pedestrians, cyclists), typically drop by 40 percent and by more than 50 percent in some locations.
  • From 2001 through 2005, four pedestrians were killed in bike-pedestrian accidents. From 2006 through 2010, while cycling in the city doubled, three pedestrians were killed in bike-pedestrian accidents.

Read the full memo here.

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!

Image: Spencer T.

March 23rd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

On The Road with Solitaire Episode 2: In the Cradle of the Cordillera

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.


March 23rd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Take Action: Save Wildlife In SE Asia — Vote For Trevor Frost In National Geographic Channel’s Expedition Granted

via Elephant Journal:

More than 100,000 nature reserves or parks exist across the globe today to protect the world’s most beautiful places and important wildlife. Many assume that these parks ensure the protection of wildlife and habitats, but reports from the International Union for Conservation of Nature estimate that up to 70% of the world’s parks are failing to do their job — these parks have come to be known as “paper parks”. With little to no on-the-ground protection, funding for park rangers or even signs to outline park borders, these parks are literally just lines drawn on a map. In Asia, and in particular Indonesia, the problem is critical — the illegal wildlife trade is rampant and rates of deforestation are the highest in the world.


March 22nd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

2011 race season begins with trip to Cyprus and CA

3rd in XC. First 2011 US National race (ProXCT#1 Bonelli Park San, Dimas, CA)

Yes, my season is starting off well! This post gives an overview of my last four weeks. My 2011 schedule has races in the USA and ~eight other countries. It will be an exciting year.

As mentioned in my blog I spent the winter riding with Scott Morris exploring Tucson, AZ area trails, attending social MTB events, volunteering with Trips for Kids, and offering MTB skills clinics. The 2011 Race season began in February, ready or not!

Feb 5th SSAZ

The race season started by doing “race pace” efforts in Singlespeed AZ on Feb 5th. That race is so much fun, this year I got to ride with Jake Kirkpatrick, Tom Ament, Dax Massey, the Durango crew and other super fun singlespeeders. I was never able to catch Niner’s Tim Allen. Most of us got a flat at some point, mine was at the top of Milagrosa, I ended up finishing 4th (1st woman).

Neutral roll-out, chatting about how long SS bars should be

Getting heckled by Dejay and crew on the dirt road climb to singletrack.

The coveted mug with Rudi Nadler artwork!

Well, one of two mugs, Tim won the other one.

March 22nd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

World Water Day 2011: Responding To The Urban Challenge

One in two people on this planet live in a city. More than 900 million — live without access to clean water and 2.6 billion have no access to adequate sanitation.

Today is World Water Day. This year’s theme, Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge, aims to focus international attention on the impact of rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water systems and ultimately encourage governments, communities and individuals to address the challenges of urban water management.


March 21st 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: Map Routes

How do you plan a bike trip? Often it’s all about maps, maps and more maps.

We’re veering a little from our classic Monday version of Lane Love, simply because we dig this photo so much. A great interpretation of a bike route used to get from one point to another, whether it involved a bike lane or not.

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: Karen Foto

March 21st 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour Trivia

We’re proud to be sponsors of the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival and we’re excited that the national tour has kicked off in full force. The tour is choc full of awesome and inspiring films that are sure to make you laugh, cry and take action. Check out the tour calendar here.

And now for some trivia to get all of our friends psyched about the festival on tour…

This week’s trivia: Who is hosting the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on tour in Grand Junction, Colorado and what’s one fact about them? To answer, please comment on this blog post!

If you’re right, you’ll be entered to win an Osprey Packs 24/7 Axis daypack, a Klean Kanteen Reflect Kanteen a Power in the Pristine DVD. We’re running the contest all week and will announce a winner on Friday, March 25!


Whether your pack was purchased in 1974 or yesterday, Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge.