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Mile… Mile & A Half: An Interview With David and Kelly Finlay

August 29th, 2012

The original Colorado home for Osprey is the town of Dolores, Colorado located about 11 miles north of our headquarters in Cortez. It’s a quiet town of about 900 people with what nightlife there is, centered on the local brewpub. As a result, most Dolores residents are connected to the “day” life which primarily involves outdoor activities. I’ve lived here for 13 years and feel blessed that I can mountain bike or ski out my door depending on season, walk my dog next to the river or journey less than an hour for epic and wild desert or mountain adventures. Last summer my neighbors, Dave and Kelly Finlay informed me they were journeying a bit further for their summer adventure—a thru-hike of the Muir Trail. Dave and Kelly are serious backpackers, having hiked the Colorado Trail 4 years prior, so they spent some time with me lining out their Osprey packs to maximize fit and performance for their California adventure.

Upon their return, I enjoyed an incredible slideshow of their journey on the Muir Trail. They also told me that they had hiked most of the trail with a film crew that was making a movie about the trail. As it happened, just about everyone they ended up hiking with was wearing Osprey packs. This certainly got my attention. Here was a film dominated by our product with no intentional product placement and here was a film about an iconic Sierra trail—the mountain range where Ospreys first started hitting the trail in 1974. Now a year later and following countless hours of editing, the film is nearing its completion and in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign. I recently sat down with Dave and Kelly to chat about their thoughts on the adventure and the film.

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Life at Elevation: Navigating the Cordillera Blanca Range with 20

May 17th, 2012
I have been a part of a variety of backpacking experiences. Time and again, it is assured the group will bond in a unique way. The backcountry strips us of traditional interactions, of blinking lights and honking horns. Give it 48 hours… then, you start adjusting to the efficient method of packing, and hoisting your pack, making a pillow out of your down jacket and remembering to look up, and around to the mountains and streams, instead of simply the feet that are transporting you there.

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Friday Round Up: A Family Affair

April 6th, 2012

We see a lot of great photos throughout the week. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each week and highlighting one each Friday on our blog to inspire our weekend adventures. We call it the Osprey Round Up.

Do you remember your first backpacking trip? Whether you were 2 years old or 20, I’m betting it had a lasting impression—it definitely did for us. We believe that the more people, especially children, that we can get outside, the more people we will have protecting our remaining wild places. That’s why we love seeing families out on the trail. And if they happen to be wearing all Osprey Packs, well that’s an added bonus.

Loving this shot from Jason Boblitt on Facebook:

Osprey Packs Evolution. Summer backpack trip in Utah. The All Powerful Silhouette on the left.

Here’s to hitting the trail with your family and friends this weekend. Happy Friday!

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Friday Round Up: Canyonlands National Park

March 30th, 2012

We see a lot of great photos throughout the week. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each week and highlighting one each Friday on our blog to inspire our weekend adventures. We call it the Osprey Round Up.

We are fortunate to have Canyonlands National Park right in our backyard… so when David Taus posted this spring photo from Canyonlands National Park on our Facebook page, we knew we had to share. And we know the feeling of anticipation and excitement that comes with a trip to the canyons.

The Needles. My favorite and oldest Osprey Packs (the big green silhouette from ’97!) One Alpacka Raft. One beaten up copy of Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire. Volker Neumann, Tim O’Shea, Peter Hoagland, Nick Novelli. Three weeks away.

Have a great time, David and friends! Happy Friday!

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Prototype Testing Osprey Packs

March 21st, 2012

One of the many benefits of our location here in Cortez, Colorado is year-round biking, hiking and backpacking. I can drive an hour and a half to test ski packs in Telluride or drive two hours and find myself in the canyons of southern Utah for a day hike or extended backpacking trip. The weekend before last, Osprey held a product testing trip. Eight sales reps from each region of the US were hosted by our CEO, Sales Director, Product Line Manager and myself.

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REI Infographic: How To Choose & Use a Backpack

March 5th, 2012

How many pieces of bacon can you fit in your backpack? Yeah, we’ve always wondered that too… with March in full swing, we’re definitely starting to think about our spring and summer backpacking trips, and we’re loving REI’s fun, new infographic on the subject.

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What Are YOU Wearing Today? Osprey Atmos Series

January 25th, 2012

Our Atmos Series for men provides ventilated custom fit for any backpacking endeavor. While friends and co-workers can be great at coordinating their day’s apparel, it may not be appropriate for the adventure at hand… like climbing to the top of a summit in Baja. Our Boys In Tutus are notorious for this. Luckily they chose the right packs, the Osprey Atmos Series.

The series that redefined expectations about weight, ventilation and comfort in backpacking just did it again. New in 2012, our radically updated AirSpeed™ suspension now provides customized fit, with fully adjustable torso length, interchangeable harnesses and adjustable hipbelt fit. It all adds up to an even better fit and greater comfort on the trail.

VIDEO via Red Reel

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Friday Round-Up: Ode to GORP on the Trail

July 22nd, 2011

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 July and if you’re anything like us you can’t wait to hit the trail this weekend, so in honor of getting some facetime with nature, we’re dedicating this whole month to posts about hiking and backpacking! Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

Almonds, raisins, peanuts, chocolate chips, dried cherries, pumpkin seeds, dried chilis, Swedish fish… that might not sound like the tastiest combination when chilling at home (or maybe it does… we don’t judge), but is sure tastes like heaven after a brutal hike. That’s right, GORP, or trail mix, whatever you call it, is definitely one of the best-loved snacks when we hit the trail. We love the stuff all the time, but somehow it tastes better (doesn’t everything when you’re outside?) and we can devour handfuls in a single sitting when we’re out backpacking. In honor of this fabulous concoction, we’ve rounded up a few tasty recipes from our friends over at Backpacker Magazine…
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Friday Round-Up: Photo Gallery – Inspiration to Get Outside This Weekend!

July 8th, 2011

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 July and if you’re anything like us you can’t wait to hit the trail this weekend, so in honor of getting some facetime with nature, we’re dedicating this whole month to posts about hiking and backpacking! Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

We’ve been loving all of the photos are fans are posting on Facebook. Psyched to see all of our fans getting outside and enjoying our wild places! And it’s these photos that have been our inspiration to pack our bags and hit the trail this weekend, so we put together a little photo gallery of some of our faves. We hope they inspire you as well!

Have your own great shot from hiking this summer? We’d love to see it. Post it on our Facebook page!

Happy Friday!

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Friday Round-Up: Hit the Trail!

July 1st, 2011

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 July and if you’re anything like us you can’t wait to hit the trail this weekend, so in honor of getting some facetime with nature, we’re dedicating this whole month to posts about hiking and backpacking! Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

This week, we’ve been planning our escape into the wilderness since Tuesday. First, we wrote a post about the Top 10 Places to Hike in the U.S., then we gave some blog love to one of our favorite groups, Leave No Trace. We love ‘em so much we have their Principles printed in our packs. Now, we’re here. It’s Friday and the only thing left to do before we can hit the trail is finishing this blog post and shut down this laptop… so we’re going to cut this one a bit short. But we’ll leave you with a few photos from trails across the country to inspire you to do the same. Shut down that computer and hit the trail! Happy summer!

Photos via Bootsnall

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