Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. It’s September and we’re living it up for all we’re worth this month to take advantage of these last days of summer. What is crucial to living it up in style? A really great playlist… so we’re dedicating this month to music. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
One of our favorite late summer events is Telluride Blues and Brews, a festival just a hop, skip and a boogie north of us here at Osprey HQ. We’re psyched to be a returning sponsor of the event and even more psyched to head to the festival in a couple of weeks to throw down with some incredible musicians.
In anticipation of the festival, we’ve decided to giveaway a festival pass along with some sweet Osprey travel gear! All you have to do, is answer a few trivia questions…
The gates open today at 10:00 a.m. for the 38th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Osprey is excited to be a part of the action over the next four days! The weather is Colorado bluebird, the backdrop stunning mountain peaks and the music non-stop. Who could really ask for more!?
If you get a chance between sets be sure to carve out a moment to swing by Osprey festival headquarters to check out all that is new for summer 2011.We’ll also have some fantastically great deals on a full array of technical daypacks, couriers and hydration packs perfect for any festival and far beyond. This is the perfect time to set yourself up not only for the festival, but also for the active, outdoor summer and fall beyond. In addition to onsite deals, we will be providing free pack sizings and fittings throughout the festival.
We are a friendly bunch here for the same reasons you are: to have fun and enjoy live music and the outdoors, in a spectacularly beautiful setting! Please stop in and give us a holler while you enjoy the long weekend!
Here’s some good tunes to get you going…
Last month, the Osprey team helped to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Appalachian Trail Days. In just 3 days, we repaired more than 60 packs, fitted hikers for new ones and sent dozens of thru-hikers on their way. The following video captures just a bit from the event. We hope to catch up with y’all there next year!
Teva Mountain Games. The country’s largest celebration of mountain sport, soul and culture draws professional and amateur outdoor adventure athletes from the Vail Valley and around the world to the mountains and rivers of Vail to compete in seven sports and 21 disciplines including: x-country, freeride, slopestyle and road cycling, freestyle, 8-Ball, sprint and extreme kayaking, raft paddlecross, World Cup bouldering, as well as trail and road running, and the Ultimate Mountain Challenge.
A year ago Osprey asked me, “You doing the Rendezvous this year?”
My response: “There is absolutely nothing I want to do in West Virgina.”
So against my will, I packed up and headed North… or West. Whatever direction it is, it’s a long way from Jacksonville, Florida. Fast forward a year and there I was, round two. I figured my first Rendezvous was amazing, so #9 has to be better right? Once again, I wasn’t disappointed and though its fresh on the mind, it seems another Rendezvous has come and gone.
And to think, despite the uncharacteristically sun-filled skies, the cloud of Rapture almost ruined the show. If you’ve never heard of the Rendezvous, thumbed over it in a climbing mag, or had it on your bucket list for years, get out the calender and mark the dates now! Rarely does one find a place where the quality of the rock is outdone by the quality of the people. Maura, Kenny, and all the folks at Waterstone Outdoors deserve a huge thank you for their efforts. Can you imagine trying to provide dinner and breakfast to a thousand climbers? All the while holding comps, clinics, crash pad sumo, run & chug trail races, demos and late night dancing that can only be described as the Jersey Shore meets West Virginia.
Like always, I’m glad to be home but kind of miss the camping, climbing, music and good people from Fayetteville, WV and beyond. I probably won’t make it back to West Virginia before next year but I’m certainly looking forward to the 10th Edition of the Rendezvous. If its anything like the 9th, I might just stay awhile.
Side note: The only downside to the weekend was the theft of samples and demos from several of the vendors on the final evening of the event. La Sportiva, Evolve and Trango all had product stolen from their booths sometime Saturday night.
Remember this: The world is a big place but the climbing community is small. Karma is a bitch… especially on your next lead fall.
New River Rendezvous kicks off May 20 and runs through May 22. Osprey, as always, is a proud sponsor of this grassroots climbing event in the New River Gorge. The Rendezvous is the annual fundraising gig for the New River Alliance of Climbers. It’s a fun and friendly three-day celebration of climbers, climbing and the New River Gorge.
Each year hikers, former hikers and aspiring hikers of the Appalachian Trail converge in Damascus, Virginia to celebrate at Trail Days. Osprey will be on hand once again to welcome hikers and provide free gear repairs and free pack fittings.
If you’re planning on going, here’s what we’ll be offering up for AT folks:
- Free, expert gear repairs from our traditional Tent City location in Damascus.
- Full display of all the new packs styles for 2011, free pack sizings and fittings as well as great gear giveaways!
- Trail Talk event with Osprey founder and head designer Mike Pfotenhauer from the Osprey Tent City booth Friday, May 13, 2 to 4 p.m.
- Meet Osprey founder and head designer Mike Pfotenhauer at Mt. Rogers Outfitters in Damascus on Saturday, May 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- In celebration of Trail Days 25th Anniversary all Osprey Packs and accessories will be 20% off at Mt. Rogers Outfitters, Damascus.
If you haven’t been on the AT, check out this short video to see why it’s so special…http://www.vimeo.com/20218520
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