November 16th 2015 - Written by: Kelsy

#MusicMondays: Leftover Salmon


This week’s #MusicMondays celebration recognizes a Colorado favorite and a group that is near and dear to our hearts — Leftover Salmon! For those of you who haven’t yet heard of Leftover Salmon, this group has been on the scene for 25 years!

Looking  back  on  the legacy of  rootsy,  string-based  music,  the impact  of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn’t so common, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the  jamgrass  genre.  Today,  Leftover  Salmon  consists of Vince  Herman  (vocals,  acoustic  guitar, washboard); Drew Emmitt (vocals, acoustic and electric mandolin, electric guitar, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo); Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass); Alwyn Robinson (drums).

This November they’re celebrating by giving back to their fans with something that will pull at your heartstrings – a new release of their latest album, “High-Country” as well as a limited edition 20 oz. Bomber, The Silver Salmon IPL by Breckenridge Brewery!

“It’s the perfect beer for hanging out at a show and celebrating life, music, and Colorado!  There’s no fishy aftertaste, we promise!” according to Greg Garrison, bass player for Leftover Salmon. Not only do you get to enjoy this tasty beverage after a long day outside,  when you purchase a Silver Salmon IPL, you will receive a the free album download and celebrate 25 years of Leftover Salmon and Breckenridge Brewery! The album, “25,” will feature twenty five never-before-released live recordings, and will also be available on iTunes and all digital outlets beginning November 27th!

For More Information on this exclusive release and tour dates visit their website


We interviewed Banjoist Andy Thorn and Drummer Alwyn Robinson to get to know a little bit more about these musicians, the band and how they get outdoors:

Q: If you could give any advice to yourself at 10 years old, what would you say?

AR: “I would tell my 10 year old self to keep enjoying the countless hours that were spent watching “Power Rangers” and to never stop running around the house pretending to be a ninja! Sure is a great way to frighten your parents when they come home late at night.”

AT: Get a banjo and learn to play it, it will change you’re life.”

Q: What’s on your current playlist?

AR: My current playlist (albums) for this week:

Erykah Badu – “Mama’s Gun”
Gary Clark Jr. – “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim”
Clifford Brown – “Study In Brown”
Paul Simon – “Graceland”
Ella Fitzgerald – “Ella and Louis”
Bob Marley – “Catch a Fire”
Aretha Franklin – “Amazing Grace”
Ray Charles – “Yes Indeed!”
A Tribe Called Quest – “Low End Theory”
Incubus – “Morning View”
Steely Dan – “Aja”

AT: The new Jon Stickley Trio is amazing! Also really into Hayes Carll at the moment and Hard Working Americans.

Q: What’s your spirit animal and why?

AR: “The owl – Intuitive, the presence of an owl announces change, wisdom… I feel like I’m trying to impress a young lady right now…”

AT: “I would say a bear. They’re all over our new neighborhood in Boulder, CO. and I try to think like a bear to keep them out of our house and trash.”

Q: If there was one musician from the past that you could have dinner with, who would it be? What would you ask them?

AR: “I would love to sit down with Tony Williams (started drumming for Miles Davis at the age of 17). Some of the questions that I’d ask: ‘What sort of pressure did you feel performing with Miles Davis at such a young age? What was the intensity like of the social environment that you were engaged in during that era and how big of a role did that play on your emotional approach to music?'”

AT: “John Hartford. I think I saw him play once but was very young. I’m obsessed with his songs and banjo playing and would love to pick his brain.”

Q: When you aren’t on tour, what is something you like to do in your free time?

AR:I love walking around and exploring new coffee shops in NYC/whatever city I may be visiting. The different atmospheres at the numerous coffee shops in that city are great and there’s always a good opportunity to meet some great people. What better way to start your day with a kind gesture than by purchasing someone’s coffee! It’s inexpensive, and it is an easy way to spread a positive vibe along with good conversation.”

AT: “I love to cook. If I’m home I like to cook every meal I eat out enough on the road and its healthier and more fun!”

Q: Are you a cat or dog person?

AR: “100% dog person. I own a Boxer, and there’s just something about being able to go outdoors with your dog and hanging out that suits me better.”

AT: “Haha, neither.

Q: What do you like to do in the outdoors? 

AR: “I enjoy kayaking, being in the mountains, biking as much as possible, and going on nice hikes. Always a nice way to enjoy the day whether I’m on tour or off of tour and is a great way to clear the head and press the ‘refresh’ button.”


Andy Thorn fly-fishing with his Raptor 14

AT: “Everything! I love to camp and mountain bike in the summer, especially if I can route from festival to festival in CO. in between. But winter is probably my favorite, skiing in CO. is so easy and awesome. You can’t beat ‘ski tour’ where you’re picking at night and skiing all day, meeting all the great people and just having a blast.”

Q: What place inspires you? Why does it inspire you?

AR: “Traveling to any place inspires me, whether it be somewhere that I’ve been numerous times or to a place foreign to me. It’s a great opportunity for me to reconnect with a familiar culture or the option of experiencing something new presents itself, which is always an adventurous, humbling time for me. I used to believe that you had to travel to foreign territories to discover inspiration, but sometimes revisiting a familiar place can bring just as much inspiration.”

AT: “The whole western slope of CO. I love camping near Crested Butte in the summer when the wildflowers are blooming or the fall aspens. That is my best time to get out the banjo or guitar and work on new songs with all the inspiration around.”

Q: What one item do you always have in your pack?

AR: “I always carry my little ‘thought’ book. That notebook allows me to express myself, create, and is essential for my reflecting. I try to go back and read the things jotted down to figure out where I was at that point of time and how I’ve processed that information into my current state of mind.”

AT: “My water purifier. I like to stay very hydrated and you can almost always find some kind of water to pump and drink.”

Q: Which Osprey pack are you using right now? What is your favorite feature about your pack?

AR: “I’m currently using the Osprey Flapjack Pack as well as the Shuttle 36″/130L everywhere that I travel. I’m in love with the backpack for the various compartments within the back followed with a simple, sleek design. It allows me to pack numerous items, such as my Macbook, books, magazines, sticks, and leaves plenty of room for extra accessory items; the comfort of the backpack is very nice, especially if you’re exploring and carrying weight for long periods of time. The Shuttle 36 is perfect for traveling due to the wheels, allowing an easy haul whenever you’re moving from place to place. I also tour quite a bit and carry many things with me and this bag allows a great amount of space/compartments to make this possible.”

AT: “I absolutely love the Shuttle 36″. I can fit my pedal boards and all my other stuff, and sometimes my soft banjo case sticking out to roll long distance. It sure has made travel easy and smooth. We also use the hydration packs all the time when biking. I never used to use one before I had an Osprey and I’ve had much more energy by staying more hydrated with my Raptor 14.”


Alywn discovering the Red Woods with his Flap Jack.


Enter to win an Osprey FlapJack (or Jill) and a signed copy of the newest Leftover Salmon Album, “High Country”

Leftover Salmon Giveaway

September 4th 2015 - Written by: Kelsy

Osprey Heads to Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival


photo via Gregory Alan Isakov

“Now in its 45th year, our Bumbershoot Festival is one of Seattle’s largest cultural touchstones. Each year, thousands of people across the country flock to Seattle to attend the acclaimed festival, which has become one of the biggest and best-loved contemporary festivals in North America. Bumbershoot’s diverse programming includes live music, comedy, theatre, film, visual arts, dance performance, and more.”



Osprey is pleased to announce that we will be attending Bumbershoot Festival taking place in the Seattle this Labor Day weekend!

As far as festivals go, Bumbershoot might just take the cake for offering an incredible weekend in the heart of a lively city — each day of the festival providing so many stellar options of what to see and do (making it pretty tough to pick and choose when planning your daily festival schedule!). In just three magical days, the historic, iconic Seattle Center comes alive with over 100+ artists from almost every music genre imaginable, performances in comedy, dance and film and endless opportunities to discover something new.

After 45 years, Bumbershoot is Seattle’s longest standing festival and has perfected their wide offering of arts & culture for anyone in the city during Labor day weekend — something that we at Osprey are very excited to be part of!

If you plan on visiting Bumbershoot, make sure to add a visit to the Osprey Packs booth to your schedule – here are more than just a few reasons why:

  • 20% off Select Osprey Packs -You heard right! We will be selling select Osprey Packs atBumbershoot_Osprey_Packs_Seattle_2015_festival_packs our booth at 20% off retail price in celebration of Bumbershoot! We have a selection of day packs and hydration packs and supplies won’t last long! If you don’t find what you are looking for then stop by Osprey Retailer, Second Ascent as they will be doing 20% off all Osprey packs in store! Their location in Seattle is at: 5209 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA.
  • Our Anti-Gravity Fit Station: Revolutionary. Innovative & maybe a little bit magic: our award-winning Anti-Gravity™ Suspension system provides seamless comfort that contours the body allowing a trail experience like no other. Combined with custom capability and a full feature set, the Atmos AG™ sets a new standard in ventilated backpacking. Interested in finding out what all the fuss is about and checking out for yourself what this award-winning pack feels like? Stop by our booth to try AG™ out at our Anti-Gravity Fit Station.
  • How to Pack and Repair Your Pack Clinics: Know before you go! The Osprey Packs crew is on hand to share all the essential information relating to pack repairs and the what/how/why of packing your pack, which is invaluable on and off the trail! The first 15 people to sign up for one of these clinics will receive free food, drinks, an Osprey Packs Repair Kit, an Osprey pint glass and custom Osprey hat – make sure you sign up! Our pack repair clinics are on Sunday 9/6 & Monday 9/7 from 3-4 pm.



August 20th 2015 - Written by: Kelsy

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



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.


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!



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:





Follow Osprey Packs on social media to keep up with the race throughout the week:





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



June 27th 2014 - Written by: Kelsy

Osprey Returns to Electric Forest!

279006_196059957109383_164008423647870_471059_3328831_oThe Sherwood Forest is calling our name…and we are ready to return!

When asked to describe the Forest, it’s difficult to find the right words. Those who have participated in the experience that is Electric Forest understand the life-changing event June 26th-29th in the tiny community of Rothbury, Michigan.

A rural town of 400 quickly becomes a buzzing “city” of 30,000 when people from all over the world come together for a weekend of live music performances and life-size art installations set in the depths of the woods amid the trees, which are lit up with an electric, glowing light once night falls. Need we explain why we’ve decided to  return?


Here are a few of the unique activities that you will only find at the Osprey Packs tent — so don’t forget to stop by! And remember: BIRD IS THE WORD! (more…)

March 2nd 2014 - Written by: Kelsy

50 Shades of Osprey


Osprey Athlete Payge McMahon is an adventure athlete, ‘rockin’ yogi’ and journalist who travels the world inspiring others to get outdoors, try new things and start checking off that bucket list.

In 2007, at the age of 33, my life changed forever. I bought my first Osprey Pack, an orange Stratos 24.  I loved it. It took me to places I never imagined. (more…)


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