Archive for November, 2011

November 29th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: Going to the Dogs

Here at Osprey, we love our four-legged friends — especially the ones who are down to go just about anywhere with us… even on our bikes. Loving this photo via Copenhagen Cycle Chic. Want to check out more dogs on bikes? We thought so. Just click here.

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.

November 29th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

The Lost Mountain: Notes from The Mozambican Bush

Osprey athlete Majka Burhardt is making her way with a team of climbers, biologists and filmmakers this week to Mt. Namuli, a remote granite peak in northern Mozambique. Their mission: to explore the cracks and recesses of Mt. Namuli’s 700-meter cliff face, searching for new species of life.

Here’s the latest post from Majka and her climbing partner on the trip, Sarah Garlick…

Day 1

MB: I say goodbye to Ethiopia (intentionally), and to my new ultralight Thermarest (unintentionally). My first-ever spotting of the Congo appears initially out of a plane window, and soon through a propped-open plane door during a re-supply. Malawi and Mozambique bound.

SG: It’s 5:30 a.m. at Boston’s Logan Airport. I have a bad reaction to my anti-malaria meds and vomit into a trashcan at the airline check-in desk. I can feel the stares of the hundred or so early morning passengers in line behind me. Please let this not be a sign for what’s to come.

Day 4

MB: We hike the wide side of a long arcing bend in the trail to see Mt. Namuli on its other side. I requisition a flask of whiskey from an already drunk porter. Herpetologist Werner Conradie confirms the presence of crocodiles in the Malema River while we are hip deep, midstream.

SG: It’s dark. We’ve been hiking for 6 hours already and there’s nowhere to stop until we get to the Queen’s hut at the base of the mountain. Our guide Cotxane (pronounced co-chan-ee) says it’s only 30 more minutes, but I don’t believe him. We are a group of thirteen—climbers, scientists, guides, and porters—hiking single-file through the bush, illuminated by the narrow light of four headlamps. I can’t help but think about lions and spitting cobras, the former apparently hunted out from this area, the latter we’ve already seen, but with any luck not active at night?

Read the rest of the story from Majka and Sarah over on The Lost Mountain blog

Majka Burhardt is a writer, climber, and AMGA-Certified Rock Guide who lives in Boulder, Colorado… when she’s home. Lately she’s been spending a lot of time searching for stone in Africa. Stay posted on her adventures in Mozambique over on The Lost Mountain site.

November 28th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Polar Immersion: The Ski “Cruise” – 2011 Antarctica Ski Expedition with Ice Axe Expeditions

As one of the best last ski frontiers on our planet, Antarctica is a remote ski destination. Slowly exiting the Beagle channel on November 9th, it took us two days to cross the infamous Drake Passage to reach shelter within the South Shetland islands, a chain that buffers the Antarctic Peninsula from the big seas. The islands also offer a first glimpse at some of the spectacular and easily accessible ski terrain.

We arrived to a place with no one else, with endless first descents and up to 9,000-foot peaks straight up from the ocean. This is a backcountry skier’s dream realm, but it also comes with some harsh realities. Antarctica is a moving target.

With endless route possibilities, Antarctica also puts forth challenging obstacles that have to be carefully navigated such as abrupt weather changes, tricky small boat “zodiac” landings, pack ice movement that can trap a ship, lurking crevasses in the glacier, and other objective hazards.

To read more about an Antarctic ski adventure and to check out some beautiful photos, please visit powdermag.com.

November 25th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Friday Round-Up: Have a Happy Weekend!

It’s a beautiful Friday and a happy holiday week here in the US. Give your loved ones an extra squeeze and get outside to find some adventure this weekend.

Happy Friday!

November 23rd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Bike Commuting: Here’s to the Hardcore Winter Riders Among Us

With winter weather hitting most of the US in full force, it’s sometime a little more difficult to strap on that helmet and pedal your way around town when you’re facing freezing rain, snow or just chilly temps. But for those of you who brave the cold each and every day to ditch your car and ride your bike, we salute you!

And here’s a few tips we like to employ when the going gets tough:

  • Be prepared. Sure rain pants may not be the hottest threads to wear around town, but they sure will keep you warm and dry. Depending on what weather you may face, make sure you’re prepared with warm, winter gear: merino long underwear, burly rain gear, waterproof/windproof gloves and a cozy hat and scarf are a few of our faves.
  • Stay hydrated. No matter how prepared you are in gear, you’re still likely to get chilled on those really nasty days, so we like to pack a thermos of hot tea, coffee or hot toddy (we don’t judge) to warm us up when we get to our destination.
  • Get your snack on. When you’re pedaling in freezing temperatures your burning some major calories, so make sure to keep your body cranking throughout the day. Our favorite on the go snack: nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate.
  • Indulge with fellow bike commuters. There’s nothing quite like meeting up with other soggy, rosy-cheeked folks after a long, cold commute. So plan to catch up with your friends over some warm soup, a sweet treat or a warming happy hour drink!
  • Give yourself a pat on the back. Bike commuting in the winter is not for the faint of heart, but you’re out there breathing in that crisp winter air, breaking a sweat each morning and pedaling your way through another season. And you know what all the commuters think of you when they see you zipping through traffic? Well, one: they thing you’re crazy. But two: they’re thinking, wow, that person is a rockstar! Seriously.

Happy winter + bike commuting!

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!


November 21st 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: Love in the Bike Lane

We stumbled across this wonderful nugget of bike love over on Love in the Bike Lane… thought it was perfect to inspire a little Lane Love this Monday!

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.

November 21st 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Happy To Hit The Slopes: Skiers Snow Day Makes Front Page of Seattle Times

A skier enjoys the powdery slopes of Crystal Mountain, which celebrated an unusually early opening day on Friday, as did Mount Baker. Photo courtesy The Seattle Times.

What happens when you sneak out for a Friday ski session on opening day? Sometimes you make the front page… so much for flying under the radar.

We’re loving this shot of a skier hitting the powdery slopes at Crystal Mountain — and the hot Osprey pack he’s rocking. Definitely has us thinking of ducking out early to catch some early season turns ourselves…

PHOTO via The Seattle Times frontpage Sat 11-19-11.

November 21st 2011 - Written by: alison

Harvesting Food and Getting Ready for Winter Cliff Hucking

It’s that time of year to dream… snow is on the ground, yet only enough to possibly shatter a knee cap in between turns of glee. This year, I know I’m ready for ski season when our root cellar is full.

A year ago, we moved to Holy Terror Farm to try to grow and raise all our own food, with the important exceptions of coffee, chocolate and salt. Growing all that food for winter is quite a project!

I learn new things daily…

  • that you can pull up cabbage root and all, and it will keep on the shelf for months
  • that celery root doesn’t taste like celery and can keep all winter
  • that my beets like to sprout in the dark in storage
  • that making grape jam is easy after making grape juice
  • that my freshly rendered pig fat makes scrumptious pie crust and the best ever hand lotion
  • that our chickens can do an egg laying revolt, or can decide to run our rooster out of our place and into our neighbors’.
  • that our rome apples turn red when you cook and preserve them.

So, in short, when all of the food is preserved and ready to keep our bellies full all winter, I’m ready to SKI!

I look forward to seeing you all out there filming on some remote mountain or at one of my Rippin Chix camps with Osprey demos! Happy winter and skiing!

November 18th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Friday Round-Up: A Photo Gallery to Inspire Weekend Warriors

Early season ski at Blackcomb British Columbia. Cold smoke and no lift lines… Photo courtesy Andy Traslin.

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 week. We call it the Osprey Round-Up… Happy Friday!

The weather has turned in the U.S. We can see our breath in the mornings as we bike to work, we can see the snow-capped mountains taunting us throughout the work-week and we’re already packing up the car to get a headstart on our weekend adventures.

We’re always psyched to see folks getting out there and getting after it, exploring and reconnecting with wild places and their own wildness — and putting our packs through the ringer. We’ve been loving all of the photos our Facebook fans have posted over the last couple of weeks, so we decided to highlight a few of our favorites today to inspire us all to head for the hills this weekend.

Happy Friday!

November 17th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Ditch Your Car: High Heels and Two Wheels via Adventure Journal

High Heel + Two Wheels

Thanks to Adventure Journal for today’s ‘Ditch Your Car’ inspiration!  Knowing that style and bikes can blend beautifully together, we’re ready to make like Erin and ditch our cars as well!

via Adventure Journal:

Meet Erin. She is responsible for High Heels and Two Wheels, a Tumblr, and she describes herself thusly…”I sold my car on July 23, 2010. I rely mostly on my bike to get around Charleston, SC. I can be best described by a co-worker introducing me to a new employee: ‘This is Erin, she wears the highest heels and the shortest skirts and still rides her bike to work everyday.’ Follow my musings on my life without a car. Perhaps you’ll start biking too!



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