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The Desert Dawg Trail

August 27th, 2014

Our friend Ace Kvale is one of the world’s top adventure photographers. For over 30 years his action photos, striking portraits and stunning landscapes have captured the essence of wild places and diverse cultures in the far corners of the globe. Recently, Ace has used photography as an opportunity to raise consciousness. Through his latest work with vanishing cultures and international philanthropic organizations, he’s discovered new inspiration and purpose by using his skills to help people at risk. He specializes in cultural, documentary, travel and outdoor adventure photography.

 

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The Desert Dawg Trail

 

In the first place you can’t see anything from a car; you’ve got to get out of the goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you’ll begin to see something, maybe. Probably not.

–Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

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The first time I read those words I was living in a small cabin in the woods in the San Juan mountains of Colorado. I’ve never forgotten them. Ed Abbey left a huge impression on me. Since then I’ve been lucky to travel, ski, climb and photograph on six continents. From mountains in Tibet to rivers in Alaska I’ve been one lucky dude.

But the words of Ed Abbey have always held a grip on me. Hundreds of desert climbing trips have in no way extinguished my insatiable curiosity for the beauty of the canyon wilderness. That’s the thing right there. Wilderness. That’s the word. So simple.

Glamping. Wtf? Seriously? Yet it exists. The other day I saw a piece on the best iPhone apps for camping. No shit. But, to be totally honest I have an iPhone. I have the topo maps app with all the maps I need downloaded in it. I can press a few buttons and have my position pinpointed with incredible accuracy. It tells me right where I am on the map I’m holding in my sweaty hand. You are here. Awesome.

 

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It’s not easy to disconnect. I update my facebook wall while I’m in the airport. Even my dog has a blog these days: http://www.acekvale.com/desertdawg/

But to disconnect is to reconnect. Back to reality, back to basics. Chop wood, haul water, walk. I’ve always loved long walks. Backpacking seems to have gone out of style but it’s still the best. On expeditions sometimes the best part is the walk in and the walk out. The culture, the wildness. I began looking into the Sierra Crest Trial and other long distance routes but the problem was they are not here. Have to drive to get to them, organize caches, permits, the whole thing and what about my number one guy? The Desert Dawg? Then I came across the Hayduke Trail. This is it. I want to do that. But then on closer look it’s all about linking the national parks. Thank God for the national parks. They give the hordes a place to go. But they are not dog friendly and I agree with the policy. Can you imagine if all those peoples’ dogs were allowed to run around? It’s would be bedlam. And the thing is in the parks the wildlife is habituated to humans. The wildlife isn’t wild anymore, it’s tame. Don’t let your dogs off leash. Please.

 

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So slowly, I started to piece together my own route. Our own route. I pored over guidebooks and maps. Each spring and fall season I made longer and longer forays into the remotest areas I could find. I slowly, respectfully built up my skills and taught Desert Dawg how to avoid cactus, how to lower up and down cliffs in his harness. How to navigate the old fashioned way: with a map and compass and all the senses. How to see. How to feel, how to trust. We learned together dawg and I until the time was right. The time was right this last fall. I came up with a route. A beautiful route. It departed and returned to my house. No trails, no guidebooks, but 18 maps. Some sections I had done previously while others were unknown. But I knew there was a way, an old cattle trail or a Bighorn Sheep track. The challenge was to piece it all together into one big loop. One month, 300 miles give or take.

 

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I didn’t go alone. It worked out beautifully actually. Two friends were furloughed government employees. They were psyched to join me on the first 11 day section. Get away from the stupid government shutdown and walk through the monument where they work. Get to see it from the ground instead of behind a desk or the wheel of a truck. Alas they had to head back but where they went home I had 2 other intrepid friends come in and bring my 1st resupply.  Together we crossed incredible terrain. It was wonderful. A life experience. We saw 2 other hikers the entire time. Eventually they had to go home too but by this time we were really getting into the groove. The fatigue had passed and we were getting stronger everyday. We had their truck shuttled to the only road we crossed the entire time. Not only did they have beers and a dinner ready to heat up they had my 2nd resupply stashed in their truck. By this time Dawg and I had been on the move for 21 days. No rest days sadly but we were feeling good.

 

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A typical journal entry from somewhere around there: “Awesome day, fantastic, beautiful camp. 5 stars. Super complex navigation to head multiple canyons. Perfect. Nature, wild and untouched, raw, sublime, harsh yet soft and sensual. Breathtaking camp, beautiful stars, not a breath of wind, shooting stars and tired body. Crux day into unknown terrain.”

 

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We soloed the last section. Desert Dawg and I. Only 5 days. Never saw a soul. Hardly a footprint. I made some concessions I admit. We were asked by some to take a plb. A personal locator beacon or SPOT. While I certainly recognize the usefulness of such inventions I took along solid partners for the most part. Maybe if we had soloed the entire route I would have looked into getting one. I did bring a phone and had texting capabilities every few days. I kept in touch with our lovely postmaster / EMT / search & rescue / ambulance driver and cowgirl. She’s mainly a cowgirl. By keeping in touch with her every 4 or 5 days the whole town knew where I was. It’s kind of like an old fashioned party line living around here. Everybody knows everybody’s business. The great thing about keeping in touch with her was she came out to meet us on the last day. She rode out with an extra horse and took my pack that long, last half day. Naturally she brought lunch and a couple friends to join us.

 

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So we pulled it off, Desert Dawg and me. Accompanied by a small cast of characters we walked for almost a month through the canyon wilderness. I never felt so alive, so in touch with my surroundings. The never-ending search for water, for campsites and the satisfaction of putting together incredibly complex routes. We ran into 10 people total. We crossed about 20 canyons, wore out a pair of shoes, and came back yearning for more. The list only gets longer. The Wilderness out the door.

 

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#Osprey1974: 40 bags in 40 days to celebrate 40 years

August 19th, 2014

#Osprey1974 | Osprey Packs 40th Anniversary
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Osprey is 40 years young!  I fondly recall the moment I selected “Osprey” for the new company, way back in 1974.  At that time this beautiful bird was an endangered species and I thought, if that bird can survive the next few tough years, so can this new company! Like the bird, Osprey Packs has flourished since then, and continues to grow and multiply.  Over all these years, we at Osprey have had the pleasure to meet and work with some of the finest, warmest people involved in this wonderful, friendly industry.  We are indebted to all of you out there who have supported Osprey along the way, through thick and thin, and have made the last 40 years so fun and rewarding!

-Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs founder and Head Designer

 

Since 1974, when Osprey Packs was founded by Mike Pfotenhauer in the front of his rented house in Santa Cruz, California, our mission has been to create innovative high performance gear that reflects our love of adventure and our devotion to the outdoors. We’re so honored to be commemorating the 40th anniversary of Osprey Packs — thank you for 40 incredible years!

To celebrate, we’re giving away 40 Limited Edition bags over 40 days in celebration of our past, our present & our future. Enter to win #Osprey1974 by submitting a photo showing us where you’ve gone with Osprey: your favorite day hike, a long summer weekend backpacking, or satisfying your wanderlust abroad. One Grand Prize winner will win the Osprey pack of their choice!

Below are the winning photos from of Round 1 of the #Osprey1974 photo contest! Each winner will receive a 40th Anniversary Limited Edition Transporter 40 bag.

Have you entered #Osprey1974 yet? Join us in celebrating 40 years of Osprey Packs by sharing a photo of your adventures with Osprey! We’re thrilled to celebrate 4 decades of adventures with you and to give away 40 bags over 40 days.

Enter to win: tinyurl.com/osprey1974

Complete rules: tinyurl.com/osprey1974rules

#Osprey1974 winner Jared Lawler | Osprey Packs 40th Anniversary

“Grand Canyon 2013.” -#Osprey1974 winner Jared L., Little Rock, AR, USA

#Osprey1974 winner Shannon Bennett | Osprey Packs 40th Anniversary

“A lovely afternoon at the Happys with my little apprentice.” -#Osprey1974 winner Shannon B., Eastern Sierra, CA, USA

#Osprey1974 winner Spencer Speed | Osprey Packs 40th Anniversary

“Winter Summit attempt in Grand Teton National Park in NW Wyoming, apx 12,000ft!” -#Osprey1974 winner Spencer S., Mesquite, Texas, USA

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Dominion River Rockin’ Fest: The Best of the Best!

May 14th, 2014

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Dominion Riverrock is the East Coast’s premier outdoor lifestyle festival: bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown’s Island for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront. The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding, and dog jumping. The event was designed to promote Richmond’s unique riverfront, downtown trails and whitewater rapids to outdoor enthusiasts. dominionriverrock.com

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We are delighted to announce that once again we will be attending Dominion RiverRock, the greatest outdoor lifestyle festival in the Southeast and quite possibly in the world! After attending for our first time last year, we wouldn’t miss it for anything — the Southern hospitality of Richmond, VA, the contagious enthusiasm on Brown’s Island, and the incredible artist line-up get better and better each year! Read more…

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40 Years of Adventure: #OspreyAt40 Photo Contest

February 7th, 2014

Shannon Galpin Nominated for Nat Geo Adventure’s Adventurer of the Year

November 1st, 2012

It’s that time of year again: National Geographic Adventure has nominated ten individuals to stand in the running for 2013 People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year. This year in particular, we’re incredibly proud to announce that the outstanding Shannon Galpin of Mountain2Mountain is one of the Adventurer of the Year nominees — and you can vote for her starting today, November 1st!

M2M, which Shannon founded in 2006, “believes in the power of voice as a catalyst for social action,” and has touched the lives of many since its inception. In its latest project, Streets of Afghanistan, M2M utilizes the power of photography as the voice of change.

In 2009, Shannon became the first woman to bike in Afghanistan, challenging societal norms and gender perceptions in that part of the world. In general, Shannon’s work has seriously highlighted the significance of perpetuating equality for women and girls in conflict regions, and will continue to impact generations to come.

For good reason, Shannon is nominated as Humanitarian of the year. Via Nat Geo Adventure:

The 38-year-old has braved some of the most violent periods in Afghanistan—a country considered by many humanitarian agencies to be the worst place in the world to be a woman—to work on women’s education and health. She fostered midwife training to combat infant and maternal mortality in the Panjshir Province. In Kabul and Kandahar, she helped develop reading programs for the daughters of women in prisons, some of whom were jailed for adultery after they were raped or for escaping arranged marriages.

She has used her bicycle as an icebreaker with village elders in remote mountain villages, and in a particularly bold fundraising act, she’s mountain biked 140 miles across the Panjshir Valley. In Afghanistan, women cannot ride bikes because of laws and social customs, a fact that Galpin believes has hindered women’s education by preventing them from being able to independently travel to school. As a foreign woman, Galpin was able to cross this boundary and turn it into a conversation starter.

Women’s rights are personal for Galpin. At 19, she survived being raped and knifed while coming home from work in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

“I couldn’t think of anything worse beyond what had happened than being labeled a victim,” says Galpin. “I was petrified that I would be viewed that way and would have to wear that label for the rest of my life.”

Want to vote for Shannon Galpin? Go here to do so through mid-January.

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Mountain2Mountain Takes ‘Streets of Afghanistan’ Back to Afghanistan

October 23rd, 2012

Annual Panjshir Tour-Durango group ride at Twin Buttes to celebrate Mountain 2 Mountain's Shannon Galpin becoming the first woman to mountain bike in Afghanistan in October of 2009. It brought together a group of new friends the same weekend that 'Streets of Afghanistan' Cultural Exhibition leaves for Kabul. Read about that trip here. http://bit.ly/TCAieK

We’re always proud to support the work of Mountain2Mountain and Shannon Galpin, who founded the non-profit in 2006. M2M “believes in the power of voice as a catalyst for social action,” and has touched the lives of many men, women and children since its inception. In its latest project, Streets of Afghanistan, M2M utilizes the power of photography as the voice of change.

Streets of Afghanistan is, as stated on its blog, is “a touring cultural exhibit of life-size photographs that depict life in Afghanistan, as Afghans see it.” For it, a combination of Western and Afghan photographers collaborated to transport viewers to the streets of Kabul, showcase the landscapes of Afghanistan and portray the images of the people who live there.

After having toured the U.S., Streets of Afghanistan‘s collection of 40 life-size images will now make its way full circle by way of several public showings in Kabul itself, and will enable the people of Afghanistan to not only see these captivating photographs, but to comment, discuss and interact with them as well.

Mountain2Mountain founder Shannon Galpin says it best in a recent Streets of Afghanistan post:

“Photography transcends language and challenges stereotypes and bringing showing this exhibition publicly in Afghanistan challenges what we think is capable in a country like this. Art has the power to inspire, to spark conversation, and to bring joy – showcasing these images in public areas where Afghans can enjoy art for art’s sake, and be proud of the beauty and spirit of their country.”

To learn more about the Streets of Afghanistan project and view some of the photos from it, check out the M2M Field Notes blog here. For updates and info, follow Mountain to Mountain on Facebook.

Photos Courtesy Chris Horton and Streets of Afghanistan’s Facebook Page

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Lane Love: “Bicycle Portraits” via South Africa

March 26th, 2012

Bike enthusiasts and photographers Stan Engelbrecht & Nic Grobler spent two years traveling in and around South Africa — capturing portraits of people and their beloved bikes along the way. The culmination of their project is a book, Bicycle Portraits, divided into three parts that encompass the portraits, stories and essays about the South African people they encountered during their journey. As stated on the home page of the Bicycle Portraits website, “Bicycle Portraits has turned into a portrait of a nation through the bicycles that they own and ride every day —revealing all manner of social, class, historical and cultural nuances never imagined.”
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Osprey Round-Up: Starry Nights

October 14th, 2011

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. Now that it’s October, we find ourselves looking up at the sky looking, waiting for signs of winter… so we’re dedicating this month to that big, beautiful sky. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

We’ve become big fans of photographer Ben Canales over the past few months. He recently won the 2011 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest and his ability to capture the night sky is pretty incredible — he also applies that skill to moving pictures and is the brainchild behind some killer time lapse production for Uncage the Soul, based in Portland, Oregon.

So in honor of inspiring some fall adventures, which hopefully take you to the kind of places where you can spend hours gazing at the night sky, here are a selection of starry photos.

Images: Ben Canales

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Travel Tuesday: The Best Travel Photos

August 23rd, 2011

Photo by Ben Canales

National Geographic announced their 2011 Traveler Photo Contest winners earlier this month, and the winning submissions are pretty killer. Here are some of our favorites:

Photo by Robin Moore

Photo by by Ilan Shacham

Photo by Fernanda Credidio

Photo by Leslie Alsheimer

Check out all the winning photos here.

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Photo Gallery: Painting Patagonia Red With Photos

May 3rd, 2011

Joshua Johnson aka “Joshywashington” traveled through Argentina earlier this year. Joshua is a Seattle-based travel blogger always on the lookout for the next journey. He also heads up MatadorTV. Read more from Joshua on his blog

Photos have a way of bringing you back to a place… to an experience. When looking at my photos from a recent trip to Patagonia, these five bright, red images brought me right back to my journey. To me they tell a compelling story of my two weeks in Patagonia, one of earth’s most desolate, colorful and coveted travel destinations.

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