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VertFest 2012 Wrap Up

February 23rd, 2012

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.

Osprey was on site for the entire weekend of festivities providing pack demos to those in need, sizing and fitting the masses, showing all the exciting new pack additions for Spring 2012 and giving away all manner of goodies large and small.

The Traslins-VertFest Mountain Mettle Defined

Osprey Athletes Mike and Andy Traslin

The real action was out on the slopes though, with an epic randonee race on Saturday in knee deep powder at the upper reaches of the course providing an exceptional challenge for all. On Saturday, Osprey athletes Andy and Mike Traslin stood atop the podium once again taking 2nd and 3rd respectively in their Osprey Karve sidecountry ski packs while the snow raged downward. Afterwards everyone raged in their own way with fantastic  prize drawings benefitting the Northwest Avalanche Center and the fantastically fun sounds of Daydream Vacation and Head Like A Kite playing in the blizzard while all danced merrily in the snow.

Sunday saw a full slate of exciting and informative clinics covering everything from photography to steep skiing. Osprey athlete and professional skier Kim Havell led both the morning and afternoon steeps clinics on Osprey’s behalf and all came back smiling and ready to put their new found knowledge into action.

A very special thanks goes out to the entire crew at Outdoor Research for making VertFest what it is today, and to all of you who braved the adverse conditions and showed up for a fantastic weekend of Mountain Mettle Fun. If you didn’t have the opportunity to check out VertFest this time around, put it on your calendar for 2013 and we here at Osprey will definitely see you there!

We know you have a choice when it comes to technical packs and we thank you for flying with Osprey. The Bird is the Word. Over and out!

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