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August 20th 2015 - Written by: Kelsy

Stage 3 Recap From the Official Pack Sponsor of USA Pro Challenge

 

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The Climb of Stage 2 from Steamboat Springs to Arapahoe Basin.

“16 world-class teams will compete over seven stages that will take the riders across nearly 600 miles of epic terrain. Included amongst the competitors will be BMC Racing Team, Team Garmin-Sharp and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling. This year’s race begins in the legendary Bike Town USA, Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and winds across the Rockies to what will certainly be a thrilling circuit finish in the state capital of Denver.”

Stage 3  of the USA Pro Challenge proved to be a challenging one right away with the ascent of Fremont Pass (11,318 feet). That steep climb proved to be just a warm-up as the real challenge for riders was ascending the upper slopes of Independence Pass and then heading down its breathtaking descent into Aspen, where some of the most memorable moments in Pro Challenge history have played out. Over half of Stage 3 of the 2015 USA Pro Cycling Challenge was above 10,000 feet — which makes for incredible views and seriously tired lungs.

  • Check out the final results for Stage 3.
  • Here is a recap video of Stage 3 for those of you who missed it.

 

Onward to Stage 4 in the breathtaking city of Breckenridge, Colorado – which sits at just above 9,000 feet.

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If you are in the area, we would love to see you at the Osprey Packs booth! Here’s just a sampling of what we’ve got going on at our booth for the 2015 Pro Cycle Challenge:

  • Limited Edition FlapJack Pro Cycle Challenge Pack: Osprey is proud to be the Official Pack of the Pro Cycle Challenge! You can pick up one of our newly designed Fall 2015 FlapJack Packs which is co- branded with the Pro Cycle logo,  a functional and memorable souvenir for years to come! In celebration of the Pro Cycle Challenge we doing a killer deal of $85 normally ($110 MSRP) and only while supplies last so don’t delay!FlapJackPack_F15_Side_Black_ProChallenge
  • Osprey Packs Cowbell — all proceeds benefitting IMBA: Earn some good karma points while cheering on the pros by picking up a customized Osprey Packs cowbell! All proceeds from the sale of your ProChallenge cowbell will benefit Osprey Packs’ non-profit partner, International Mountain Bicycling Association, which supports great rides nationwide by providing trail project grants and funding access issues.
  • Pack Fitting by the Experts: In the market for a new pack but still need to figure out some of the details? Not to worry, our Pro Cycle team are pack-fit gurus and can find the pack that fits your specific needs and style! Stop by to get professionally fitted or just to chat about the options we have.
  • 20% off at Mountain Outfitters in Breckenridge: We have teamed up with our local retailer, Mountain Outfitters to bring you 20% off all Osprey Packs in their store! If you are attending the Breckenridge stage of the challenge, stop by to take advantage of this great deal!

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If you weren’t able to make it out to Colorado this year, then check out the livestream of each stage or the Official Tour Tracker to keep up with the racers! Be sure to follow this year’s races on social media with the Official USA Pro Cycle Challenge social sites:

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Our friends from Yonder Mountain String Band stopped by to visit!

 

 


April 16th 2015 - Written by: Kelsy

Celebrating 25 Years of the Sea Otter Classic with Osprey Packs

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“The Subaru Sea Otter Classic will turn 25 next year and the celebrations will take place April 16-19, 2015. The 25th anniversary will feature a roster of time-tested events and activities as well as all the innovative new products that participants go in search of in Sea Otter’s expo.”

 


Sea Otter Classic. photo credit: Sean Cope

Sea Otter Classic photo credit: Sean Cope

 

Osprey has been attending the Sea Otter Classic for half a decade now and we are thrilled to be attending the 25th Anniversary! This week we packed up the Osprey Packs van and made the trek west from Southwest Colorado to scenic Monterey, California for a weekend filled with top bike industry brands, athletes (all-star and amateur alike) and everything else cycling-related. (more…)


April 25th 2014 - Written by: Kelsy

19th Annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival: We are coming for that Singletrack!

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This weekend in Fruita, CO is the 19th Annual Fruita Fat Tire Festival!  This weekend Osprey will be joining the celebration as the Fruita Fat Tire Festival has made a tradition of riding miles of pristine mountain bike trails, meeting with MTB friends from around the world and support those who support the passion, the lifestyle and the sport we all enjoy.

With agreeable weather and some incredible events happening April 24th through Sunday the 27th, this event is a must-attend for lovers of trail, singletrack and good times! We’re excited to see friends new and old, including friends/festival sponosor (and brewers of some of our favorite flavors), New Belgium Brewing!

From the VIP party Thursday night, to the live bands Friday and Saturday evenings under the summer stars in downtown Fruita, to one of the top cycling expos in the state: there’s plenty of fun to be had! Join the party and celebrate hundreds of miles of World Class MTB Trails!

In addition to high-fives for all, here’s what we’ll have going on at the Osprey Booth: (more…)


May 1st 2013 - Written by: Kelsy

Sea Otter Classic 2013; One for the Books!

The Sea Otter Classic proved to be bigger than ever this year as the 22-year-old event brought together racers, fans and bike companies from around the globe to start the spring season with four days of festivities, races and all things bike. The attendance was staggering this year; it’s grown exponentially since 1991, when only about half a thousand gathered around the course, to nearly 65,000 people attending, all in the name of love for our two-wheeled friend, the bicycle.

This year, there were a variety of races from road races to downhill mountain biking. Sea Otter serves as the first race to kick off the season as top pros in North America and from around the world flock to Sea Otter. However, all of the events are also open to amateurs so if you want to race your bike, you have the chance!

One of the greatest things about Sea Otter is that it is open to the general public, which allows everyone to check out and demo different bike product for the upcoming season from a wide range of vendors. Osprey teamed up with Cambria Bike shop for a four-day sale of Osprey Hydration packs and demos.
Osprey mascot Talon also made an appearance at the event as he cheered on our Osprey athlete Macky Franklin and even had a photo shoot with the Sea Otter himself!

Start planning your trip here for next year as everyone is welcome!

Photo via Alex Strickland


August 16th 2011 - Written by: alison

Osprey Profile: An Interview With Bike Marketing Manager Jeff Fox

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So you may have noticed that Osprey has ventured into the wonderful world of bicycling. Who is behind the scene, working so hard to have Osprey as well known in the cycling world as it is in the outdoor industry?

Meet Jeff Fox, Bike Marketing Manager. What does he do? In a nutshell, he manages and coordinates the marketing efforts for the cycling related product at Osprey packs. This includes consumer events, trade shows, printed materials, website, print and online advertising, etc.. The marketing department at Osprey is pretty tight, so he also helps out with the outdoor and travel marketing when needed and receives a lot of help from the rest of the marketing department.

I asked him some questions, so we could all get to know him better:

Do you have a Nickname:
Most people call me Fox since everywhere I have worked there has been more than one Jeff.

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June 29th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Outdoor Experiences in an Unlikely Place

Last weekend I, along with 50 other young leaders gathered to create programs that will reconnect youth with the outdoors. The event itself was a great success, but the best part was that we were in a setting where we camped, bouldered, and saw millions upon millions of fireflies. Did I mention that we were in New York City?

I never expected to camp within a football field of the ocean, but just a 30 minute subway ride from the skyscrapers of Times Square is a national park.  Certainly, I never expected to find some really good crack climbs in Central Park, but indeed, the northernmost side of the park has tons of them.

Having my eyes opened to such ‘outdoorsy’ experiences in such an urban setting makes me determined to spread the word. Outdoor experience can be found everywhere along with outdoor lifestyle. If you are outdoorsy in an area that usually isn’t, don’t hesitate to show a buddy your favorite spot. You might just help topple the ‘outdoors is inaccessible’ stigma.


February 4th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods, delivers the latest from new team member Aimee Cebulski who is on a 6-month world travel adventure. She’s taking an Osprey Sojourn 28 with her (from our new Travel Collection) and has moved on since her troubles in Capetown…

January 19, 2010 – One Night (OK 2) in Bangkok

My Sojourn is still holding up well, though filthy and one of the straps got run over so it’s a little frayed, but after 18 countries and almost 5 months on the road, still doing well! It’s our second night in Bangkok, Thailand.  We arrived yesterday from Macau and headed over to our hotel on Khoasan Road.  If you haven’t been to Bangkok, this is an area where the crossroads of the worlds meet.  Travelers from all over intermingle with locals and this street is closed off to traffic at night, lined with countless food stalls, vendors and entertainment options

We’re staying here for 2 nights before heading out to Koh Chang, an island about 350 KM southeast of here.  We’ll be heading back to Bangkok on the 25th to meet up with my friends Rachel and Carla when they arrive for a 2-week visit to Thailand…Can’t wait to see you guys!

Last night we wandered around a bit and had dinner at one of the street front restaurants – I had cashew chicken with rice and Jeff had a traditional Pad Thai with (chicken???).  The best part about Bangkok (besides the shopping) is the FOOD!  Phenomenal Thai food at amazing cheap prices along with delicious Chinese, Japanese and other international flavors.  You could eat like royalty here for less than $9/day.

After dinner we I got an incredible 30-minute foot massage for about $3.60.  I will definitely be getting more of those!

Tonight, we actually tried a small Mexican food restaurant we had seen advertised.  I had chips with guacamole and Jeff had tacos with (seasoned beef???).  It was probably some of the best Mexican we’ve tried on this trip, but nothing compares with rolled tacos back home.  Soon, soon…

Tomorrow morning we are on the bus to Koh Chang (about 6 hours plus a 20-minute ferry ride over to the island) for a few days on the beach.  After crazy city time here and in Hong Kong and Macau, we are ready for a slightly quieter pace.  We’re looking to stay first at Lonely Beach (great name, huh)?  Then White Sand Beach.

We’re unsure about our wifi capabilities out on Koh Chang, so here are a few photos from around Bangkok.  We’ll take a lot more when we are back here next week.


December 30th 2009 - Written by: Kelsy

Aimee’s Adventures Continue: St. Lucia, South Africa

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods, delivers the latest from new team member Aimee Cebulski who is on a 6-month world travel adventure. She’s taking an Osprey Sojourn 28 with her (from our new Travel Collection) and has moved on since her troubles in Capetown…

For the last few days we’ve been roughing it a bit in the bush…Staying at a one of a kind backpacker’s facility in Hluhluwe, South Africa.  Hluhluwe (again, pronounced “shlu-shlu-ee”) is in the NE corner of the country and home to the oldest game park in Africa.  Designated a protected area in 1895, the park is home to the Big 5 and has the largest concentration of the endangered White Rhino in the world (2,200 out of the 7,500 White Rhinos in the world live here).

We stayed at Hluhluwe Backpackers, otherwise known as “Dave’s Place.”  Run by a free spirited South African, this is one of the most laid-back places we’ve stayed on this trip.  It’s about 1.5K from the entrance to the park and set in very pretty rolling countryside surrounded by Zulu homesteads.  “Town” is about 12K away.

Our “en-suite” room turned out to mean there was a toilet in the building, not our room, but we weren’t too put off – Dave and Sean’s (our other host) attitudes and the vibe instantly puts you at ease.  We were treated like members of the family, sharing stories and food and generally being all around nice guys.  It was very relaxing out in the bush, quiet and we enjoyed the company of the other travelers at Dave’s.

Our first night we had a bit of a start when the frame of a picture on the wall spontaneously failed at 2 a.m. and the glass in the picture fell out, shattering on the tile floor.  We thought one of the critters from the nearby park had gotten into our room!  Our night was a little sleepless and we were tired in the morning for our game drive, but raring to go nonetheless.

The park at Hluhluwe was very different than the parks in Kenya; much more rolling hillside and forest-like shrubbery and far greener.  This area hasn’t been as devastated by drought and the landscape was vibrant and lush and the animals were much healthier.  We had a great ½ day in the park, seeing many great animals and spotting lots of rhinos…One group of 5 playing around a water hole right near the road was fun to watch.  You don’t want to get too close though!

Speaking of close, we did have an amazing encounter where two herds of water buffalo came together basically right in front of us on the road and we were parked for more than a half hour watching the two groups greet each other and exchange formalities before linking up.  It was fascinating and our guide gave us great insight into what all the behavior meant.  He also instructed us to just be mellow and not make any big sudden movements since the buffalo were checking us out.

After a while they started to clear but one juvenile stubbornly blocked the road.  We were amazed as our guide talked to him gently in Afrikaans, asking him to please move to the side.  Amazingly, it worked!

We’re now in the town of St. Lucia, part of the greater St. Lucia Estuary.  It’s a protected area where the river meets the Indian Ocean and home to lots of hippos and crocs.  Tomorrow morning we’ll walk down to the protected area where you can watch from the shores and try to scout out these beautiful but shy creatures.

Tuesday morning we head to Sodwana Bay to begin our next dive adventure!  We’ve talked to several people who have said Sodwana has great diving and we are hoping for good conditions.


December 18th 2009 - Written by: Kelsy

Robbed in Capetown!

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods, delivers the latest from new team member Aimee Cebulski who is on a 6-month world travel adventure. She’s taking an Osprey Sojourn 28 with her (from our new Travel Collection). Trouble struck in Capetown, as Aimee and her partner were robbed…

For the first time in both our lives, Jeff & I were robbed.  Last night, we came back from dinner to find our room door was unlocked.  Jeff opened the door and we found our stuff scattered all over the floor.  After all the hundreds of places the two of us have stayed in over the years, it’s the first time either one of us have been robbed. It sucks.

What really sucks is our guest lodge is in a very nice, quiet part of Cape Town and is super secured with outside gates and two double-locked front doors.  This was an inside job.  No forced entry.  Our door had been unlocked and then they opened up the back door and the back security gate and slipped out.

It’s ironic:  We have stayed in so many places with many more opportunities for theft – tents with nothing but a zipper, old doors, etc….However; this place had outstanding security features.  Go figure.

Let me make this very clear:  We were SO lucky.  Our room had a safe where we had our passports, credit cards, extra cash and the netbook.   We had gone out to dinner for a few hours so I didn’t bring my camera (too bulky).  So now that’s gone, including my brand-new Tamron super zoom lens I bought for this trip.  Oh well, at least I got to use it on safari which was its number one purpose.

They also took Jeff’s entire backpack.  Most of his clothes were left behind but they took his whole pack.  Mine was spared and all my clothes were still there minus my windbreaker and hiking shoes (who wants my smelly old Merrells????)

For me, the saddest part is the loss of Passport Duck.  I can get another camera, another iPod and reload it when I get home…  Passport Duck was in my backpack, tucked away in his regular spot.  He’s gone.  Also gone is my little bag of jewelry I brought from home – Nothing of any real value – But sentimental pieces from previous travels that are irreplaceable.

Also a bit of a bummer is the fact that I had several souvenirs that I was actually just getting ready to mail home for Christmas that I had picked up for loved ones here in Africa.   Sorry everyone!

Jeff’s also now out a Dive Computer, we both lost all our chargers/cables and Jeff’s cool travel sleeping bag was in his backpack too.  On the bright side, they somehow missed Jeff’s camera tucked in his small backpack so at least we still have one camera!

We’re not going to dwell on this.  It’s not a reflection on Cape Town or Africa.  This could have happened anywhere.  Someone had a key and it happened fast.

We’re totally fine, no harm done, just a few things to be replaced.  If we had to get some new stuff, at least we are in one of the best places for some shopping.

Since the robbers took the extra key we had left in the room during dinner, we’ve bailed out of Ashanti Gardens and moved to its sister property a few miles away called Ashanti Green Point.   We’re still planning on enjoying Cape Town and meeting up with Jeff’s friends on Sunday.  Hey, any excuse for some more wine, right???

It’s been a crazy day and we wanted to share our latest development.  I’ll have to find something new to replace Passport Duck – More to come!

Editor’s note: Aimee’s Osprey Sojourn (see below) was not stolen! Here’s what she had to say —
‘They didn’t take my Sojourn, probably because it was open and on the floor, not easy to stuff things in and run…However, they did get Jeff’s Osprey Ather 70 which he bought for the trip!

Sojourn 28

Features of the Sojourn 28 wheeled convertible pack: Our StraightJacket™ compression system has always been well-suited to the rigors of travel. Add the High Road™ Chassis to the mix and you’ve got the Sojourn. For those who want to reduce the hoist component of their haul time it can’t be beat. When you do need to carry the Sojourn our superb zip-away suspension is on the ready. You’ll also find foam sidewalls for keeping the load secure, while handy mesh pockets, clothing straps and front panel daisy chains maintain your organization. Colors available: Earth, Charcoal, Pepper. Click here for more information – Sojourn Series.

For more information about Aimee, check out her bio page here.


December 14th 2009 - Written by: Kelsy

Aimee’s next stop: Zanzibar

The Osprey Brand Team, a group of ambassadors reporting from the field at consumer outdoor events across the country as well as reporting on adventures in their own neck of the woods, delivers the latest from new team member Aimee Cebulski who is on a 6-month world travel adventure. She’s taking an Osprey Sojourn 28 with her (from our new Travel Collection). She recently landed in Stone Town, Zanzibar

Set off the coast of mainland Tanzania, Zanzibar is an ancient island full of flavor, spice and history. Over the centuries, this small island has been dominated by Persian, British and African cultures, and the result is a unique feel of crumbling colonialism with a tropical vibe.

Zanzibar gained prominence mostly for its good location to access the trade winds and distance between Africa and the Middle East. It became a major trading hub and also legendary for its spices. Cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, lemongrass and countless other fragrances fill the air here.

In addition to its distinction in the spice trade, Zanzibar was also under colonial rule for quite some time and was a major port in the African slave trade. Thousands passed through here in route to places like Britain, Oman, Persia and other Asian destinations.

The resulting culture here is one of a true melting pot. Swahili is easily intermixed with English, Arabic and even Portuguese around town. The cuisine here is also quite varied, ruled by spiced dishes such as rice and sautéed vegetables and meat. The food here has been very tasty and we’ve gone to the night market where chefs in white coats and hats grill up fresh seafood from the day and local delicacies like a Zanzibar Pizza (more like a quiche filled with meats, cheeses and spices). At an average of one or two dollars per item, it’s quite a steal!

We’ve visited some of the main historical sites here such as the House of Wonders and the Old Fort and wandered the maze of crumbling buildings in the compact old center of town. One of the most popular places to take in the sunset is the main bar at The Africa House, one of the oldest hotels in Africa…Even for being an upscale renovated historical property, drinks at the bar still remain a good value and the balcony is spectacular for the afternoon light.

On a musical note, Zanzibar is the home of Queen frontman the late Freddie Mercury; several buildings around town pay homage to him and there’s even a restaurant (Mercury’s) with an outstanding waterfront view and Queen memorabilia on the walls.

Today I ventured out of Stone Town and went on a half day spice tour. Our guide took the group out to a local spice farm where we saw how cloves, vanilla, peppers, cinnamon, pineapples, breadfruits, coconuts and more are locally grown and various harvest techniques. No wonder the island is renowned for its spices! Their procedures are painstaking and thorough to ensure the best quality end product.

The highlight of the spice tour was lunch at a local home. Our hostess had prepared us a lunch of spiced rice (with spices right from the trees) and various sautéed vegetables and sauces. We sat on mats on the floor and enjoyed this simply prepared home cooked meal. It was delicious! Her mastery of balancing the spices obviously came from generations of instruction.

Tomorrow we are heading north out of Stone Town, to the beach area called Nungwi, to check out the famous turquoise Zanzibar waters and see about potential good dive spots. Wifi seems to be hard to come by around here, so hopefully we’ll be able to post again soon.

Sojourn 28

Features of the Sojourn 28 wheeled convertible pack: Our StraightJacket™ compression system has always been well-suited to the rigors of travel. Add the High Road™ Chassis to the mix and you’ve got the Sojourn. For those who want to reduce the hoist component of their haul time it can’t be beat. When you do need to carry the Sojourn our superb zip-away suspension is on the ready. You’ll also find foam sidewalls for keeping the load secure, while handy mesh pockets, clothing straps and front panel daisy chains maintain your organization. Colors available: Earth, Charcoal, Pepper. Click here for more information – Sojourn Series.

For more information about Aimee, check out her bio page here.


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