Archive for February, 2012

February 20th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: winter riding-make your own lane.

A friend posted this photo of her Pugsley in the snow and captioned the photo: “mountain biking – not just for summer anymore”.  It’s good to know that winter cannot stop one of our favorite activities nor can it get in the way of creating our own bike lanes, when they are otherwise covered in snow!  In honor of Presidents Day and ideally a day-off for the majority of you, we wish you happy trails and bliss-filled adventures whether you are on or off your bike today!

Photo via: Jennifer Eckhardt.

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 17th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Friday Round Up: Music From Daydream Vacation and Head Like A Kite

We’re pretty excited to be en route to the Alpental at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington for Vertfest this weekend, so in order to keep our energy up and our toes tapping we’ve been rocking out to beats from Daydream Vacation and Head Like A Kite. The bands will be performing at Vertfest on Saturday. What’s better than ending a day of skiing with a beer and a dance party? That’s right. Nothing.

But even if you can’t join us for the festivities this weekend, you can still have a dance party… enjoy!

Happy Friday!


February 16th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Take Action: Saving the Colorado and Free-Flowing Rivers

The Colorado River from the book "Chasing Water". Photo by Pete McBride

Last year, we watched photojournalist Pete McBride‘s film Chasing Water at 5Point Film Festival. We always had an idea of the dire straits on the Colorado River, but the images in the film and accompanying book made it impossible to forget. Our mighty Colorado River that cut the Grand Canyon, that flows powerfully through the western states has been pushed, pulled and sucked dry — so much that it rarely reaches the ocean.


February 16th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Three Years, Three Million Ridiculous Feet of Climbing

Over the past three years I’ve been keeping track of my vertical feet of climbing, backcountry skiing and mountain biking. I have now climbed a total of three million feet.


February 15th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy



Ditch Your Car to provide youth in crime ridden cities an outlet of fun, education, love and life. We first saw “Scrapertown” at last year’s 5Point Film Festival in Carbondale, Co.  Baybe Champ was on the scene to talk about this film and to bring an inner city point of view, to an otherwise very white audience.  As a result, we were all in awe of his story and his grace; overwhelmed with love for what Champ has dedicated his life to and humbled by our own lives.  So today, we wanted to post this film to remind each of you, that there is always an alternative to the life that is seemingly ‘dealt’ to you.

The requirements of becoming a member of the Scraper Bike Team:

“In order to become a member of the Original Scraper Bike Team, you must: Be a resident of Oakland, CA. Be at least 7 years old or older. Retain A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), Create your own Scraper Bike…(It Has To Be Amazing, Or Else You Can’t Ride.) A single-file line when riding. After 10 rides The Scraper Bike King and his Captains will decide if your bike is up to standards and if you can follow simple guidelines. After your evaluation we will consider you a member and honor you with an Original Scraper Bike Team Shirt. Only worn when Mobbin’ Stay posted to our website for all upcoming Scraper Bike Rides…” — The Scraper Bike King

A film by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari

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 15th 2012 - Written by: alison

KEEN Rippin Chix Steeps Camp at Silverton with Osprey Ambassador Alison Gannett

KEEN Rippin Chix Steeps Camp at Silverton with Osprey Packs

Silverton brings me back to what skiing was like as a kid — no frills, no heat, no fancy food, but great skiing with great friends. Again this year, we had several feet of powder… I’m knocking on wood as we speak.


February 14th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re not huge on Valentine’s Day, but we think that these outdoor-inspired greetings from our friends at Eastern Mountain Sports are pretty clever. Definitely gave us a chuckle. So, send one to the dirtbag you love and have a happy Valentine’s Day! See more on the EMS Facebook page.

February 13th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

High Pressure Bonanza at Rogers Pass, British Columbia

Inversion in the Pass

From my last post you might think that all it does is snow up here in the Selkirks of BritishColumbia. Well, usually it does and for most of January it sure did. Alas, last week the snow hose shifted its focus, and squinty eyes and sun burned noses returned to the mountains of BC.

With my father in law, the original owner of my backcountry ski lodge Valhalla Mountain Touring, in place as the hut keeper, I knew I needed to get out of my neck of the woods and go play in the big peaks of Rogers Pass. A quick 2.5 hour drive from home (not including the snowmachine ride to my truck and the half-hour ferry ride inland), Rogers Pass is the number one place I go to play when I have some time off.  If you haven’t been, its time to change that, as it is host to some of the best road-accessed ski touring in the world, hands down.


February 13th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: Side By Side Bicycle for Valentine’s Day.


In lieu of Valentine’s Day tomorrow, we couldn’t resist posting this video from The Grist List by Jess Zimmerman.  We hope that you enjoy and happy early Valentine’s Day to you!

“Nothing says “I love you” like a bicycle that forces you and your partner to cooperate to the point of absurdity, so Instructables user Carlitos has posted specs for a bike modification that places two riders side by side. If you have access to a welder and a good source of junker bike parts, you can make this your weekend project and be done in time for V-Day.

This is no standard in-line tandem bike, where the person in the back can coast. The conjoined twin bike requires you to work with your partner in awkward forced harmony, just like a traditional marriage!

Okay, I’m mainly kidding, because this is a really cool build and it’s nice to have a bike where you can actually talk to each other but don’t take up quite as much trail space as two side-by-side bikes. But you gotta admit that lift-off looks a little challenging.

Once you get the rhythm, though, one commenter reports, it’s “almost boring” — just like a traditional marriage! Zing! (Hi honey.)”

Jess Zimmerman is the editor of Grist List.

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 10th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

88Bikes + Osprey Packs Go to Navajo Land

Everybody remembers his or her first bike. Mine was a blue Schwinn — traditional bars and a seat with a metallic blue paint.  In particular, I remember my first ride without training wheels. My father ran alongside me in an empty parking lot pushing and balancing me and then I was free — spinning away from my Dad, pedal, pedal, pedal — already worrying what to do when I came to a stop because the bike would now TIP OVER!! That bike saw many miles and many tip-overs. Over the years, it was shamed by my envy of Schwinn sting-rays only to rise proud again, converted to BMX style.

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