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!
Shot in South Dakota in early February with most nights sub zero with -25 F wind chill, this video is a beautiful prelude to the coming winter months… though we’re not quite ready for this kind of cold.
Why are we posting a winter time lapse from South Dakota when everyone is busy planning river trips and getting their first sunburns of the season? Because it’s a sweet video.
Watch and be entranced.
Officially the 2nd annual Access Fund sponsored Adopt-a-crag at Falling Rock Climbing Area was a wet, but huge success. Teaming up together the Black Hills Climbers Coalition, North Central Section of the American Alpine Club, Access Fund, and the National Forest Service tackled cleaning up the Falling Rock Climbing area just outside of Rapid City, South Dakota. The dreary morning started out with an envoy of climbers tramping through Falling Rock Canyon polishing up the crag for litter. Participants helped clean up everything from cigarette butts, old sneakers, various beverage containers, bike tires, rubbermade tubs, a couch and even a few old computers that some idiots decided to launch off the cliffs above.
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.
Hundreds of single track enthusiasts will ride into the Black Hills of South Dakota’s high country this coming Labor Day for the 10th Annual Dakota Five -O, a mountain biking race that will challenge its riders to 50 miles of single track with some amazing vertical climbs. Part of the Osprey Adventure Envoy team will be on board to check it all out, with some great swag, and sweet giveaways.
The Race will begin with a Smokey the Bear start through Spearfish, South Dakota. Yep Smokey the Bear himself will kick off the race. Smokey will lead the riders through town before entering into the single track section of the race that includes 45+ miles of single track through some of the most beautiful parts of the Black Hills.
The course start consists of three miles of gravel road climbing. This gravel road will give the fast guys and girls a chance to vie for position, before funneling onto the twisty, smooth, single-track through the National Forest in the Black Hills.
Along the ride, riders will find water stops, break stations, and the famous Bacon Station, where five-O riders can pick up their official on course PBR. Much needed after 35+ miles of riding.
As riders enter back into Spearfish, the Start/Finish location for the race, riders will find live music, food, pasta feed for riders, and plenty of cold brew.
Other exciting events for this year’s Five-O include Strider Sports Bike (www.stridersports.com) kids race.
This year’s Event is limited to 500 racers, with NO race day registration. Check out more about the Dakota Five-O at http://www.dakotafiveo.com
Hope to see you there.