Archive for July, 2013
• Bike-in movie nights at the Warming Hut: Kick off the festivities with an outdoor screening ofBreaking Away. Strap the camp chair to the cargo bike and head to the Warming Hut for freepopcorn, plus appetizer and drink specials. Thursday, Aug. 15, plus other nights throughoutAugust• Trails 101: Raise the shovel and trail awareness with the Friends of Breckenridge Trails crew.Riders will learn what it takes to make a sustainable trail and put in a little elbow grease. There’snothing more rewarding than lapping a section of trail you’ve helped to build. Friday, Aug. 16• Super D Race and IMBA Fundraiser Party: Think of it as a community block party. With a superd race ripping through the backyard. As riders chow down and kick back (for live music and anoutdoor movie), they’ll get the good feeling that comes along with supporting Summit Fat TireSociety, a local chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Saturday, Aug. 17• Guided Rides: Not familiar with Breckenridge trails? No worries. Non-profits Summit Velo andSummit Fat Tire Society will lead Sunday’s guided groups rides, both road and mountain. Thelocal experts are in charge, and they’ll be showing off some of the best cycling routes in thearea. Sunday, Aug. 18
A dedicated fan of fun, Rachel Zerowin loves exploring and writing about the outdoors, especially when it relates to cycling. As the public relations manager for GoBreck, she gets to do a bit of both during work hours in Breckenridge, Colorado. Check out more of Rachel’s work on BreckConnection.com or say hello on Twitter @ColoradoSummit.
Here at Osprey, we’re huge supporters of Shannon Galpin, who has created an epic movement with Mountain 2 Mountain, and who is actively moving mountains in Afghanistan by giving women and girls in conflict areas a voice — the catalyst for social change. Let’s all take a minute to listen to what Shannon has to say in her TEDx talk: Two-Wheeled Revolution, in which she explains how the bicycle is a vehicle for social justice, and shares her experiences and work in Afghanistan creating the Afghan Women’s National Cycling Team.
We know, we know; How did it get to be this time of year again? We’re wondering the same thing. Alas, it’s Summer OR time, and as always, we’ve all got a lot to look forward to. Here’s our list of events…
OSPREY PACKS/TELLURIDE SKI RESORT BOOTH PARTY TO BENEFIT THE SHEEP MOUNTAIN ALLIANCE
When: Thursday, August 1 — 4 to 6:30PM
Where: Osprey Packs booth #5010
Sheep Mountain Alliance is a grassroots citizen organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment in the Telluride Region and Southwest Colorado. They’re currently a key advocate in the effort to pass the San Juan Wilderness Bill and stopping the Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill in Paradox, CO. Drop by the Osprey Booth and purchase a Klean Kanteen cup for $10 to fill it with a tasty beer and enter for a chance to win an Osprey Pack while supporting Sheep Mountain Alliance. Drop your business card for your chance to win our all-expenses-paid summer trip giveaway to Telluride, which will include: a tour of Osprey’s Cortez headquarters before heading to Telluride for two nights’ lodging and two days of skiing for two people or two rounds of golf for two people, as well as an Osprey travel wheels pack and a ski or day pack to get you there. Stick around — the winner will be announced at the end of the party — and while you’re mingling you can learn about the Sheep Mountain Alliance as well as Osprey and Telluride’s efforts to source green power to run their operations.
PACK SALE TO BENEFIT THE LOST MOUNTAIN PROJECT
When: While supplies last, get ’em while they’re hot!
Where: Osprey Packs booth #5010
Purchase an Osprey Rev 6 for $35 and support The Lost Mountain Project, a collaboration between an international cadre of scientists, conservationists, global adventurers and filmmakers featuring Osprey athlete Majka Burhardt. Put this OR event on your calendar and we will see you there!
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AMERICAN RIVERS TOUR
When: Wednesday, July 31 — doors at 7, Show at 8
Where: The Depot Salt Lake City
Grammy-nominated bluegrass outfit The Infamous Stringdusters are kicking off their 2013 American Rivers Tour, an epic summer music adventure stopping through, and winding down, some of America’s wildest and most beloved rivers and surrounding communities at Outdoor Retailer with a live concert at The Depot in SLC! We’re proud sponsors of this event and will be there to help the Stringdusters celebrate their partnership with the nation’s leading river conservation organization, American Rivers, which is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. Come by to help celebrate, raise money and awareness for the organization and its mission to protect and restore rivers and clean water nationwide.
Where: Meet at the Park N Pedal Booth outsideSouth Entrance of Salt Palace
A casual scenic bike ride around downtown Salt Lake City. Plan for an easy social ride that features a fun stop at Liberty Park where we will have snacks, refreshments, games and giveaways. Ends back at the Palace.
OUTDOOR INDUSTRY ALL-STAR JAM TO BENEFIT NATUREBRIDGE AND PARADOX SPORTS
When: Friday, August 2 — 9:30pm
Where: Club Elevate @ 155 W. 200 S.
Think Battle of the Bands + OR + Beer… oh and dancing your face off. It’s that good. Witness industry veterans rocking the legendary All Star Industry Jam. Added bonus: Your $10 cover goes to benefit Naturebridge and Paradox Sports, so you can feel even better about dancing the night away.
Osprey is proud to sponsor an incredible, inspiring and educational upcoming special that will air on PBS this month: Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge. The program was created by executive producer, host and global explorer Chris Bashinelli, who grew up in Brooklyn, NY and has devoted his adult life to traveling to developing regions of the world, where he investigates the lives of people young and old, asking the ultimate question: “How can we change the world for the better?”
Bridge the Gap to Pine Ridge will premiere on many PBS stations nationwide this Friday, July 19th at 10 p.m., and is the first of about five airings that will happen over the next several years. To see if this premiere is showing on your local station, please check the Local Listings, as some stations will air the special as late as July 27th.
Here’s what the special is all about:
In this program, he visits the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to explore a culture all but expunged from the history books, that of the Oglala Lakota Native Americans. While there, he embarks on a life-changing buffalo harvest, gets “schooled” by the women’s college basketball team, visits with a 14-year-old suicide prevention activist, and finds himself shoulder deep up a cow’s backside while trying to better understand employment issues on the reservation. With humor and pathos, he uncovers stories of hope and learns how culture has prevailed in the face of adversity.
Martin Bad Wound, a respected community leader on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
“What do you want people to remember about you?” Chris asks Martin Bad Wound, a respected community leader — “It ain’t just me I want you to remember. It’s my people. We ain’t all depressed, we ain’t all oppressed, we ain’t all alcoholics. We all want something out of life. We’re just like you.”
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Some call it the modern Woodstock of our electronically-entranced generation; we saw it as a weekend to ditch your current day job and personal worries in exchange for wearing the brightest and most ridiculous clothes you could find and dancing with the hundreds of thousands of strangers from across the nation.
For the Electric Forest Festival, people from all walks of life gather from all regions across North America (Canada included) to the tiny (435-person) town of Rothbury, Michigan. There, they come together for weekend to become whoever they may want to be and to enjoy the constant and wide-range of music from a variety of timeless and new artists alike. By day, the temporary inhabitants of this festival would lounge in hammocks, ride the Ferris wheel or watch the bluegrass shows from underneath the shade of the towering trees. It’s not until 10 PM, when the sun sets, that the forest becomes illuminated by the thousands of electrified colors, sounds and people. Then, the going gets weird, and in the depths of the Sherwood forest you’ll experience things entirely anew: a trading post with time-traveling cowboys from the 1800s, a silent disco of live performances that can only be heard with headphones and large neon lights that give the trees life during these witching hours of Festival.
Electric Forest Festival is metamorphic experience because for just one weekend, nothing is as it seems and weird is totally the state of norm. Our Osprey crew who attended Electric enjoyed the diverse crowds, the incredible installations of the forest and the memorizing performances by the artists. We appreciate anyone who stopped by our booth to say hello, buy a pack or grab a free coozie. We hope to see you there next year! In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite snapshots from the weird weekend of Electric Forest.
All photos were shot and edited by Pat de Souza, fellow festival attendee
From our offices in Cortez, Colorado we can see the cool, alpine peaks rising from the dry, high desert landscape. As the days of summer get warmer, these peaks become more and more inviting as a place to gain some altitude and enjoy cooler temperatures and spectacular vistas. When our Spring 2014 product samples arrived in early June, we decided it was time to put together a high country trip that would give us the opportunity to do a little product testing. We settled on Mt. Massive, which happens to be the second highest peak in Colorado at 14,428 feet. This was a bit of a journey from the office but we decided the trip to Leadville was worth it. Six of us plus two dogs embarked on the climb and all were able to summit. We had a great time and put in some quality time with the new packs which performed flawlessly. Here is a photo tour of our amazing trip: