So, you’ve got the perfect pack for your next adventure in hand. But this very fact has you wondering what the crucial items you need to carry might be. Fret no more! Our Osprey athlete “What’s in Your Pack?” video series will give you the expert advice you need to be sure you’re dialed for that next adventure. In this month’s video, pro climber and executive director of Paradox Sports, Timmy O’Neill, shows off what’s in his Mutant 38.
Check out the first installment of this exciting series – and never be afraid to ask What’s in Your Pack?! We’ll have a new video each month to help you see what our Osprey athletes are packing.
Earlier this month, I attended another superb event organized by Paradox Sports. Before this, most of the Paradox events I’ve attended have involved a weekend outside, but this time around I headed to Boulder for a fashion show fundraiser at Neptune Mountaineering — one of the most impressive outdoor retail shops I’ve ever seen.
This was the first fashion show that Neptune has hosted as a fundraiser for Paradox Sports. The show featured Neptune employees and Paradox Sports athletes modeling the latest in winter soft goods and shouldering the latest hard goods. The theme, What’s Hot for the Cold, reflects the paradox that exists when disabled athletes are out climbing 5.12 pitches, kayaking Class VI whitewater and skiing the steepest drops. The sight of these athletes climbing high-standard routes in Eldorado or running South Boulder Creek during the runoff, inspires and motivates even the most jaded.
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 week. We call it the Osprey Round-Up… Happy Friday!
Osprey has long been a sponsor of Paradox Sports, a movement created by an eclectic group of individuals with a common desire to integrate the physically disabled into the outdoor community by providing inspiration, opportunities, and the adaptive equipment needed to participate in human-powered outdoor sports. It is the brainchild of Army Captain DJ Skelton and Osprey athlete and professional climber Timmy O’Neill.
DJ was wounded in Iraq and is still on active duty AND works as an advocate for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq. via ABC News earlier this year when DJ left for a tour in Afghanistan.
Capt. D.J. Skelton was blown up the night of Nov. 6, 2004…
Six years have passed since that night. After more than 60 surgeries, Skelton, 33, is back on the battlefield.
Skelton said he is missing one eye, has partial use of his left arm, is missing the roof of his mouth and has limited mobility in one ankle. He cannot eat or drink without a custom prosthetic.
“Those are the details,” he said. “The reality? I rock climb, run marathons, mountaineer, ice climb, pogo stick, hula hoop… I just figure out new ways to do the old!”
In his Paradox Sports Founder’s Statement, DJ said:
Life is too easy, folks. Once you get over the fact that life is not supposed to be but just is as it is right now, life becomes too easy. Deal with it and keep pushing forward. We are not teaching you anything you don’t already know. We are just reminding you that you are amazing and you have unlimited potential to achieve greatness in this life.
Live life on your own terms…
Thank you to all of the Veterans out there.
PHOTO via Paradox Sports
This past weekend, I attended Paradox Sports’ Gimps on Ice event in Ouray. Paradox Sports is an organization that provides inspiration, opportunities and equipment to the disabled community, helping them to continue to participate in outdoor sports despite the odds. I had heard many great things about this particular event from my friends involved, namely Osprey sponsored athlete, Timmy O’Neill. In that sense, I felt prepared to be inspired. Little did I know that I was going to have the most profoundly life changing experience of my life.
Recently, Osprey became an official corporate sponsor of Paradox, and I was proud to be in attendance to represent our company. I came equipped with a bit of schwag to better represent Osprey and also to help raise money and enthusiasm for Paradox. The evening after our first climbing day in the park, Timmy and I got together to determine how best to go about raffling the grand prize, a Variant 37. We decided that the best use of that prize would be to present it to the individual who most inspired all of us, Austin Bushnell.
Austin is a young man with a brain deterioration condition. He has a seemingly endless supply of enthusiasm and self-motivation. With the help of both Chris Folsom and Chad Butrick assisting him throughout the entire route with gear placement and tips, Austin successfully topped out a climb, repeating “I will not give up, I’m going to the top” every inch of the way. Most everyone stopped in their tracks to witness this remarkable event, and I think we were all made better having witnessed this truly inspiring effort.
Paradox continues to grow, and yet will never cease to need help from the community in order to resume providing support to those affected by disabilities. Please visit their website, http://www.paradoxsports.org for information as well as how to support them.