Teaching mountain biking skills seems so straightforward… I’ve been teaching women during my Rippin Chix Camps with Osprey Packs since 2003. Watching the confidence build and the fears fade changes women’s lives, and not only in skiing, biking and surfing. It permeates into family, jobs and dealing with whatever life throws your way. At Red Rocks Rendezvous, Jeff Fox, the bike marketing manager for Osprey, and myself were in charge of teaching men’s and women’s mountain bike camps. Most of these participants are climbers, looking to do something in addition to all the amazing rock climbing camps at the event.
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.