Archive for February, 2012

February 29th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Appeal of Bicycling Rises with Gas Prices.

Are you cringing every time you drive past the gas stations these days, like we are?  It’s no surprise that as the gas prices rise, cycling is also on the rise.  We thought that you may enjoy this article from Chicago Now, regarding this topic.  Happy trails!

It happened in 2008.  It’s happening again.

Gas prices are rising.  Rapidly.  Inexplicably.  In an election year, coincidentally.

Unless you are an heir to an oil fortune, an executive at a multinational oil company, or a Wall Street speculator, this is probably not good news for you.  It likely falls somewhere between monkey wrench and economic catastrophe.

When this last happened four years ago, there was a nationwide shortage of 27 X 1 1/4″ bicycle tires.

For the 99% not familiar with bike tire sizes, 27″ tires were last popular in the 1980’s.  Back in ’08, people were dragging old ten-speeds out of sheds, down from attics, up basement stairs, out of garages and into bike shops in record numbers.  The bike boom of the 1970’s had been accurately recreated without terry cloth shorts and striped tube socks…

Read Full Article Here.

Photo via Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop – Austin, Texas.

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!

February 27th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: Hurricane Ridge

Under the moniker Sparth, Nicolas Bouvier creates tremendously inventive worlds, mostly for video games. His art has appeared in Wired, among other places, he’s won tons of awards, and he’s currently working for Microsoft and the hugely popular Halo franchise. He’s also a prolific photographer, creating images that are often ethereal and reminiscent of his art, including this one from Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, Washington.

For more of Bouvier’s photo work, check out his Flickr page.

Thanks to Adventure Journal for posting this beautiful image and story!

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.

February 27th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

High Pressure and Deep Pow in British Columbia

The last two weeks has had it all in British Columbia. It started with blue skies and a bomber snow pack, and then the snow hose got pointed at us, for 130cms of new snow in the last week. This quick video gives a taste of a few runs from the last few weeks at Valhalla Mountain Touring. Enjoy!

Evan Stevens is a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide, examiner and instructor for the AMGA, a member of the AMGA Board of Directors, and owner and lead guide of Valhalla Mountain Touring, a backcountry ski lodge in the Selkirks of British Columbia. Somehow he managed to do all of this whilst only escaping from the suburbs of New York City just 10 years ago.  When not on his skis, he can be found climbing hard rock in his summer home of Squamish, BC, or trying to fire off alpine rock free ascents through out the world.  Highlights include numerous first descents in the Valhalla Range of BC, traditional rock ascents of up to 5.13, first free ascents in BC such as IV 5.12 Man of Steel in the Adamants, IV 5.12 R Lost in Space on Mt. Gimli, and speed ascents of big walls in Greenland. Besides that he is usually being humbled by his super human wife Jasmin, and trying to keep up to his dog Benny on the skin track.

February 24th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Friday Round Up: Ski Hard, Be Safe and Love the Life You Live

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 snow is falling in the West and if you’re like us, you’re probably getting your gear ready for the weekend ahead. But with the loss of four more incredible people in last weekend’s avalanches in the North Cascades, our excitement is bittersweet. For all of you who have loved and lost someone in the mountains, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ski hard, be safe and love the life you live.

PHOTO via Evan Stevens in British Columbia

February 23rd 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

VertFest 2012 Wrap Up

Forty-eight inches of snow in 48 hours. It was indeed a white, powdery Vertfest.

Another exciting VertFest has been wrapped in a blanket of fresh snow and put safely to bed, and oh what a fantastic event it was! The biggest side and backcountry skiing/boarding festival and rando race in the Northwest lived up to its billing and was certainly filled with plenty of “awesomesauce” and “mountain mettle” as promised.


February 22nd 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Endurance Racing: A Love-Hate Relationship

Ready to roll at 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

It is 3:45 a.m. on a Sunday morning and the temperature has dropped into the 30s. The sweat pouring out of me would freeze to my helmet strap if I wasn’t giving off heat like a glass blower’s furnace. I have been pedaling way over my lactic threshold for the past 20 minutes riding like a scared rabbit being chased by a pack of angry coyotes. Our team is fighting hard to maintain that 3rd place position on the podium.

While thoughts should be focused on how to reel in the team in front of us, the doubt is creeping in… can I hang on? How much more will my legs take? Where is that big rut that almost killed me on the last lap? This is lap number 14 at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo bike race and I am fighting hard for my four-person single speed team.


February 22nd 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

The “Grand Canyon” of the Pacific: Climber Meets Kauai

I recently returned from my first trip to Kauai, which also happened to be my first non-climbing vacation ever as an adult. For those of you who have not been, it’s breathtaking. The landscape is straight out of Jurassic Park, literally, and the topography provides for some of the best hiking I have ever experienced. I broke my ankle this past fall and the hiking on Kauai more than made up for the break I had to take over the winter.

Waimea Canyon is home to my favorite hike I did on the island. It lives up it’s name as the “Grand Canyon” of the Pacific. The hike weaves around huge canyons with near vertical walls. Coming from the mountains of Yosemite, I am not used to the lush plant life that grows on the sides of the steep walls. But just like the Valley, waterfalls jettisoned out from the walls, making for some of the most spectacular views I’ve seen.


February 22nd 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Ditch Your Car: How Bike Commuting Saves You Money

Ever wondered how much your pocketbook may benefit from you ditching your car? We have and were excited to read this article, originally posted by Out Of Your Rut. We hope that you are inspired to trade the car keys in for your bike lock, next time you need to run an errand.


February 21st 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Southeast Bike Expo: Demo Fleets Converge in Conyers, Georgia Feb. 25 to 26

Osprey Bikers After Hours

The Southeast Bike Expo brings suppliers of bicycle products from all over the United States to show and demo their products in a fun filled, party atmosphere.

Join Osprey Packs along with manufacturers like Trek, Niner, Specialized, Scott, Shimano, and SRAM for some great riding, product demos and a giant party!!

When: February 25th and 26th

Where: The Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia (site of the 1996 Olympic Mountain Bike cross-country course)


February 21st 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

West To East, and A Dinner To Celebrate It

The view of Mt. Washington 87 steps from my front door

A Call to Action for the American Alpine Club Annual Dinner, where climbing is climbing.

I’m practicing owning up to my origins. Colorado used to just roll off my tongue. New Hampshire? It’s clunky, it’s two words, and it takes explaining.

Contrary to what many presume from my quick speech and intense personality, I am not an easterner and never have been. Until now. In January Peter and I packed up the van and headed east. I’ve flirted with living in New Hampshire for the past three years (read more in my Go East Article in Alpinist Magazine). Now we’re going steady.



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