Five fantastic photos from Round 2 have already reached 40+ votes, making them automatic winners of the Limited Edition Transporter 40 packs we’re giving away. Below are some of the winning photos from both Round 1 and 2 of the contest — these great shots of favorite travels, trips and treks around the world with Osprey Packs were shared by Osprey fans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Each of these winning photos were either selected by fans who voted for their favorite photographs or by our panel of judges at the Osprey Packs headquarters. Want to enter to win? If you’re a U.S. resident, simply share a photo of your favorite trek, hike, or adventure (including the Osprey Packs gear that was part of your journey) here: tinyurl.com/OspreyAt40.
There are still 25 more Limited Edition Osprey Packs Transporter 40 packs to win — we’ll be announcing the remaining 5 winning photographs for Round 2 (selected by Osprey’s panel of judges) on February 15. That day we’ll also kick off Round 3 of the contest and once again reset the votes on all submissions, meaning everyone will have the chance to automatically win a Transporter 40 if their #OspreyAt40 photo is one of the first 5 photos in Round 3 to reach 40 votes on the contest page/gallery tinyurl.com/OspreyAt40.
We’ll announce Round 3 winners on February 25, and will announce Round 4 winners on the 40th day of the contest, March 7th.
Good luck, thanks for sharing your #OspreyAt40 memories and let us know if you have any questions!
Osprey Ambassador Chris Gallaway is seeking support through Kickstarter to make his a film, “The Long Start to the Journey” a reality. January 31st is the campaign deadline to support this compelling documentary about the Appalachian Trail and if the campaign does not meet its goal no funding will be collected and given to the movie.
In support of Chris’s Kickstarter campaign, we’re giving away an Exos 48 Superlight Backpack to the next donor to pledge $220. The Exos 48, our newest ultra-light technical backpack, is a masterful combination of ounce-shaving, durable materials and a feather-weight internal frame to keep you fast and comfortable on your next journey. Your pack will have a “The Long Start to the Journey” patch sewn on to commemorate your part in making this film possible. Note: We’ll need to get your unique sizing before fulfilling this reward and you must be a resident of the US to be eligible.
A question I have often heard since completing my 7-month thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail is how the experience changed me. That’s a difficult one for me to answer, and it’s probably better addressed by people who know me well and have observed me from the outside. The images above were taken at the beginning and end of my hike (the third, cold morning in February on Blood Mountain Georgia and the last day in September as I walked down from Katahdin). While I know that these two self-portraits encompass a host of experiences and some of the most significant changes of my life, it’s difficult for me to articulate what’s different between them.
I can begin with the obvious changes. I came away from the trail several pounds lighter and with bigger leg muscles than I’ve ever owned in my life. I felt more uneasy traveling in cars and moving at the pace of the modern world, and I’d developed a very strong distaste for the tone and content of television news. On the other hand, I had developed a very avid appetite for any and all foods that I could get my hands on, no matter how exotic or mundane the cuisine. I’d become much more sensitive to artificial odors like perfume and shampoo, sometimes finding them repellent; while simultaneously I was much more tolerant of the natural odor of human beings when they’d been without a shower for several days. For the first time I was engaged to a woman (Sunshine!) and would in fact be married to her a month after finishing the trail. I had also experienced the sudden death of my younger brother and was still living through the shock of that event, trying to figure out what it would mean to me.
When I set out on the trail in February of that year I felt that it would be a journey that would challenge me greatly and change me forever. Yet I held that “knowledge” lightly, fully aware that it was purely theoretical and that the challenges and changes I would face would surely surprise me and maybe overwhelm me. Beginning a thru-hike you have to make commitments that are not unlike those made on your wedding day, reaching as they do beyond your power to know. You commit to yourself that you will struggle through hardships that will wear you down and rub you raw, but you cannot know how deeply they will test you. You acknowledge that you will observe many beautiful things and meet many fine people along the way, and yet you really don’t know what kind of gifts these things will be to you.
I remember that early on in my hike when people asked if I was a thru-hiker I responded “Yes,” but that it was a statement of intent and not one of accomplishment. Now I have achieved it, and it surely ranks as one of the greatest, hardest journeys of my life. I’m glad that I got to experience this journey immediately before embarking on the much grander adventure of marriage. The butterflies I experienced on the drive down to Springer were much like those I felt as I stood before friends and family and waited on my bride to walk down the aisle. On both of those days I was at the threshold of a journey that stretched far beyond my vision, and yet I had a deep, abiding confidence that it would be good.
Sunshine and I feel a similar excitement and anxiousness now as we raise support to make a documentary film about the Appalachian Trail. It’s unclear if we will succeed in raising the support we hope for to make this film, but we know that the story will be told in the end, whatever it takes. We feel that that this is a good story, one worth telling, and we’re inviting people who believe in it to help us make the film. It will be another long, good journey to complete this film, and we’re thankful to have the support of many fellow travelers!
Note: We’ll need to get your sizing before sending you your bag and you must be a resident of the US to be eligible. In order to win this pack the person donating to the campaign will have to select the pack as their reward on Kickstarter. In order to win the pack, simply log in to Kickstarter and pledge your support to The Long Start to the Journey film at the $220 level; then select the “OSPREY EXOS 48 SUPERLIGHT BACKPACK” as the reward you would like to receive for your pledge.
If the campaign meets its funding goal by January 31st your pledge of support will go through and the pack will be shipped to you. If the campaign does not reach its funding goal, Kickstarter will collect none of the pledged support for the film and no rewards will be delivered. Many other prizes and rewards are available to those who would like to support the film at a lower level: everything from calendars to a copy of the finished film itself.
Osprey is proud to announce that we will be attending the action-packed Dominion Riverrock Festival in Richmond, Virginia during the upcoming weekend of May 17-19. We’re super excited to be a part of the only festival of its kind, one that combines the best of both the outdoor adventure and the music worlds. Throughout the Fest, there will be endless competitions in biking, hiking, running and climbing, as well as performances by top notch artists such as Toots and the Maytals and many more!
Not only will there be on-going comps, music and fun, we’ll be there hosting our own events. One such activity will be the infamous Osprey Packs bola ball toss, which you can play to win a pack! All proceeds will be donated to the Blue Sky Fund, which makes your chance to win a pack that much better. We’ll also be selling packs in alliance with Blue Ridge Mountains Sports at a killer 20 percent off, and our very own Osprey Athlete Ben Clark will be guiding hikes with Virginia Trail Blazers and signing free posters throughout the weekend.
If you’re in the area and looking for a mind-blowing good time with loads of things to do, stop by our booth to check out the packs, get a poster or try your chance at bola ball for a good cause! Connect with the Fest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and share the #riverrockrva love!
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.
Nothing beats rising early, crunching along the trail, watching the sky get ligher with every step… and gazing at the stars atop a mountain is pretty fabulous as well. Jody Grigg posted this great shot on our Facebook wall earlier this week with the following caption:
Today’s office location took a little getting too… a wake up call of 1:20am on the trail by 1:40am, 5 miles of hiking with over 3,800ft+ of vertical gain, and after 2hr 45mins I had arrived. Nothing spectacular about the sunrise this morning not a cloud in the sky but watching the stars was pretty amazing from 13,281ft from the summit of Mount Lady Washington. Here’s a self portrait sporting my Osprey Pack Talon 44 about an hour after sunrise with Longs Peak 14,255ft as a backdrop.
Here’s to another day at the office. Happy Friday!
We love this shot from Zarautz, Pais Vasco, Spain that Facebook user Lo Wren posted on our wall this week. Sun, wide open space and wandering on your own two feet. It just doesn’t get much better than that. Happy Friday!
Appalachian Trail Days 2012 kicks off tomorrow in Damascus, VA and Osprey is ready to once again take care of thru hikers and their packs with care. There is something for everyone going on this weekend in the one town where main street and the Appalachian Trail (AT) are one in the same and a veritable slice of Americana can be tasted by all in this annual celebration of the AT.
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.
I recently returned from my first trip to Kauai, which also happened to be my first non-climbing vacation ever as an adult. For those of you who have not been, it’s breathtaking. The landscape is straight out of Jurassic Park, literally, and the topography provides for some of the best hiking I have ever experienced. I broke my ankle this past fall and the hiking on Kauai more than made up for the break I had to take over the winter.
Waimea Canyon is home to my favorite hike I did on the island. It lives up it’s name as the “Grand Canyon” of the Pacific. The hike weaves around huge canyons with near vertical walls. Coming from the mountains of Yosemite, I am not used to the lush plant life that grows on the sides of the steep walls. But just like the Valley, waterfalls jettisoned out from the walls, making for some of the most spectacular views I’ve seen.