Archive for March, 2011
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!
In the wake of last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, we have seen many news articles with photos of people moving their belongings by bicycle and yesterday, CNN posted a video about an 82-year-old woman who escaped the massive tsunami… on her bicycle. While the wounds of last week are still fresh and a nuclear disaster is looming, we found some of these photos to provide a bit of hope.
Already one of the world’s great bicycle nation, Japan is seeing a bicycle boom in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami. Here are some photos featuring bicycles in the ravaged tsunami zone.
For more ways to help our friends in Japan, visit our post from earlier in the week here.
This past weekend, I attended Paradox Sports’ Gimps on Ice event in Ouray. Paradox Sports is an organization that provides inspiration, opportunities and equipment to the disabled community, helping them to continue to participate in outdoor sports despite the odds. I had heard many great things about this particular event from my friends involved, namely Osprey sponsored athlete, Timmy O’Neill. In that sense, I felt prepared to be inspired. Little did I know that I was going to have the most profoundly life changing experience of my life.
Recently, Osprey became an official corporate sponsor of Paradox, and I was proud to be in attendance to represent our company. I came equipped with a bit of schwag to better represent Osprey and also to help raise money and enthusiasm for Paradox. The evening after our first climbing day in the park, Timmy and I got together to determine how best to go about raffling the grand prize, a Variant 37. We decided that the best use of that prize would be to present it to the individual who most inspired all of us, Austin Bushnell.
Austin is a young man with a brain deterioration condition. He has a seemingly endless supply of enthusiasm and self-motivation. With the help of both Chris Folsom and Chad Butrick assisting him throughout the entire route with gear placement and tips, Austin successfully topped out a climb, repeating “I will not give up, I’m going to the top” every inch of the way. Most everyone stopped in their tracks to witness this remarkable event, and I think we were all made better having witnessed this truly inspiring effort.
Paradox continues to grow, and yet will never cease to need help from the community in order to resume providing support to those affected by disabilities. Please visit their website, http://www.paradoxsports.org for information as well as how to support them.
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!
Where do you park your bike? Are you forced to lock it up to a stop sign every now and then on account of limited bike racks? Or is your city savvy enough to have some sweet looking parking spots installed around town?
We pulled some of our favorite and/or ingenious bike racks and parking from around the world together for some good bike eye candy.
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Down a dirt road, kicking up a roiling tail of dust behind the boat trailer we drive beside the Futaleufu river, further and further into Chile’s wild interior.
Sunshine is bad for making powder, but great for exploring Alaska. After hearing reports from a friend, we grabbed our bikes and headed up to Hunter Creek in The Butte. The big gear question for the trip was should we take fat tires or studs? The first part of the ride was soft snowmachine trails—perfect for fat tires. But then we covered three miles of smooth river and lake ice where studs are best. Anthony took his fat tire Pugsly and only slammed the ice a few times. The rest of us took regular mountain bikes with studded tires.
Help Japan Poster designed by Max Erdenberger
Photos and videos of the destruction caused by last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan have quickly spread around the internet. Watching the aftermath from afar can be overwhelming, as we rack our brains for ways to reach out and show our support.
Help Japan Poster by Zac Neulieb
Our friends at Matador put together a list of ways that we can all help the victims in Japan.
Text a donation
All donations will be added to your monthly cell phone bill.
Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.
Text “MED” to 80888 to donate $10 to the International Medical Corps.
Text “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army.
Text “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 to Save the Children’s Emergency Fund.
Text “4JAPAN” or “4TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10 to World Vision.
Text “JAPAN” to 50555 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving.
You can also donate via any of the above organizations’ websites.
Besides texting or completing your donation on the Red Cross website, the organization has also set up a “causes” page and is accepting donations through Facebook.
Writers and publishing professionals have donated lots of great prizes for this auction, of which all proceeds benefit the Japan victims via the British Red Cross. Donated prizes include a “first chapter or short story critique” and “four-week telephone mentoring sessions.”Although bids must be in UK Pounds, winners can be from anywhere in the world, and bidding is from 8 a.m. GMT on Tuesday, March 15th through 10 p.m. GMT on Friday, March 18th.
Mercy Corps is working to help survivors of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami through one of their partners – Peace Winds. On Monday, Peace Winds helicoptered emergency supplies to families evacuated from their homes in Kesennuma. According to the website, a donation to Mercy Corps will be used to meet “both immediate and long-term needs of the earthquake survivors.”
More ways to help here.
Ah, Copenhagen. A bike lover’s dream city.
In fact, in all of Denmark, 36% of adults ride their bike to work at least once a week, and 44% of Danish households don’t own a car.
Copenhagen alone has over 340 kilometers of bike lanes. Which is why we have a serious crush on it.
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.
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…
Today’s trivia: where was Felt Soul Media‘s Eastern Rises filmed? To answer, please comment over on the Osprey Packs Facebook page post. Hint: if you’re stumped, you can find the answer by visiting the Wild & Scenic website.
If you’re right, you’ll be entered to win an Osprey Packs 24/7 Axis daypack and an Eastern Rises DVD. We’ll announce a winner at the end of the day!
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It’s that time of year again… We’re revving up for one of our favorite events — Red Rock Rendezvous!
Kicking off this Friday, we’ve got a ton going on including: sponsored climbing clinics featuring Osprey athlete Majka Burhardt, sponsored mountain biking clinics featuring Osprey athlete Alison Gannett, a book signing with Majka Burhardt, Alison’s Green Trivia Quiz, daily sizing and fitting clinics, free technical hydration and climbing pack demos, great gear giveaways and much, much more!
Last weekend was the third annual Alaska Ice Climbing Festival in Portage, Alaska. The fest is geared to climbers of all levels with several evening parties, a slideshow by Alaska Range alpinist Mark Westman and two days of clinics covering everything from a junior skill builder to advanced climbing.