Everyone knows the feeling of getting something shiny and new. It could have been your last birthday, or Christmas, or maybe a little treat to yourself after a momentous occasion, like finishing school.
I just bought a brand-new iPhone. I baby that thing like it is made of glass. I make sure the face is clean or that it is not getting stored with any sharp objects on my ride to work. I even put it in a little cloth bag on mountain bike rides to preserve its shiny, almost-new sheen. Some might say I go out of my way to do so.
Rios Libres at Mountainfilm: Spoken Word + Multimedia Performance by Craig Childs, Timmy O’Neill + More!
At Mountainfilm? Don’t miss a very special performance tonight by Craig Childs, Timmy O’Neill and others in the Rios Libres crew.
This will be a powerful multi-media performance. Master wilderness story-teller Craig Childs, backed up by an all-star band consisting of the outlandish and legendary Timmy ONeill on drums and others, will be on stage giving the story behind the scenes for Power in the Pristine, taking you on a journey from ice cap to sea in Chilean Patagonia. This source to sea exploration will give the viewer a visceral sense of what it is like to travel on one of the most remote and beautiful free-flowing rivers in the world that is threatened by a mage-hydroelectric project.
Sheridan Opera House, 9 p.m.
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. We kicked off the month with 5 Point Film Festival, and we’re counting down the days to Mountainfilm in Telluride, so this month we’re devoting it to… you guessed it: film! Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
We’re smack dab in the middle of Mountainfilm Festival, so this Friday we’re going to share a few of the films that we’re digging here in Telluride. Thanks, and happy Friday!
COLD: Ascending an 8,000-meter peak is never easy. In winter, with temperatures plummeting to 30 below and colder and with snowstorms raging, it is nearly unthinkable. More…
TOWERS OF THE ENNEDI: The Ennedi Desert in northeastern Chad. It’s a hot, sand-scoured and unfriendly place, but from its vast belly rise clusters of spires, towers and rock formations that are breathtakingly lovely. More…
LIFE CYCLES: With this film, Life Cycles co-creators Derek Frankowski and Ryan Gibb have changed the visual aesthetic of mountain biking forever.
CHASING WATER: In Chasing Water, photojournalist Peter McBride sets out to document the flow of the Colorado River from source to sea. A Colorado native, McBride hails from a ranching family that depends on the Colorado for irrigation, and this is the story of his backyard. More…
TRUCK FARM: Forty-eight minutes may seem awfully long for a film about a truck farm. After all, how much can a filmmaker say–that is interesting–about a truck that has been converted to grow plants in the back of it? More…
Being fortunate enough to live in the Four Corners region of Colorado, where the towering San Juan Mountains merge with the wide open high deserts and canyon lands of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, I am often tempted to believe that we are the center of the mountain biking universe.
With so many world famous trail destinations available in our backyard, it seems there is no need to pack up the gear and head for distant singletracks. After all, our summers are filled with day long epics along the alpine trails in Durango and Telluride; winter days are passed riding the roller coaster slick rock around Moab or searching for vortexes in Sedona; spring finds us celebrating the cycling lifestyle in Fruita or Grand Junction and riding Crested Butte in the fall is to die for. Sometimes a catalyst must arise forcing us to escape our “bubble” and seek out new riding areas. Dirt Rag’s DirtFest event in central Pennsylvania was just that catalyst for me.
A year ago Osprey asked me, “You doing the Rendezvous this year?”
My response: “There is absolutely nothing I want to do in West Virgina.”
So against my will, I packed up and headed North… or West. Whatever direction it is, it’s a long way from Jacksonville, Florida. Fast forward a year and there I was, round two. I figured my first Rendezvous was amazing, so #9 has to be better right? Once again, I wasn’t disappointed and though its fresh on the mind, it seems another Rendezvous has come and gone.
And to think, despite the uncharacteristically sun-filled skies, the cloud of Rapture almost ruined the show. If you’ve never heard of the Rendezvous, thumbed over it in a climbing mag, or had it on your bucket list for years, get out the calender and mark the dates now! Rarely does one find a place where the quality of the rock is outdone by the quality of the people. Maura, Kenny, and all the folks at Waterstone Outdoors deserve a huge thank you for their efforts. Can you imagine trying to provide dinner and breakfast to a thousand climbers? All the while holding comps, clinics, crash pad sumo, run & chug trail races, demos and late night dancing that can only be described as the Jersey Shore meets West Virginia.
Like always, I’m glad to be home but kind of miss the camping, climbing, music and good people from Fayetteville, WV and beyond. I probably won’t make it back to West Virginia before next year but I’m certainly looking forward to the 10th Edition of the Rendezvous. If its anything like the 9th, I might just stay awhile.
Side note: The only downside to the weekend was the theft of samples and demos from several of the vendors on the final evening of the event. La Sportiva, Evolve and Trango all had product stolen from their booths sometime Saturday night.
Remember this: The world is a big place but the climbing community is small. Karma is a bitch… especially on your next lead fall.
It’s a simple site that will aggregate bike-travel and touring blogs into one place. This is pretty cool. It will allow you to tap into a steady stream of inspiring posts by different traveling cyclists and adventurers from around the world.
On a bike trip and blogging? Submit your bike-travel blog and, once approved, your posts will appear in the feed. To submit your blog now,visit the site and click on “Submit Your Blog” in the top menu.
Something to fuel your bike travel wanderlust!
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!
I’ve been skiing for so long that I’ve never felt like I needed to learn the sport. I started off in ski school thanks to my parents at the ripe old age of three and have been on various teams since then. Now that I am trying to learn some new sports, I have come headlong into an issue: how do you do it?
Mountainfilm Festival kicks off this week in our beautiful backyard of Telluride. Currently in its 33rd year, the Mountainfilm Festival is a four-day, six-senses experience of art, adventure, culture and the environment. It attracts filmmakers, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers and explorers from around the world. The theme for this year’s festival is “Awareness Into Action”. It’s amazing to get so many people that are so passionate about important causes together in one place and we’re excited to connect with amazing people and organizations that we support, like Timmy O’Neill, Shannon Galpin of Mountain2Mountain, James Q. Martin and Chris Kassar of Rios Libres, Dan Austin of 88Bikes and Sweetgrass Productions.
Below, we’ve included a couple trailers of films that we’ll be watching at this year’s festival.
The spirit celebrated at the festival may be of a vital eco-system or a fragile one. It may be of an endangered culture or of one courageous soul. It may be of a grassroots sustainability movement, the struggle of a species on the brink of extinction or captivation of the pure spirit of adventure. In whichever case, it is always a spirit that is unique, important and eminently laudable.
Along with thought-provoking, inspiring conversations, Mountainfilm Festival is packed with some killer events! Visit the Mountainfilm website for details and check back here, we’ll be live-blogging throughout the festival.
Since it’s National Bike Month, we’re celebrating all month long with our Where’s Your Adventure? Photo Contest. Boating with a bike is pretty adventurous if you ask us, so congrats to this week’s winner, Dean McCollom, who submitted this shot from a trip on the Blackfoot River in Montana. He not only scores a yearlong membership to Adventure Cycling Association, but also a brand spaning new Raptor 6 hydration pack!
Want to enter the contest too? Give us your most adventurous cycling photo; it can be from a gnarly section of single track or bombing down an urban hill on your single speed. Just upload your photo to our Flickr pooland tag it with “adventurecycling.” Every week during the month of May we’ll be picking our favorite to win an ACA membership and a Raptor 6. At the end of the month we’ll leave picking the winner up to you, getting our fans to vote and choose our People’s Choice Winner.
Note: Osprey will retain the right to images for future use in blog posts. And please note that we can ship to U.S. addresses only.