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Friday Round-Up: A Playlist to Get You Out and About This Weekend

September 30th, 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. It’s September and we’re living it up for all we’re worth this month to take advantage of these last days of summer. What is crucial to living it up in style? A really great playlist. So we’re dedicating this month to music. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

With the days becoming shorter and shorter, it’s time to take advantage of the warm, sunny days that remain… we think this playlist is a good start to get you up and out this weekend. Enjoy!

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Change Comes Through Effort: Ditch the Plastic

September 29th, 2011

I’m crammed into the middle seat of an oversold United flight, sandwiched between a close-talker and a person that is half in my seat in addition to his. Along comes the flight attendant, and even though I want to sleep this nightmare away, my coffee addiction is calling. I contort sideways to reach my bag at my feet, glad that I’m only 5’3” tall, or this maneuver would be physically impossible even with years of yoga. I’m just barely able to loop a pinky and remove my Klean Kanteen insulated thermos and present it to the aisle. The stewardess looks annoyed at my offering, then pours the coffee instead into a Styrofoam cup transfers it to my vessel, and then throws the cup away.

I can barely contain myself , but decide that today I won’t give her my rant: that we could power one million cars if we gave up our addiction to petroleum-based plastics; that Americans throw away half a billion plastic bottles a week, enough to circle the globe twice; or that most plastic ends up in landfills, oceans and fish bellies, and is never ever recycled.

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Breaking Trail and More Ski Stoke Courtesy Kim Havell

September 27th, 2011

Kim Havell has been peppering our email with endless shots of deep powder from across the world — Norway and Argentina to name a few — and good ol’ lines in our own backyard in Utah, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest. Needless to say, we’re already dancing for the snow gods in September. Thanks to Kim for the early fall ski stoke. We look forward to lots more of it from you!

Check out just a bit from Kim in the new film Breaking Trail via Powderwhore:

Warning! There are no shots of helicopters filming other helicopters or hankie-clad 16-year-olds hepped up on energy drink spinning to rap music. And you won’t win a Jeep if you come out to a premiere. You will find a mixed bag of highly talented and dedicated individuals who enjoy hiking out into the unknown in search of turns and adventure.

Good. Because that’s just how we like it.

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Thunder Mountain Trail and More Interbike Adventures

September 26th, 2011

Riding the knife edge ridges of Thunder Mountain

Each year every one that is any one in the bike industry packs up and makes the pilgrimage to Sin City, Nevada (otherwise known as Las Vegas). Our bike team here at Osprey Packs is no exception as we plan for months to join the week long flurry of activity that can make or break next year’s sales numbers. Even though the show is an absolute blast and a bike lover’s paradise, it can be very stressful with all of the business appointments, late night dinners and endless hours standing on a concrete floor. Our team of trade show warriors is experienced enough to know that the best way to survive the chaos of Interbike is to step onto that floor still reveling in the endorphins from an outstanding ride.

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Lane Love: Helsinki

September 26th, 2011

Every Monday, we post photos of cool bike lanes around the world. So what happens if a city doesn’t boast bike lanes for its cyclists? The cyclists take matters into their own hands… or wheels as it may be.

via PSFK:

Taking their cue from guerilla project in Berlin that utilized unsuspecting cars to paint the busy Rosenthaler Platz, the collective asked bikers to ride through Helsinki after their bike wheels had been coated with paint.

The effect, illustrated by the picture, is not necessarily a true permanent intervention. Rather, it displays a critical mass for those who use and want to use biking as their main form of transportation.

This happened a couple of years ago, but we still thought it was cool.

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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Friday Round-Up: Happy Fall!

September 23rd, 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. It’s September and we’re living it up for all we’re worth this month to take advantage of these last days of summer. What is crucial to living it up in style? A really great playlist. So we’re dedicating this month to music. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

Our friends at Innate Gear and Nau Clothing posted this playlist earlier this week and we’ve been rocking out to it for the last few days. via Cool Hunting:

Fall is all about motivation, preparing for the season ahead by taking stock of summer’s bounty. While melancholy at times—Bon Iver’s childhood memory “Michicant,” “Harvest Breed by Nick Drake—there’s plenty here to get you going too, from Little Richard’s “Midnight Special” to Kelly Rowland’s seductive “Motivation.”

Happy Friday and first day of fall!

Cool Hunting’s Harvest Playlist by coolhunting

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The Nor’easter Festival Powered by EMS

September 23rd, 2011

Are you looking for a fun way to spend the first weekend of autumn? If you are in the Burlington, VT, area this weekend, 9/23 to 9/25, look no further as the Nor Easter Festival Powered by Eastern Mountain Sports is set to rock your world in more ways than one! www.noreasterems.com

The Nor’Easter is a three day celebration of Sport, Music and Conservation with a majority of the weekend’s activities taking place in Waterfront Park in beautiful downtown Burlington. The Nor’ Easter brings together elite and amateur athletes, music fans and outdoor enthusiasts of all types in the heart of Burlington, Vermont, with highlights including: A festival village with top, outdoor gear brands and conservation groups, the Unified Bouldering Championships, A UCI certified cyclo-cross race, live music with the likes of G Love and the Special Sauce and Okervill River, free clinics with pro athletes and much, much more.

Osprey Packs will be on hand for the entire fest with a full array of all that is new in the technical pack world for  2011, free professional pack sizings and fittings, fundraising games, prizes and giveaways. We will have Astro, Elroy and Veer courier bags as well as Comet and Hornet Series daypacks on sale at the onsite EMS retail tent for 30% off retail and all Osprey Packs will be on sale at select EMS locations in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire for 20% off retail in celebration of the event.

Look for Osprey in the sponsor’s village and swing by to say hi when you get a chance as there is just too much going on to miss or list here!

See you in soon!

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Cairns Round II: Do We Need Cairns (Or Want) in Alaska?

September 22nd, 2011

Thanks Osprey blog readers for your helpful comments on my Tear Down the Cairn post. I realize it was written with some arrogance, but sometimes it has to be done to get a reaction. Below is a second go at cairns — this time, I kept it to Alaska. Keep sending your opinionated, but civilized comments so I can keep working on this project. Cheers!

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Rediscovering Madison: Two Weeks Without a Car

September 21st, 2011

I have been driving my car and learned to depend on it for almost every day since I turned 16. Two weeks ago my eyes were opened when my old Subaru Forester broke down. I pushed it into a parking spot off the street and began walking, biking and using mass transit to get from point A to B.

I live in Madison which is a bike friendly town, but I just never knew how much it was until now. I have biked to the bar, biked to the restaurant, biked to see friends, biked to a car dealership… I used to only get out my bike when I wanted to get in a workout and put some miles down on a backcountry road, but now I have learned that I want a bike in my life every day. I want to bike everyday!

I get out see the sun, listen to the wind and experience Madison in a slower but more intimate feel then I did before while driving. This new experience has also brought me to places that I have never been before and away from the suburbs, away from the chain stores, away from the 10,000 sq. foot grocery stores. I am buying local, I am eating local, and experiencing what this city is really all about.

I grew up in Madison. I moved back after college and never knew the East side of town like I do now, all of which I am still learning via my bike.

Jon Jugenheimer is an Osprey sales rep with Ames Adventure Outfitters. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, is addicted to climbing and loves fried chicken.

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Finding Anchorage’s Best Rock Climbing at The Wedge

September 20th, 2011

Hiking into the Wedge (right) on a rare Alaska trail.

Anchorage is legendary for bad rock climbing. The crags along the Seward Highway were awarded a top five in the worst climbing areas in the US. For that reason, I’ve never climbed on the Seward highway although it is just minutes from town. By driving an hour you get high quality granite in the Talkeetna Mountains near Hatcher Pass, but it’s tough to catch dry conditions at there. Then Kevin Wright showed Cathy and I “The Wedge”. Solid rock just outside Anchorage! It is a bike and then a hike, but it is close!

Here are some photos from our trip…

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