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Spend a Day in the Life of a Fire Lookout

October 23rd, 2012

Ever wonder what it might be like to do something different with your days? Do you daydream about what it might feel like to live in another person’s shoes? If you’re inclined to wonders like these, you’re not alone. And thankfully, talented folks with fascinating lives like Gary Yost are willing to share an inside view of their days in a compelling and artistic way.

The above video comes from Yost, who is both a landscape and portrait photographer and Bay Area fire lookout. He shot the film to shed light on what a typical (peaceful) day looks like at Gardner Fire Lookout, which sits atop Mt. Tamalpais.

In the words of the man behind it all, via Vimeo:

“I’ve been a Marin County Fire Department volunteer lookout for two years and deeply love the mountain and the peace it brings to us here in the Bay Area. Perhaps this 6-minute video will convey some of the emotions I feel when sitting (and sleeping) on her peak.”

Found on Adventure Journal‘s Facebook Page.

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Osprey Round Up: Happy Mother’s Day

May 11th, 2012

This morning, we read Brandon Leonard’s In Praise of Moms Who Crush post on Adventure Journal and couldn’t help but post a few choice lines in our Friday Round Up.

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.

Read Eight Confessions of a Rock Climbing Mom

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

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Celebrate Spring, Red Rock Rendezvous and Climbing Rainbow Wall

March 20th, 2012

Osprey 2011 Backcountry Canyon Trip. Photo: Emily Nuchols

Believe it or not, today is the first day of spring. Our friends at Adventure Journal kicked it off with 5 Reasons to Celebrate Spring. Just a few reasons to count your blessings and celebrate the season…

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Lane Love: Hurricane Ridge

February 27th, 2012

Under the moniker Sparth, Nicolas Bouvier creates tremendously inventive worlds, mostly for video games. His art has appeared in Wired, among other places, he’s won tons of awards, and he’s currently working for Microsoft and the hugely popular Halo franchise. He’s also a prolific photographer, creating images that are often ethereal and reminiscent of his art, including this one from Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, Washington.

For more of Bouvier’s photo work, check out his Flickr page.

Thanks to Adventure Journal for posting this beautiful image and story!

Have a lane that you love? Send us a photo! You can post it to our Facebook page, shoot us an email at blog[at]ospreypacks[dot]com or upload to our Flickr group and we might just feature it here on our weekly photo feature, Lane Love.

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Friday Round Up: Welcome Back Winter

February 3rd, 2012

More from Kim Havell... shredding. Photo: Perpetual Weekend

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 week. We call it the Osprey Round Up… Happy Friday!

The season took its sweet time to come in this year, but it’s finally here. Over the last few weeks, mountains have been dusted and in many cases, pounded, with snow and waterfalls have frozen into walls of ice. We’ve got great plans for the next few days — skiing, ice climbing, cycling and hiking our way through this first weekend of February. A lot of great shots of people out enjoying the elements have come our way, so we thought it would be best to put together a quick photo gallery of our favorites to really kick the weekend off right.

Enjoy, and happy Friday!

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Ditch Your Car: High Heels and Two Wheels via Adventure Journal

November 17th, 2011

High Heel + Two Wheels

Thanks to Adventure Journal for today’s ‘Ditch Your Car’ inspiration!  Knowing that style and bikes can blend beautifully together, we’re ready to make like Erin and ditch our cars as well!

via Adventure Journal:

Meet Erin. She is responsible for High Heels and Two Wheels, a Tumblr, and she describes herself thusly…”I sold my car on July 23, 2010. I rely mostly on my bike to get around Charleston, SC. I can be best described by a co-worker introducing me to a new employee: ‘This is Erin, she wears the highest heels and the shortest skirts and still rides her bike to work everyday.’ Follow my musings on my life without a car. Perhaps you’ll start biking too!

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