When people think of Europe, many of them think of this. And it’s true that in certain cities, such as Utrecht in the Netherlands, more than a quarter of all trips are made by bike. But this film — Brussels Express — shows the other side of European bicycle commuting, and it’s not all that pretty.
Three sure-fire ways to recover from jet lag…
- Mountain Biking: Two wheels and tacky trails
- Coffee and Cake
- Whiskey Tasting
Our trajectory to Scotland felt like traveling into the future, or maybe the past – but instead of a clean break, we lost half a day, never saw the sun go down and arrived in Scotland after close to 24 hours of consistent daylight. Exhausted but invigorated, we did our best to beat jet lag. Our first full day in Peebles, Scotland, located in the Borders Region just 40 kilometers south of Edinburgh, presented us with relatively clear skies and loads to explore.
Osprey’s Shannon Hahn Climbing Against the Odds: Donate to The Breast Cancer Fund to Stop Cancer Before It Starts
Durango native and Osprey’s own Shannon Hahn will celebrate the summer solstice by climbing California’s snow-covered, 14,179-foot Mount Shasta, the second highest volcano in the United States with a team of women from across the country to raise money for breast cancer prevention.
Check out this amazing poster promoting Stage 1 of the US Pro Cycling Challenge created by Osprey’s Graphic Designer, Tim Calkins. This super cool poster won a national contest in which entries were submitted and a winning poster chosen for each hosting city as well as an overall event poster. Tim’s poster won first place for the Durango stage which will be the kickoff city for the entire event.
Osprey is proud to be an Official Partner of as well as the Official Backpack of the 2012 US Pro Cycling Challenge. We are extremely excited to watch some of the world’s best riders take on the challenging and scenic byways that Colorado has to offer. Osprey will be present at the finish line Expo of each stage with loads of cool displays, games, giveaways, etc.. Stay tuned for details, but mark these dates in your calendar now!
August 20 -Stage 1: Durango to Telluride
August 21- Stage 2: Montrose to Crested Butte
August 22- Stage 3: Gunnison to Aspen
August 23- Stage 4: Aspen to Beaver Creek
August 24- Stage 5: Breckenridge to Colorado Springs
August 25- Stage 6: Golden to Boulder
August 26- Stage 7: Denver Time Trial
I don’t really know anything about parenting, other than what I see from my friends and family. Besides the fact that it’s a big deal, and you know, it completely changes your life. But I have met quite a few women who loved the outdoors before they had their first child and have learned how to raise their children and not lose that connection in the process. Which I think is inspiring…
People ask me, “What’s your mom like,” and I tell them that she’s a ball of energy, running on caffeine and chocolate, kind of like…me sometimes. She’s a stubborn lady. I remember her saying one time when we were out for a four mph walk, Oh, I wish I could still run. She never makes excuses, never stopped moving because of this injury or that injury, Oh I have a bad back/bad knees/don’t have time. She just makes time.
Read the rest of In Praise of Moms Who Crush…
And since this Sunday is Mother’s Day, we decided to troll the internet for a few more inspiring stories of mothers out there. They all seem to incorporate climbing, which is alright with us — and a pretty awesome metaphor as Susan E.B. Schwartz wrote in Climbing Magazine:
As I see it, motherhood is a lot like rock climbing.
Nothing truly prepares you for either: all the expert explanations, advice from well-meaning friends, instructional videos and manuals — nothing does motherhood or climbing justice. I’ve learned this firsthand after nearly a decade at the first and two decades at the second.
In the end, climbing and motherhood come down to one thing: until you’re there yourself, perched precariously, staring wide-eyed and terrified around you, you have absolutely no idea what it’s like. Combining two such powerful and all-consuming life experiences has always challenged women.
And lastly, we love this profile on prAna athlete Carrie Cooper called 39 Weeks.
I believe that life is about living gracefully through the transitions. I have climbed the world over for the last 10 years and developed a keen sense of my body and its strengths. As a healthy expectant mother I continued to listen to the needs of my body. Staying in tune often means exploring the possibilities: changes in balance, energy needs, and the ability to move with ease. I hope you enjoy this video which means so much to me. It feels like a reflection of the adaptability of the human body and the strength of the human spirit.
Chances are, if you’re reading this blog post, you have a mom that crushes it. We hope you have an awesome climbing or backpacking trip planned with her this Sunday. Happy Mother’s Day!
PHOTO via Brendan Leonard/Adventure Journal
There are many creative ways that Bike Month has been promoted this May, from the newly instituted Bike to School Day to 30 Days of Biking and more, but this crafty video, “The Convert” is one of our favorites so far.
Created for Jacksonville’s Bike Month, “The Convert” takes a film noir approach to cycling — and keeps you watching and wondering the whole way through. Take six minutes out of your day to check it out see where it takes you!
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!
The Osprey marketing crew journeyed East to Manhattan earlier this month to participate in the 1st Annual Bike Expo NY. Bike Expo New York gave residents and visitors an unprecedented look at urban cycling against the backdrop of New York. Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, BE NY featured vendors, live-performances, hands-on programming, bike gear giveaways, a bicycle fashion show, outdoor spin sessions and of course, free bicycle classes for both youth and adults.
The expo was a tremendous success with more than 43,000 visitors through the doors over the course of three days. Approximately 32,000 of these visitors participated in the Five Boro Bike Tour which is America’s largest cycling event. The event provided participants the unique and fun experience to bike through all five boroughs — a 40 mile, traffic-free ride for 32,000 cyclists. Proceeds from the registration fees are used to support a huge number of charities and non-profit organizations.
As climbers, mountaineers, skiers, hikers, paddlers and cyclists, we spend our days searching for the path less traveled. The enticement of exploration and adventure is what drives us to seek out secluded peaks and uncharted trails. For the most part, we seek this adventure to quench our own thirst, but what if we could do more? What if we could do our part to protect the places and wildlife that we search for?
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation is helping us bridge that gap.
In the wake of a changing climate and a rapidly expanding human population, it is imperative that the choices we make are based on relevant scientific information. We know that the collection of data can be expensive, time consuming and physically challenging.
Adventure athletes constantly travel to areas of great need. These ambassadors of the outdoors often want to do more for the areas they travel in, but simply have not acquired the skills to do so. Throughout the last several months, we have been organizing an army of adventure athletes turned citizen-scientists who are now collecting scientific data on all seven continents.
The time is now to harness the unique abilities of people who are already going to difficult to reach areas. There are thousands of people in remote areas every day who are ready, willing, and able to help protect our planet’s most vital resources; they simply need the tools to do so.
If you’d like to learn more about how to help, visit adventureandscience.org. For a limited time, we’re giving away Talon 11 packs to those who donate $150 or more to the cause. Support the cause today!