Breast Cancer Fund

October 5th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Support the Breast Cancer Fund!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we’re proud to support the efforts of The Breast Cancer Fund — an organization that works to connect the dots between breast cancer and exposures to chemicals and radiation in our everyday environments. They translate the growing body of scientific evidence linking breast cancer and environmental exposures into public education and advocacy campaigns that protect our health and reduce breast cancer risk.

The Breast Cancer Fund helps to transform how our society thinks about and uses chemicals and radiation, with the goal of preventing breast cancer and sustaining health and life. Their team of experts finds practical solutions so that we, our children, grandchildren and planet can thrive. Now that’s something we can get behind!

Here are 3 things you can do to raise awareness about breast cancer and support The Breast Cancer Fund…

1. Knowledge is power. Head over the The Breast Cancer Fund’s website and learn what you can do to prevent breast cancer and protect you and your family from environmental toxins.

2. Support The Breast Cancer Fund. Your dollars will go straight to exposing environmental causes of the disease.

3. Buy a new hydration pack. We produced a special edition Verve 10 in amethyst with a front pocket screen of the Breast Cancer Fund’s iconic prayer flags. From the sale of each pack, $4 of the purchase price will be donated to the the Breast Cancer Fund. Purchase here.

June 22nd 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Breast Cancer Fund: Climb Against the Odds

The Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds, an extraordinary mountain expedition and journey for breast cancer prevention, has finally arrived!

After months of training and fundraising, 34 women and men, survivors and those touched by the disease, are finally ready to challenge the 14,179-foot Mt. Shasta. One of our own, Rocky Mountain sales rep, Leta Sharpe is part of the team climbing this week. Please cheer her and the other members of the group on throughout the week!

Join the expedition June 19-25 on our blog, Inside Prevention.

Interested in joining next year’s climb? Contact the Breast Cancer Fund here.

June 13th 2011 - Written by: alison

Osprey Hydraulics: Doing My Own Study on Plastic, BPA and Our Health

Alison at Gears and Beers Bike Parade

It was a love/hate relationship with my former hydration pack for biking. The hose hit my leg and got water everywhere except my parched mouth, the bladder was hard to fill, hard to clean, tasted like plasti, and became a bloated sausage that wouldn’t squeeze into my overfilled pack.

Then one day Osprey founder and head designer extraordinaire Mike Pfotenhauer had an idea: to design the world’s best hydration pack. A few years ago, he laid out the conceptual plan to a focus group of active Osprey dealers from around the world, U.S. champion athlete ambassadors and the ever-exploring, outdoor-loving Osprey staff. What did we think? Would it be worth spending four years designing, testing and then forging into a new market?

We all eagerly agreed, and excitedly talked for days about what we didn’t like with existing hydration systems. Mike went to work with his design team and now, many years later, we are all reaping the benefits.


January 17th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Outdoor Retailer Madness Begins: Osprey’s Complete List of Events

The Outdoor Retailer madness begins next week and we’ve got a packed line-up! And you get to hang out with these guys (above)… See you there!

DEMO DAY: Wednesday, January 19

Osprey at All Mountain Demo-Solitude Mountain Resort — pack demos including the brand new lift accessed and sidecountry riding Karve pack. We’ll also have great gear giveways and high-fives at the Osprey tent, think SNOW!

DAY 1: Thursday, January 20

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Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival Brewvies — Doors Open at 7:00 p.m. show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Osprey is proud sponsor of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival and is excited to be a part of the OR Winter Market showing. Osprey will be on hand in support of our winter wildlands and giving away a plenty of brand new side-country ski packs and other sweet gear!

DAY 2: Friday, January 21

Osprey Packs 10,000 Fans Facebook Party — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Osprey Booth #5011

Come visit us at the Osprey Booth to celebrate our 10,000th Facebook Fan! We will have special guest Timmy O’Neill,  plenty of beer, Osprey prizes and even a Facebook photo booth complete with props to get your best Facebook profile ever!


Support the Conservation Alliance!

Osprey will be selling the Karve 6 technical side country ski pack for $30 (MSRP $79) to support the Conservation Alliance. We’ll start selling the packs on Day 1 until we’re SOLD OUT! We’ve got 50 up for grabs, so get ’em while they are HOT!

Breast Cancer Fund Special Verve 10’s

We’ll have a sign up sheet to receive the latest news about environmental connections to breast cancer via email.  And 2 lucky winners will win a special Verve 10 in purple. That’s right, PURPLE!  We’ll also have these hawt packs on display in the booth.

June 3rd 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Help Prevent Breast Cancer by Supporting Climbing Against the Odds: Q&A With Sarah Harper Burke


Osprey’s very own Sarah Harper Burke is taking part in a great endeavor this summer: she’s climbing Mt. Shasta as part of Climbing Against the Odds, an annual mountaineering expedition by the Breast Cancer Fund for breast cancer prevention.

Osprey has long been a supporter of the Breast Cancer Fund, and Sarah’s excited to take part in this year’s expedition. We sat down with her to learn a little bit more.

sara harper burkeWhy did you decide to join the Climb for the Cure?
This was an opportunity presented by Osprey. Osprey has supported the Breast Cancer Fund for years. This was the first time Osprey has taken the next step of support by sponsoring a team member on the climb.

I’m sure you’ve been working hard to train for your climb, what has kept you inspired?
As I continue to learn about the Breast Cancer Fund, I’ve realized how connected their attitude towards prevention is to my everyday experience. I’m inspired to help spread this message throughout my community. Also, I am a complete novice at mountaineering. This physical challenge is like non- other I have experienced. That alone has been a great push.

What impact do you think your climb will have?
Climbing Mt. Shasta is a challenge that I hope will grab people’s attention. This is no small walk in the park. This is a large group of cancer survivors and their families climbing mountains as a way to represent what odds they can overcome. It’s inspiring!

The Breast Cancer Fund is all about studying the environmental causes of breast cancer. Why is that important to you?
I have not been personally affected by breast cancer but am concerned about ways in which I can prevent it. I’m learning about how some cosmetics and plastics can have a serious effect on my body.

With breast cancer affecting so many women, what do you think ordinary people can do every day to raise awareness and support those fighting cancer right now?
Money talks, even in subtle ways. We can all help spread the word of prevention with how we spend our dollars. Make sure you are purchasing BPA free plastics, choose safe cosmetics, buy hormone free meat and dairy. Little changes in the way you spend can send a huge message to manufacturers.

Now comes the exciting part: Sarah’s in the midst of fundraising for the Breast Cancer Fund — she’s trying to raise $7,500, and she’s a little over $3,000 away from her goal — and we want you to take part! By donating money to the cause, you’ll be supporting the BCF’s work to expose and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer.

We think that’s definitely worth supporting, and just for a little extra, we’re throwing in a little swag. We’ve got 20 Transporter duffles up for grabs for the first 20 people who donate $50+, and to top it off, a big pack prize to the person who puts us over the next $3,000 donated. So hop on over to Sarah’s fundraising page and help the cause and get the chance to score some sweet Osprey gear!

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May 27th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

Breast Cancer Fund Mt. Shasta Training: Snowdon Peak


Osprey’s own Sarah Harper Burke will summit Mt. Shasta for The Breast Cancer Fund “Climb Against The Odds” . Please donate to Sarah’s climb today! Whether it be $5 or $50, every dollar will help in the fight to prevent breast cancer. Donate here.

I live in an instant gratification type of society. Online shopping, instant messaging and smart phones bring me a sense of having things right now. So when we arrived at the trailhead to Snowdon Peak, all I could think about was, “that’s really far away”. I wanted to be at the summit right now. I wanted to be learning all the information I came to acquire right now.

The Breast Cancer Fund “Climb Against The Odds” Mt. Shasta climb is three weeks away. In preparation for the climb I needed to learn basic mountaineering techniques such as how to glissade and use an ice axe and crampons. Graciously, the Southwest Adventure Guides of Durango donated a day of training to the cause. It was 6:30 am and my guide Bill Grasse and I were geared up and ready to go.


April 26th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

BCF Mt. Shasta Training – Day One

I’ve been doing little work-outs here and there but this last Sunday was my inaugural training hike for the Mt. Shasta climb.  With little backpacking experience and after a long winter, I am slowly working my way to being ready to ascend 5000 feet to Shasta’s 14,179 summit.

Three weeks ago I was given the opportunity by Osprey to be part of this year’s Breast Cancer Fund “Climb Against The Odds” expedition. Osprey is a long time supporter of this amazing program and this is the first year they’ve put an Osprey team member on the climb. Being one of the newest Osprey employees, it seemed like a great way to be involved. After saying yes to the chance to be a part of this, reality struck and I started to process what getting ready for a climb like this means.  There’s the fundraising aspect and then there’s getting in shape but more importantly, I needed to learn more about what this climb was really for. I needed to learn about breast cancer.

In the United States, a woman’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is an alarming 1 in 8, and no more than 1 in 10 women with breast cancer has a genetic history of the disease.  A growing body of scientific evidence points to toxic chemicals and radiation as factors contributing to the high rates of breast cancer.



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