For 10 years, a dream lingered, but the clutter of modern living pressed it into submission. Still clinging to the pull of wild places and adventure, Fitz and Becca Cahall revived their youthful vision of summits and faint trails by abandoning work and the city for the wilderness. The Love Letter follows a pair of climbers in search of new and classic routes along the difficult to reach stretches of the Sierra spine, focusing not just on the summits themselves, but the process of attaining them. In the clutter of the modern world, can wilderness still restore the human spirit? We would like to think so. This is our love letter to wild places…
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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. This month we’re devoting it to all things spring: celebrating sunshine, getting out on late afternoon trail runs and reminding ourselves that summer is just around the corner. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
After a cold, grey, rainy, wet, snowy winter we couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of spring weather. Finally some warmer weather and sunshine to ride, hike and climb in. This also means we’ve been obsessed with photos and videos that show any glimmer of sunshine. So here are some of this week’s favorites.
Once in a while you need to step back, pause and re-boot. Look at the world around you and the everyday life that each of us lives. It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day craziness. We get busy with careers, friends, obligations and adventures — and sometimes we forget to just stop and see what is going on and really enjoy what is around us.
This past weekend we took a break. We attended Mountainfilm on Tour.It is a celebration of what is around us: life, adventure, nature, mountains and the thrill of enjoying it. We attended the tour in our home town of Rapid City. For the third year in a row, Mountainfilm’s tour event acted as a fundraiser for the Rapid City Urban Orchard Project, an organization that works with the Department of Parks and Recreation to plant apple trees in green spaces throughout the city and organizes volunteers to care for them after they are planted.
In 2006 Shannon Galpin, a single mom from Breckenridge, Colorado with no experience in aid work,
sold her home and flew to Kabul, Afghanistan with the goal of empowering the women and children of that region.
“I am tired and I have said ‘Enough’. I am not going to sit on the sidelines and allow atrocities to happen against women.”
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. Since it’s about this time of year that people seem to start getting antsy with wanderlust, we figured we’d feature one of our favorite topics: travel. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
Today I can find no better inspiration for travel… For living, than this incredible teaser of 23 Feet — a film by Allie Bombach about people who make the conscious choice to live simply in order to pursue their outdoor passions.
Watch and be motivated to live this life exactly how you want to. “That cheesy expression that you hear… Do what you love and the rest comes. It’s true. It really works like that.”
No holiday screams “¡México!” louder than Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), celebrated November 1–2 to honor departed family and friends.
The trappings of this annual event are familiar to anyone with knowledge of Mexican culture: carefully constructed altars overflowing with personalized ofrendas for the deceased, bright orange marigolds—la flor de muertos—sugar skulls, an infinite variety of flamboyantly adorned skeletons.
Osprey Adventure Envoy Evan Stevens, who normally covers climbing and guiding for us over on the Osprey Blog, shares with us his other love, mountain biking, and reminds us that riding buddies come in all shapes and sizes.
In my life it feels as though you get pigeon holed into a social circle based on your outdoor activities. For me, guiding is my source of income, whether it’s skiing or climbing, small rocks, glades, big mountains, you name it. As a consequence it seems like the majority of my skiing and climbing partners are all guides, as we share the same love for the mountains and very flexible work schedules.
However, I have one hobby which doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest: mountain biking. Where I live in Squamish, BC, biking is just as much a way of life as climbing is, and with all sports like climbing and biking, you can choose to be a queen of one trade or a jack of a few.
I guess I might actually be a 10 of diamonds when it comes to biking, but I do love to hit the local trails here. Problem is I don’t really have a circle of friends that bike with my random riding schedule. Sure I have a few friends who ride, but there is one friend that I do 99% of my riding with exclusively, out there on every single ride I ever do.
There’s nothing like shared adventure to foster strong and interesting friendships. The bonds we make with our traveling companions in foreign train stations and on lightning-struck mountain tops are the kind that turn friends into family, brand new acquaintances into trusted partners-in-crime.
So what about traveling alone? The thought can be intimidating. But just as group travel encourages trusting our comrades, solo travel can teach us to be more confident in our own skills. Maybe you’ll make a different sort of strong and interesting relationship – with yourself.
Wherever you go, traveling solo is the ultimate self-indulgence. You absorb new surroundings unfiltered by the tastes, prejudices, and charisma of travel partners. It’s just you. And you can be selfish.
Want to extend your hotel reservation for more beach-time? Go for it. No one is stopping you.
Hungry? So eat, now.
Thirsty? It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, who says you can’t crack a beer before noon.
Do what you want, when you want to. No accountability, no reigns…
People refuse to travel alone based on five major fears, which are completely avoidable: solo travelers don’t make friends, the single supplement expense is unavoidable, solo travel is dangerous, it’s boring, and eating alone really sucks. Holding back from solo travel based on these fears is a big mistake. Based on my own experiences, and after several conversations with other solo travelers, I’ve found these common misconceptions don’t have to turn into your reality. Here’s why…
If I remember correctly, I started mountain biking in 1985. I worked all summer in West Vancouver landscaping to save enough money to get my first bike — a blue and white Gary Fisher Montare.
From the get go I was hooked, I mostly used my bike to get my skinny 15 year old legs stronger for ice hockey try outs in the fall, and ski season in the winter. By the summer of 1986, I started racing my mountain bike and had instant dreams of becoming the next John Tomac. Only a handful of people had mountain bikes at my high school in North Vancouver, which eventually became the place they call the North Shore — the birth place of free-ride mountain biking. One thing I remember most about riding back then was that you could get lost for hours and never run into a soul. Now, there is a constant flow of mountain bikers from all parts of the world.