Archive for June, 2011

June 30th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy


Jason Remple looking out over Kootenay Lake

There is a certain comfort with the trappings of home. The familiar nooks and crannies of a house that one has grown up in, the hiding places, the comfort that is bred through this familiarity. The trails I grew up on evoke similar feelings. My travels take me all over the world, but my roots run deep into the dark forest loam of the Kootenays, my first home. I recently visited my hometown of Nelson for a few days, and managed to get out for a few mountain bike rides.

More than just the trails themselves, the feeling of re-immersing myself in an environment that nurtured me from a young age was a comfort in itself. The stoic and silent mountains that I grew up in seemed to welcome me as I climbed up the logging road towards the first Kootenay trail of my return. Even the scents of the forest seemed familiar, reminding me of my youthful adventures on the very same mountain.


June 29th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Outdoor Experiences in an Unlikely Place

Last weekend I, along with 50 other young leaders gathered to create programs that will reconnect youth with the outdoors. The event itself was a great success, but the best part was that we were in a setting where we camped, bouldered, and saw millions upon millions of fireflies. Did I mention that we were in New York City?

I never expected to camp within a football field of the ocean, but just a 30 minute subway ride from the skyscrapers of Times Square is a national park.  Certainly, I never expected to find some really good crack climbs in Central Park, but indeed, the northernmost side of the park has tons of them.

Having my eyes opened to such ‘outdoorsy’ experiences in such an urban setting makes me determined to spread the word. Outdoor experience can be found everywhere along with outdoor lifestyle. If you are outdoorsy in an area that usually isn’t, don’t hesitate to show a buddy your favorite spot. You might just help topple the ‘outdoors is inaccessible’ stigma.

June 29th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Remember to Leave No Trace When Backpacking this Season!

It’s summer and if you’re anything like us you’re probably itching to get out on the trail this weekend. With backpacking season in full swing, we thought it would be good to post a little refresher from the Leave No Trace Principles. Because it’s up to us to make sure our wilderness stays wild, healthy and fun!

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

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Learn more about Leave No Trace and the principles here. And remember, if you have an Osprey Pack, these principles are printed right inside your pack!

June 28th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Travel Tuesday: 10 Best Places to Hike in the U.S.

Where’s your favorite hiking spot? BootsnAll rounded up their 10 Best Places to Hike in the U.S. You might just want to make it your summer hiking bucket list.

  1. Zion National Park
  2. Grand Canyon
  3. Yosemite National Park
  4. Columbia River Gorge
  5. Denali National Park
  6. Glacier National Park
  7. Rocky Mountain National Park
  8. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
  9. Great Smoky Mountains
  10. Appalachian Trail

They’ve got some great hikes rounded up on each so be sure to check out the complete list.

Image: BoostnAll

June 27th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: London

Interesting combination of a cyclist and street art in London; urban living at its best!

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: loop_oh

June 24th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

What the Mountains Give

Writer and photographer Aaron Teasdale recently took his Osprey pack out on an adventure in Glacier National Park, complete with cycling and skiing.

From Teasdale’s blog:

We didn’t know we’d encounter two bears in a matter of hours, but Greg Fortin and I knew we were in for an adventure when we started pedaling away from Glacier Park’s Avalanche Campground parking lot at 8:20 last Friday night. It was an absurdly late time to head into Glacier’s bear-riddled backcountry, but, as a smiling old man once said to me when he saw me bicycle touring in a rainstorm, “You go when you can.”

We only had 48 hours before backcountry permit officials, concerned we’d interfere with road crews plowing record snow off Going To The Sun Road, insisted we be back. The road crews might have been miserable, we weren’t going to let that magnificent, once in a lifetime June snowpack go to waste. We were going to ski. With tent, sleeping bags, skis, and food for two days in our bike trailers, we set off for the mountains.

Five minutes later an enormous, glistening scat pile appeared in the road. Seconds later came the bear. Neither of us noticed it until the moment we passed it, standing on its hind legs and staring at us intensely not 20 feet to my right.

“Whoah!” we said simultaneously, looking at each other with the universal “holy crap we just saw a bear!” expression of raised eyebrows, open mouths, and bug eyes. We laughed, but I saw bears everywhere after that. Trees, stumps, rocks, everything looked like a lurking bruin in the dimming light. Still, we pedaled higher and higher into the mountains until, just as the day’s last light ebbed from the sky, we reached the trail to Granite Park where we planned to camp for the next two nights.

Stashing the bikes, we strapped skis to our packs and started walking. We’d been fairly jovial while pedaling, but now that it was dark and we were making our way through an eery burned forest, our mood mellowed. Darkness does that. Especially darkness in wild places full of bears when you’re the only humans for many miles around.

Read the full post, complete with excellent photos.

June 24th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Friday Round-Up: Happy Solstice!

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 couldn’t be happier that it’s finally June — which means we get to celebrate summer solstice — so this month we’re devoting it to all things summer related! Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

Well it’s official: summer is upon us. Tuesday marked the summer solstice, which meant the longest day of the year and the official start to one of our favorite seasons. But we’re not the only ones to get excited about summer; there were solstice celebrations around the world.

A man celebrates summer solstice at the marker for the summer solstice at the Kokino megalithic observatory June 21, 2011. The 3,800-year-old observatory was discovered in 2001 in the northwestern town of Kumanovo, 70 km (43 miles) north from Skopje, and is ranked as the fourth oldest observatory in the world, according to NASA.

So what exactly makes it solstice?

From National Geographic:

The summer solstice is a result of the Earth‘s north-south axis being tilted 23.4 degrees relative to the sun. The tilt causes different amounts of sunlight to reach different regions of the planet.

Today the North Pole is tipped more toward the sun than on any other day of 2011. The opposite holds true for the Southern Hemisphere, where today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

As a result, at high noon on the first day of summer, the sun appears at its highest point in the sky—its most directly overhead position—in the Northern Hemisphere.


June 22nd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Pedaling Change: World Bicycle Relief

There’s no question that bikes can provide independence and livelihood, especially in the developing world. World Bicycle Relief was founded on that exact idea, using bicycles to assist in poverty relief and disaster recovery initiatives.

Founded in 2005, WBR has an enormous amount of industry support, and for good reason: since its inception, the organization has distributed over 75,000 bicycles and trained over 700 field mechanics.

After seeing their efforts highlighted in With My Own Two Wheels, a film that we recently saw at Mountainfilm, there’s no doubt that WBR is doing amazing work.

We caught up with Matt Pierce to learn about WBR and the organization’s work.

What inspired the launch of World Bicycle Relief?

World Bicycle Relief was founded in January, 2005 in response to The Indian Ocean Tsunami. Cofounders F.K. Day and wife Leah Missbach Day traveled to Sri Lanka and found an acute need for basic transportation amongst those individuals struggling to rebuild their homes and their lives.

Why bikes?

The need was for simple, sustainable transportation. At the time, F.K. Day had nearly 20 years of experience as head of product development at SRAM Corporation and connections with some the worlds brightest minds in bicycle engineering. World Bicycle Relief was founded by SRAM Corporation and industry leaders to address this need.


June 22nd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Breast Cancer Fund: Climb Against the Odds

The Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds, an extraordinary mountain expedition and journey for breast cancer prevention, has finally arrived!

After months of training and fundraising, 34 women and men, survivors and those touched by the disease, are finally ready to challenge the 14,179-foot Mt. Shasta. One of our own, Rocky Mountain sales rep, Leta Sharpe is part of the team climbing this week. Please cheer her and the other members of the group on throughout the week!

Join the expedition June 19-25 on our blog, Inside Prevention.

Interested in joining next year’s climb? Contact the Breast Cancer Fund here.

June 20th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: Yarn Bombing Vancouver Bike Lanes

Colourful bike racks in downtown Vancouver

You learn new things all the time, and today was no exception. Did you know it was International Yarn Bombing Day a couple of weekends ago? This occasion was put to good use in Vancouver where the bike racks along one lane were beautified with yarn.

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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