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What’s in Your Pack? Timmy O’Neill’s Mutant 38

October 15th, 2013

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.

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5Point Film Festival Kicks Off In Carbondale, CO April 26

April 19th, 2012

2012 5Point Film Festival from 5Point Film Festival on Vimeo.

Since the 5Point Film Festival launched five years ago, the event has welcomed and honored many of the world’s most celebrated adventurers. Founded as a community that aims to stoke the passion for adventure through film, art and live performances, the festival has become a place to gather around the proverbial fire and tell stories of journeys past and those on the horizon.

“The depth of storytelling at this year’s festival is phenomenal — the audience is in for quite a ride,” Justin Clifton, 5Point executive director, said. “From the desert floor of the Grand Canyon to the heights of Saser Kangri II to the remote waters in the heart of Africa to the untold stories of human passion, 5Point is offering up an amazing collection of films in 2012.”
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Friday Round-Up: Powder, The Gift of Sight and a Free Trip to 5Point

March 16th, 2012

Deep thoughts in BC... Photo: Gareth Martins, Osprey marketing director via Instagram

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.

Osprey’s marketing director, Gareth Martins, has spent the last week in British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains with Evan Stevens. Between Facebook photos and video blog posts, the two have made it pretty clear that they’ve been finding plenty of powder despite the sketchy conditions. Thanks for rubbing it in, guys. Stay safe out there!

Photo: Ace Kvale, Elevation Outdoors

“It requires a rare vision, perhaps one bordering on delusion, to perceive the possibility of change in the monochromatic world of the hope-blind.” — Timmy O’Neill in Elevation Outdoors.

In another corner of the world, Osprey athlete Timmy O’Neill is in Kathmandu, Nepal for the next two months studying to be an ophthalmic tech at the Tilganga Eye Institute working on behalf of the Himalayan Cataract Project and Dr. Geoff Tabin. After his stint in Nepal, Timmy will travel with Dr. Tabin to Ethiopia to put his newly learned skills to work. Read more about what Timmy is doing with the Himalayan Cataract Project in his recent story in Elevation Outdoors.

Also exciting news this week a little closer to our own backyard, Polartec launched a contest giving away an all expenses paid trip to the 5Point Film Festival next month. Free airfare and travel, lodging at Avalanche Ranch Resort, $500 and Patagonia and Polartec gear… it doesn’t get much better than that. All you have to do is enter. Good luck, we hope to see you at 5Point!

Have a great weekend and happy Friday!

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The Gift of Sight: Timmy O’Neill Studies at Tilganga Eye Institute on Behalf of Himalayan Cataract Project

March 15th, 2012

Photo: Ace Kvale, Elevation Outdoors

I am in Kathmandu, Nepal for the next two months studying to be an ophthalmic tech at the Tilganga Eye Institute working on behalf of the Himalayan Cataract Project and Dr. Geoff Tabin. I made it after more than two days of 725-mph aluminium tubes cruising at 35,000-feet above sea level with intermittent groveling on greasy airport carpets. I just finished my first day of training and I have class six days a week with Nepali language class another three nights a week.

This town seems to both simultaneously ensconce and entomb me: at once offering the majesty and curiosity of the many stupas with burning sandal wood incense, ringing bells and garland covered lingams; monkeys, cows and dogs stirring up pigeons into the firmament alongside the offerings to the multitudes of gods and goddesses; narrow roadways winding past dust-caked brick walls that obscure wizened city denizens practicing ancient forms of prayer and life.

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Friday Round-Up: Paradox Sports + Veteran’s Day – Live Life on Your Own Terms

November 11th, 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 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

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Friday Round-Up: Rollerblading, Critical Mass Climbing + Bicycle Love

June 10th, 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. We couldn’t be happier that it’s finally June — which means we get to celebrate summer solstice — so this month we’re devoting it to all things summer related! Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!

As summertime hits full swing, we’ve highlighted a few things from our blog this week that have us thinking of summer…

Our good friend Majka Burhardt has recently become pretty obsessed with rollerblading. Seriously, she’s going for it with the blades. And when a certain member of the Osprey crew gave her a hard time, she challenged the whole team to give blading a try. Looks like we may have to break out those wheels in the coming months…

Maybe rollerblading is not the standard measure of health. But it is my measure of freedom. So today, I will go out skating on the trails. Tomorrow I will be rock climbing. I am strong again, and getting even stronger. I am appreciative of any activity I do. I am constantly surprised by how much can change with time. Who knows what this will all mean in the end. I might spearhead the off-trail-rollerblade-climbing approach revolution. I might get a new pink helmet. I might blade and climb and climb and blade and be cool and uncool over and over again until I can’t tell the difference. Read more from Majka here

Timmy O’Neill wrote a post earlier this week about the first annual mass climb of Boulder’s first Flatiron.

Have you ever had a spectacularly bad idea, then been assured by many of it’s apparent terribleness, only to push headlong towards impending catastrophe? Me too.

http://www.vimeo.com/24280405

And finally, some love for one of our favorite summer pastimes — bicycling.

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Rios Libres at Mountainfilm: Spoken Word + Multimedia Performance by Craig Childs, Timmy O’Neill + More!

May 28th, 2011

At Mountainfilm? Don’t miss a very special performance tonight by Craig Childs, Timmy O’Neill and others in the Rios Libres crew.

This will be a powerful multi-media performance. Master wilderness story-teller Craig Childs, backed up by an all-star band consisting of the outlandish and legendary Timmy ONeill on drums and others, will be on stage giving the story behind the scenes for Power in the Pristine, taking you on a journey from ice cap to sea in Chilean Patagonia. This source to sea exploration will give the viewer a visceral sense of what it is like to travel on one of the most remote and beautiful free-flowing rivers in the world that is threatened by a mage-hydroelectric project.

Sheridan Opera House, 9 p.m.

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Friday Round-Up: 5 Point Film Festival Kicks Off + Fruita Fat Tire Festival

April 29th, 2011

© The Joy Trip Project

5 Point Film Festival kicked off last night here in Carbondale and it’s hard not to feel the buzz of inspiration, adventure and pure life. Maybe it’s because our own Timmy O’Neill led us in a chant of healing for our friend Bean Bowers who is battling cancer right now, a yell of love for a recovering Renan Ozturk or maybe it was the moment of joyous shouting to celebrate those we have lost and we, who are LIVING, but we’re more excited and honored than ever to be in such a powerful and inspiring community.

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180º South + Power in the Pristine Premier at Adventure Film Festival in Santiago, Chile

March 29th, 2011

I am always open for a language lesson, often needing to express myself to audiences the world over. And since I was addressing 500+ Chileans later that night, Mateo and his girlfriend Fran, painstakingly taught me the subtle differences between ‘cuatico’, ‘filete’, ‘hueon’ and ‘po’. All useful words, slang of course, and I listened attentively during an impromptu training.

I was in Santiago for a screening of two films, 180º South and Power in the Pristine, as well to emcee and play reggae music on stage for 3-nights. It was the 3-day Adventure Film Festival held in the urban gardens of the Cultural Center of Los Condes in Chile’s thriving capital, where almost one third of its 17-million inhabitants live.

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Gimps on Ice 2011

March 17th, 2011

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.

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