Earlier this month, I attended another superb event organized by Paradox Sports. Before this, most of the Paradox events I’ve attended have involved a weekend outside, but this time around I headed to Boulder for a fashion show fundraiser at Neptune Mountaineering — one of the most impressive outdoor retail shops I’ve ever seen.
This was the first fashion show that Neptune has hosted as a fundraiser for Paradox Sports. The show featured Neptune employees and Paradox Sports athletes modeling the latest in winter soft goods and shouldering the latest hard goods. The theme, What’s Hot for the Cold, reflects the paradox that exists when disabled athletes are out climbing 5.12 pitches, kayaking Class VI whitewater and skiing the steepest drops. The sight of these athletes climbing high-standard routes in Eldorado or running South Boulder Creek during the runoff, inspires and motivates even the most jaded.
Events, Osprey Athletes, causes
Earlier this month, Osprey ambassador Majka Burhardt, recently published a book called Coffee Story: Ethiopia. In her book, Majka digs deep to tell the story of coffee’s heartland and how the crop has shaped a region, a people and a culture. Spending so much time in Ethiopia, Majka came home with a message of hope and powerful motivation to tell the story of this incredible place and to urge people to help.
In a recent article on Forbes.com, Majka shed some light on how we can all do something to help countries like Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa.
There is famine in the Horn of Africa. Of course. Isn’t there always?
Are you cringing yet? Good. Here are three things we can do now to help the Horn of Africa, beyond just sending famine relief: (1) Change the conversation. (2) Invest in the positive. (3) Tackle the uncomfortable.
Osprey Athletes, Osprey Culture, causes, travel
© James Q. Martin
Congress is poised to gut protections on 1 million acres of public lands around the Grand Canyon — if we don’t take action right now to protect this national park from uranium mining.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION HERE!
The Denver Art Museum is hosting Streets of Afghanistan this Thursday, April 28, in an effort to connect communities and cultures in a country that has endured nearly four decades of conflict. Proceeds from the exhibition, created by Mountain2Mountain (M2M), a Colorado-based nonprofit, will support programs including girls’ education, efforts to help imprisoned women and children and support for the Afghan youth movement.
Events, Osprey Culture, causes
It’s no secret that we love wild salmon. We love ‘em in the rivers, in the ocean and… on our plate. So, we’re definitely motivated to do what we can to save these iconic creatures. We’ve been supporting the folks at Save Our Wild Salmon (SOS) for years. The group has aimed their efforts at removing four outdated dams on the lower Snake River. Something we’re proud to support.
This week, SOS is teaming up with the Felt Soul Media for a fish fest of epic proportions in Portland, Ore. on April 14. If you’re anywhere near there, you don’t want to miss out…
If you can’t make it, take action here today!
Conservation, Events, Osprey Culture, causes
We’re excited about the latest round of Mountainfilm guest speakers to be announced. In keeping with the 2011 Moving Mountains Symposium theme of “Awareness into Action,” the series of special guests announced last week, “have all committed their lives to rolling up their sleeves and making a serious difference in the world,” Festival Director David Holbrooke said.
Events, Osprey Culture, Southwest Colorado, causes
Here at Osprey Packs, we believe in girl power. The power of women and girls around the world to enact lasting social change in their community and across the planet. So, today, we decided to highlight a few organizations working to make this world a better place by empowering and educating girls.
Mountain 2 Mountain
We believe women and girls are the solutions. As women assume leadership positions in their villages, actively participate in the reconstruction of their communities, start businesses, train other women and serve as role models, they become active citizens who can help to establish lasting peace and economic stability.
Empowering girls and women yields undeniable returns — for everyone. But the challenges are great. Today, women represent 70 percent of the world’s poor. They own 1 percent of the property and earn 10 percent of the income. At the same time, they produce 50 percent of the world’s food and perform 66 percent of the work.
Mountain2Mountain is working to create education and opportunity for the women and girls of Afghanistan. We believe that investing in women and girls is the most effective way to achieve stability and economic prosperity. We don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to complex problems. Instead, we believe in long-term solutions that are user-generated, village to village. We don’t just build schools. We work alongside the Afghan people, other NGOs and local governments to develop programs that will create transformational, societal change.
Mission: To nurture a girl’s innate capacity for confidence, courage and leadership through adventure-based experiential education.
We envision a world in which all girls are confident in who they are, filled with self-love and the power of self-definition, and able to be positive members of their communities as they become adults. However, our purpose doesn’t stop there. We want to see girls become agents of change. When girls are empowered and equipped for leadership and self-sufficiency their community changes in positive ways. While our work is about supporting girls to discover and utilize their full potential, ultimately we are committed to using our work as a vehicle for promoting social justice and grassroots social change.
Osprey Culture, causes
American Rivers campaign America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ works with local partners, elected officials, media groups and concerned citizens to protect rivers through awareness and action. 2010 marked the program’s 25th year of fighting to save our country’s most threatened rivers.
Via American Rivers:
American Rivers’ successes in our river protection and river restoration efforts would not have been possible without the help of our many supporters With your support, we can continue our work on projects such as dam removal, restoring flood plains, conducting river cleanups, ensuring a clean, safe and reliable water supply, and fighting to secure wild and scenic river designations.
For a list of 2010’s America’s Most Endangered Rivers™ and to submit your nominations for 2011, check out http://www.americanrivers.org/our-work/protecting-rivers/endangered-rivers/.
Via Chris Kassar at Rios Libres:
Please take action to Keep Patagonia Wild!
Express your opposition to HidroAysen’s proposal to dam the Baker and Pascua – two pristine rivers deep in the heart of Patagonia, Chile by signing our petition HERE.
Help us get at least 1,000 signatures to let Presidente Pinera know that the international community wants Patagonia to remain pristine and without dams.
The rivers, wildlands and people of Patagonia need your voice!
How can you support Rios Libres and be entered to win an awesome Raptor 6? It’s easy.
Sign the petition.
Share the petition on Facebook so all your friends can help, too.
Email your contact info to Chris.Kassar@gmail.com, and put “PETITION” in the subject line.
It’s that simple. Now cross your fingers, and learn more at RiosLibres.com and on Facebook.
Via Winter Wildlands Alliance:
For over 10 years we have been working closely with Friends of the Routt Backcountry on resolving conflicts in the Hahn’s Peak Area of the Routt National Forest. Unfortunately, the Forest Service has failed to adequately consider the impacts of a proposed snowmobile trail to the local backcountry ski community and we need your help.
The Routt National Forest has issued an Environmental Analysis that ignores the impacts of snowmobiles to the environment and other recreationists. The preferred alternative would establish a new snowmobile trail through the middle of a popular and historic non-motorized ski destination. We have less than 30 days to submit comments in opposition of this ill-conceived proposal.
Concerned about increased snowmobile access in Colorado backcountry? Learn more about the Columbine Access Proposal here.