Archive for January, 2012

January 30th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: “Glimpses of Taiwan’s Cycling Scene”

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a cyclist in one of the largest cities in the world? We stumbled across Jim Peipert’s blog this weekend and began thinking, if Taipei, a traffic-clogged city with more scooters than bikes could develop bike lanes to allow its people to ride freely around town, why do only a handful of US cities have bike lanes?  See Jim’s post below and let us know what you think!

“I’ve been rummaging through the hundreds of photos that I shot last summer during a visit to South Korea and Taiwan, and found that I have several that provide a glimpse of Taiwan’s cycling scene.

The two-wheeled vehicle of choice in that island nation is still the motor scooter. The scooters are ubiquitous. They speed through the congested streets like swarms of killer bees. Hundreds more are parked on the sidewalks, blocking pedestrian traffic.

But use of bicycles has increased over the past few years as Taiwanese authorities have built thousands of kilometers of paved, illuminated trails and other cycling infrastructure.”

Read more.

Photo via: Jim Peipert

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.

January 27th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Friday Faves: Florian Schulz – To the Arctic Photo Gallery

Last week, wildlife photographer Florian Schulz transported us to the Arctic through his collection of beautiful images. We didn’t even have to leave our seats at The Conservation Alliance breakfast at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market to catch the chill of polar wind, hear the cries of migrating birds and feel our hearts thump as we watched baby polar bears fleeing from danger.

via Chris Kassar and Elevation Outdoors:

Schulz is, John Sterling of the Conservation Alliance told us, “a truly gifted story teller who transports us to places we may never otherwise get to visit.”…

He didn’t just “wow” us with images or stories of braving harsh conditions (though he did tell some amazing ones about that). His message was simple, clear, and inspiring: “My connection to the environment is something very emotional; it comes from the heart for me especially now that I have become a dad,” said Schulz getting noticeably choked up when talking about the arrival of his son in December. “I hope we can keep this planet the way it is for a while longer…. Fighting for this is essential.”

On Schulz’s website, he says:

“For many years now there has been strong interest in expanding oil drilling in the Alaskan Arctic, both on land and offshore. Many have considered the Arctic landscape a barren wasteland or a flat, white nothingness.

I take these sentiments as a personal challenge to document an extremely remote and mostly unknown area of North America — for a public that otherwise might never see it. It’s true that at first glance some areas may seem desolate or barren. But those same areas may be teeming with life just days later, with tens of thousands of migrating caribou, or wolves or grizzlies.”

While many of us have never been to the Arctic, as these images show, it’s a special, wild place full of life — and worth protecting. Learn more about what you can do to help protect it by visiting alaskawild.org.


January 25th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Ditch Your Car: This Mama Bikes in Heels.

We stumbled upon this article by Laura Wells last night and loved the fact that as a fashionable woman with a family, that she too, choose to ditch her car and get on the bike.  The result?  Less stress, no more battling of California traffic, saving on gas, saving the environment, quality time spent with kids on their commute and the list goes on.  Makes you wonder, why more of us don’t choose to DITCH OUR CARS.

“I’ve had such a journey with the cycling. Just a few years ago, the idea that I would become as passionate about cycling as I am now would be simply preposterous. How did I get to this place where I voluntarily ride this crazy-steep hill to work everyday…and I still turn out in the office consistently polished and in a dress, heels, lip gloss and perfume? I am not the type of girl to give up my style. That’s the way I ride!

I just took the boys to their evening Christmas school program last week dressed “fancy” as my first grader advised, in a black satin dress, a marabou vest and over the knee high heeled boots. I’ve also recently stepped out to the theatre in a short, satin cocktail dress. And to the bar in my bandage dress and 4” ankle boots.

And my driver’s license is NOT suspended, thank you. I have a nice Mini Cooper, I’d just rather cycle. It’s pure JOY.

How can something so bloody brilliant not be so obvious to us all? How did it take me so long to realize this?”

*Read more

Photo via: Nate Guimont. Thanks to Momentum Magazine for sharing this story.

January 25th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

What Are YOU Wearing Today? Osprey Atmos Series

Our Atmos Series for men provides ventilated custom fit for any backpacking endeavor. While friends and co-workers can be great at coordinating their day’s apparel, it may not be appropriate for the adventure at hand… like climbing to the top of a summit in Baja. Our Boys In Tutus are notorious for this. Luckily they chose the right packs, the Osprey Atmos Series.

The series that redefined expectations about weight, ventilation and comfort in backpacking just did it again. New in 2012, our radically updated AirSpeed™ suspension now provides customized fit, with fully adjustable torso length, interchangeable harnesses and adjustable hipbelt fit. It all adds up to an even better fit and greater comfort on the trail.

VIDEO via Red Reel

January 24th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

ACA receives 4 new grants for U.S. bike route system!

On October 4, Adventure Cycling announced the receipt of four new grants totaling $100,000 to support its efforts to create the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS).The grants came from a number of prominent foundations and a leading cycling business: $45,000 from the Tawani Foundation; $30,000 from the SRAM Cycling Fund; $15,000 from the Surdna Foundation; and $10,000 from the Lazar Foundation. The grants from Tawani, Surdna, and Lazar focus on the U.S. Bicycle Route System. The grant from SRAM will support Adventure Cycling’s work on the USBRS, as well as its efforts to help understand and organize the bike-travel industry. Read more.

Louisiana progress is clicking along with the help of the Baton Rouge Advocates for Safe Streets. Resolutions of Support for USBR 90 are steadily being passed by parish governments. Check out their website devoted to the project.

Get more info about the USBRSTo stay up-to-date on the USBRS, follow the conversation on Facebook or Twitter,@usbicycleroutes.

New to the U.S. Bicycle Route System? Read our U.S. Bicycle Route System 101 blog post to get the basics and follow our weekly blog posts on Building the U.S. Bicycle Route System to stay up-to-date on USBRS developments.

Don’t forget, the USBRS is on Twitter and Facebook — show your support, follow our tweets and become a fan!

Photo via: Adventure Cycling Association

January 24th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Yosemite National Park Timelapse Video

Yosemite. Just the name is enough to set an adventurer to day dreaming. It’s a place that stokes our inner fire, our wildness and gives us the escape we hunger for. For the climbers among us, Yosemite is our mecca. In last year’s story in National Geographic, photographer and climber Jimmy Chin said:

Visiting a Yosemite climbing camp today, you’re just as likely to meet a divorce attorney from Delaware as a wild-haired dirtbag. Walking through Camp 4 one morning, I hear a dozen languages-Czech, Chinese, Thai, Italian-and meet climbers from all walks of life. A young German engineer, grinning ear to ear, has just completed a five-day ascent of El Cap. A barefoot young woman from Denmark, with nose ring, dreads, a tattoo, walks a slackline-a tightrope strung three feet off the ground between trees. A mom and dad from Washington State teach their two kids how to climb. Rock climbing is no longer a fringe sport. It’s mainstream. And unlike the early years, there are nearly as many women as men on the rock…

Whether you’re a climber or not, it’s difficult to dream up a place more awe-inspiring than Yosemite National Park. In fact, it’s difficult to describe in words this special wild place. Yesterday our friends at prAna posted this incredible timelapse video on their Facebook wall. Do yourself a favor; grab your mug of coffee, sit back and watch…

January 23rd 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: Love Your Lane.

Time’s Up! announces a new campaign called Love Your Lane, and all are invited to take part! The Love Your Lane™ campaign is designed to inspire community support for the positive new cycling infrastructure sprouting up all around New York City.    Help us promote respect and utilization of the exciting new green infrastructure and bicycling lanes created by the NYC Department of Transportation.

Join the lovefest and get this campaign off to a rousing start, here is what we are doing on 2/11/2011, on Valentine’s Day weekend, the Love Your Lane Bike Ride and After-Party at the Living Theater in the East Village.

Goals of the Love Your Lane Campaign:

  • Create a positive buzz about the new bike lanes and green infrastructure.
  • Promote usage of the new infrastructure – If we don’t use it, we lose it.
  • Work with DOT to promote the smooth acceptance of their designs in all different communities.
  • Bring the cycling, skating and walking community together as a unified voice for safe streets.
  • Encourage all to share the road with love.

Love Your Lane sign bike on Grand Street Clown Ride photo by Peter Meitzler

Steps we are taking:

  • Create fliers and educational pamphlets explaining the benefits of biking and why bike lanes are here to stay.
  • Meet with city officials, including the DOT, to discuss how Time’s Up! can help raise awareness of existing and future bike lanes and green infrastructure.
  • Dogs enjoy lanes on Doggie Pedal Parade - photo by Barbara RossUse Time’s Up!’s festive, fun events, bike clowns, new sound bikes, and theater to promote the new infrastructure.
  • Design and distribute items such as stencils and patches with our new Love Your Lane logo.
Celebrate on Valentine’s Day with a great party held at a skateboard park to further reach out to skaters, skateboarders, pedestrians and cyclists. Then keep the campaign going and the love growing.Click here to find out 5 reasons to start biking

kids want bike lanes and safe streets too - photo from Summer Streets
With 20 years of involvement, creating positive change and engaging in celebrations of what our streets could look like, Time’s Up! is now seeing widespread environmental awareness, well-planned infrastructure and a steady increase in non-pollution transportation. Let’s all work together to spread the love and keep the momentum going!


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.

January 18th 2012 - Written by: alison

Global Weirding – Save Our Snow? What Snow?

Alison at Silverton, CO - credit Sherri Harkin Photography

As a World Freeskiing Champion, the founder of the Save Our Snow Foundation, and award-winning global cooling consultant, I’m often asked about my viewpoints on climate change in regard to snow droughts, like we are experiencing this year.

I found that people couldn’t relate to “climate change” and that the term “global warming” left people confused, so I switched to “global weirding.” That term more accurately describes what is happening — while the planet is warming, the actual result is extreme weather. Global temperature increases result in really strange local weather — record low temperatures, record heat waves, more windy weather, record droughts, and yes, even record snowstorms. As the air warms, it can hold more moisture, so in the short-term we can have larger snowfalls. In the long term, more of those storms will fall as rain.

Today in Colorado, we are seeing record dust storms that are assisting in extremely early snowmelt — up to 40 days earlier than historic records. I don’t think anyone has to be a rocket scientist to see that the weather is a bit weirder than usual. The extremes are just so much more pronounced. It’s January, and I’m going for a bike ride. How strange is that? In Pakistan, I saw glaciers advancing in 2005 due to increased snowfall, and then watched them retreat up to 50 percent by 2007. On one ski expedition it was raining at 17,500 feet — something I have never seen in my lifetime. In Bolivia, I skied the highest ski area in the world at 18,000-plus feet, but that glacier disappeared forever in 2009.

Folks ask me about a critical tipping point.  In my opinion, we have already passed a critical point in the concentrations of carbon dioxide on our planet. But I’m an optimist and I believe we have the ability to change.


January 17th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

VIDEO: Kim Havell in the Selkirk Mountains with Salomon Freeski

Osprey athlete Kim Havell, sent us the link to her latest Salomon Freeski video this morning. We love getting new stuff from Kim, because it gives us a little mental health break in the day watching her carve into big, beautiful powder and also, it makes us jealous — giving us a kick in the pants to get into the mountains even more than we already do. Thanks Kim!

Deep in the Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia Chris Rubens, Elyse Saugstad and Kim Havell put the new Salomon Guardian binding to the test. Beautiful conditions, deep powder and good folks to tour with… just another day at the “office”.

Based in Salt Lake City, Kim Havell began her career in the mountains as an alpine ski coach. From there she gradually made the transition to climbing and ski mountaineering.  Kim has since been an instructor for the San Juan Outdoor School, CVA, and Babes in the Backcountry. She has also tail-guided for H2O Heli Guides, and been a twelve year member of the San Miguel County Search and Rescue Team, with medical and rescue certifications. Kim is the only woman (& one of less than 5 people) to ski the direct couloirs of the infamous Little Wasatch Ridge in Telluride, Colorado.

To follow Kim’s adventures please visit: HavellTravels-The Adventures of Kim Havell Professional Skier or follow Kim on Twitter.

January 16th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Outdoor Retailer: Osprey’s List of Booth Events + Promotions

It’s that time again… Outdoor Retailer Winter Market kicks off this Wednesday and we’ve got a great line-up of events and giveaways for you!

Save our Snow Foundation Trivia With Alison Gannett
2 to 4pm, Wednesday, January 18, 2012 ~ All Mountain Demo
Where: Osprey Packs Booth ~ All Mountain Demo at Solitude Resort

Play climate change trivia with Osprey athlete Alison Gannett for a chance to win a Karve sidecountry pack.

Pack Sale for Paradox Sports and SOS Outreach
When: Thursday, January 19 through end of show, or until we sell out!
Where: Osprey Booth #5011

Pick up an Osprey Flap Jack, Flap Jill or Comet daypack for only $30 with $10 of each purchase will be donated to Paradox Sports and SOS Outreach.

Benefit for the Colorado Mountain Club at Brewvies featuring Sweetgrass Productions’ Solitaire
7 to 10pm, Friday January 20
Where: Brewvies, 677 South 200 West Salt Lake City, sponsored by Osprey Packs

Check out Sweetgrass Productions’ Solitaire, enjoy great beer and food, and win a pack. $10 admission gets a beer and benefits the Colorado Mountain Club.

“What Are YOU Wearing Today?” Happy Hour
When: 4 to 6pm, Saturday January 21, 2012
Where: Osprey Booth #5011

Enjoy a White Russian and keep the glass. Meet the girls in white dresses, boys in tutus and environmental mascots. Donate to Leave No Trace, Alaska Wilderness League and Save our Wild Salmon and win great prize packages.


Whether your pack was purchased in 1974 or yesterday, Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge.