EXPERIENCEEXPERIENCE

canyoneering

August 22nd 2015 - Written by: Osprey Packs

World Falling Away: Ouray

Osprey_Packs_World_Falling_Away_Ouray_water

 

Ouray is famous for ice climbing in the winter months, but during the late summer becomes home to many amazing waterfalls tucked away inside hidden canyons.

Filmed during the 2014 Ouray Canyon Festival, “Ouray” features some of the best Class C (flowing water) canyoneering that Colorado has to offer.


World Falling Away is an outdoor adventure series with a focus on canyoneering and kayaking in the Southwest U.S.

Osprey_Packs_World_Falling_Away_Ouray_waterfall

My name is Paul McDaniel, and I have been with Osprey Packs for over 2 years.  Currently I am the Business Process Manager, where my focus is on continuous  improvement for all of Osprey’s business processes.

Osprey_Packs_World_Falling_Away_Ouray

I was born and raised in Arkansas, where I was reared on a steady diet of whitewater, climbing, and general outdoor shenanigans.  After living in Florida, South Carolina, and Washington state (due to a 6 year stint in the Navy) I ended up in the Southwest US (Arizona & Colorado), where I was introduced to a relatively obscure sport: canyoneering.

Osprey_Packs_World_Falling_Away_Ouray_waterfall_top

Armed with a climbing background and overconfidence, I set out on my newfound passion, where following a couple of close calls and dumb luck, I quickly discovered about the only thing climbing and canyoneering have in common were the helmet and the harness.

Osprey_Packs_World_Falling_Away_Ouray_harness

Soon after however, I was able to find a training pipeline that allowed me to bring my technical skillset up to my level of ambition. At this point, I was introduced to some rather talented individuals, with amazing canyoneering expertise, and after introducing them to whitewater kayaking, World Falling Away was born.

Osprey_Packs_World_Falling_Away_Ouray_waterfall_over

With the help of my friends, I started World Falling Away as a way to showcase the unique experiences that culminate from mixing a rugged Southwest environment with the most basic of elements — water. Monsoon storms turn canyons that are normally dry into something else entirely once they flash flood, creating canyoneering experiences only for the brave at heart. Spring-filled creeks surrounded by desert provide year-round kayaking where there shouldn’t be any. Late summer alpine lakes become the headwaters for waterfalls so intense they not only test a person’s rope skills, but also how long that individual can hold their breath. World Falling Away is the about experiencing the moment, and letting everything else fade into obscurity.

I currently live in Cortez, Colorado, where I am also an avid mountain biker, trail runner, and ice climber.

Osprey_Packs_World_Falling_Away_Ouray_night

 


July 24th 2014 - Written by: Kelsy

From the Mind of an Osprey Eclipse

Born in Cortez, CO, Jason Boblitt has been part of the Osprey Packs team for over 8 years. In 2006 Jason got his start in the Osprey warehouse and focused primarily on Quality Inspection projects. In 2008, Jason switched to shipping and Quality Assurance before joining the Quality and Returns team in 2010, where he still works. When Jason isn’t delivering on Osprey’s All Mighty Guarantee, he loves to spend his time backpacking, traveling, drawing and sewing. This is the story of Jason’s trusty Osprey Eclipse pack.

photoFor years now, I have sat in that dusty garage waiting for the day when my owner would throw me on his back and take me out for excitement and adventure. I went out for a day hike once and was thoroughly excited for the years to come. Then something happened that was not expected. I found myself watching pack after pack being taken out of the garage and being returned with fabric still warm from sun or wet with rain. Not me though. Am I not big enough? Am I not what they wanted? The anxiety consumed me to the point of utter darkness in my soul. I was not fulfilling my potential. All that was left was to wait for the inevitable day when I would be discarded with the trash…

Then one day several years later, my owner grabbed me and placed me on the table under a bright light. They started taking my picture at different angles. After a brief moment of confusion and a quick glance at the computer, I realized I was being put on eBay. WTF?! Why would you do this to me? Get my hopes up for adventures and then eventually sell me at a low bid to some chump that will treat me the same. Disgusted and distraught I slipped deeper into oblivion. The journey in the box was as expected, very similar to the years spent in the garage; dark and noisy. To my surprise upon arrival, a bright light at the end of the tunnel. Was I being reborn? Cardboard flaps pulled back and I am dashed by a bright fluorescent light. Held high in the air by a young man, with prominent sideburns and a headset wrapped around his neck. Wearing sandals, shorts and a t-shirt with Jimi Hendrix’s face…but words below describing Bob Marley. I have been purchased by a customer service hippy with a possibly morbid and dry sense of humor. Oh the humanity! (more…)


June 15th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Friday Roundup: Finding Wildness This Weekend

Osprey's Shannon Hahn rappels 150 feet down a slot canyon in Zion National Park during a product testing trip in June 2012. Photo: Chris Horton

There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot. ― Aldo Leopold

Here’s to finding some wildness this weekend. Happy Friday from Osprey Packs!


ANY REASON. ANY PRODUCT. ANY ERA.

Whether your pack was purchased in 1974 or yesterday, Osprey will repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge.
FIND OUT MORE »