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DirtFest: A Celebration of Single Track in Pennsylvania

May 16th, 2014

Osprey Packs | DirtRag Dirt Fest 2014

The annual celebration of bikes called Dirt Fest takes place on a hilly, chipmunk-infested peninsula in Raystown Lake, Pennsylvania. There are 34 miles of fast, fun, flowing trails known as the Allegrippis Trails System just a few steps away from the campground. The expo area will showcase more than 50 vendors from all over the country with everything from demo bike fleets, wheels, apparel and accessories.

These are our type of our people! To us, Dirt Fest combines the best of both worlds: this weekend-long event celebrates both biking and camping by offering one hell of a set-up at the base of River Raystown Lake.

With the addition of skills clinics, group rides, and a variety of post-ride beers, you can’t describe a better day out on the trail. Check out the schedule for a full list of activities going on all weekend long.

The best part? A portion of the proceeds from Dirt Fest go directly to support the Allegrippis Trails System, through the Friends of Raystown Lake Trails Fund. Thus far the event has donated nearly $20,000 to the trails to keep them open, maintained & accessible to all mountain bike enthusiasts!

Osprey will be attending with a booth full of swag and look for our team out on the trail!

Here is what will be going on at the Osprey Packs booth:

  • Display of all of our Hydration Packs- That’s right, come check out what the Osprey fit is all about! We will be displaying all of our hydration packs so that you can see what makes an Osprey pack Osprey!

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Travel Tuesday: Freedom to Roam in Scotland

May 22nd, 2012

by Serena Bishop Gordon

Freedom to roam has a very different meaning in Scotland than it does in the United States. In Scotland you can walk, mountain bike or ride a horse on any and all land — public or private, as long as you do so without damaging it. This is meaningful because it means, if you know where to go, there are trails and routes “up there in them hills.”

So, naturally, we got off the marked trails and with the help of our new friends (an amazing community of Scots who have lived in the Borders Region for their entire lives) we were treated to some spectacular riding — unmarked, undocumented and completely legal.

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Travel Tuesday: Three Sure-fire Ways to Recover from Jet lag

May 15th, 2012
by Serena Bishop Gordon

Three sure-fire ways to recover from jet lag…

  1. Mountain Biking: Two wheels and tacky trails
  2. Coffee and Cake
  3. Whiskey Tasting

Our trajectory to Scotland felt like traveling into the future, or maybe the past – but instead of a clean break, we lost half a day, never saw the sun go down and arrived in Scotland after close to 24 hours of consistent daylight. Exhausted but invigorated, we did our best to beat jet lag. Our first full day in Peebles, Scotland, located in the Borders Region just 40 kilometers south of Edinburgh, presented us with relatively clear skies and loads to explore.

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Dakota Five-O MTB Race; Getting some Labor into Labor Day

September 13th, 2010

Did you get a little labor back into your Labor Day? 50 miles of single track with more then 6,275 feet of elevation change should do it. How about riding it in just under 3.75 hours. Perfect amount of labor for your Labor Day.

That is just what the riders in the 10th annual Dakota Five-O Mountain Biking Race did this Labor Day weekend. We were on board welcoming the riders into the finish line and sharing Osprey’s spirit of adventure and mountain biking. The race is an epic event that you just have to witness to understand the undertaking of the Five-O.

The 50-mile mountain bike race began in Spearfish, South Dakota and wound its way through the northern Black Hills.The ridge riding along the Dakota Five-O trail is very technical single track, challenging some of the most advanced riders. The riders started off with a Smokey the Bear start and quickly gained more than 1,200 feet of elevation in a little less than 1/2 mile of jeep trail. This section separates the riders allowing for more room entering the 45 miles of single track.

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