Although I am a husband and father, I am forever a ski bum willing to chase after the endless winter. I, like many, sit and stare at looping satellite images trying to determine where to go and when. Sometimes I hit it right, but often times I arrive to the cliché but often true, “Should have been here yesterday.” After the New Year, rumor of epic snow in the Alps started to circulate and some research confirmed that places in the Swiss Alps had indeed received a bounty of goodness from above. Some places had received 10 to 12 feet of snow in just a couple weeks. Europe was off to the races and I didn’t want to miss the boat (plane actually). I combed the internet and came across some screaming, well make that murmuring deals, on flights. I called renown Canadian lensman Henry Georgi and asked is he was interested in a powder feast in the land Toblerone built.
This past weekend Osprey Packs was happy to be a part of the Michigan Ice Fest in the incredible Upper Peninsula of Michigan. With basecamp set in Munising at Sydney’s Restaurant, the climbs start east of town stretching for the next 30+ miles along Lake Superior in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More climbs than can be counted form every season, with more than one hundred forming in a good year. Some of these routes seep directly into the big lake or onto a wild new world of shelf ice once the lakeshore is frozen solid and you can walk on it below the 150 to 200-foot sandstone cliffs.
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!
The season took its sweet time to come in this year, but it’s finally here. Over the last few weeks, mountains have been dusted and in many cases, pounded, with snow and waterfalls have frozen into walls of ice. We’ve got great plans for the next few days — skiing, ice climbing, cycling and hiking our way through this first weekend of February. A lot of great shots of people out enjoying the elements have come our way, so we thought it would be best to put together a quick photo gallery of our favorites to really kick the weekend off right.
Enjoy, and happy Friday!
What happens when you sneak out for a Friday ski session on opening day? Sometimes you make the front page… so much for flying under the radar.
We’re loving this shot of a skier hitting the powdery slopes at Crystal Mountain — and the hot Osprey pack he’s rocking. Definitely has us thinking of ducking out early to catch some early season turns ourselves…
PHOTO via The Seattle Times frontpage Sat 11-19-11.
The other day it snowed. That’s right, I got snowed on… It was cold and it was wet and it was miserable. I was on a rock climbing trip to the Red River Gorge for a long weekend of clipping bolts, pulling pockets and enjoying one last warm weather rock trip. All I wanted to do was bask in the sun, wear a t-shirt and cook breakfast on the camp stove without shivering.
I got snowed on… It was cold and it was wet and it was WONDERFUL! I forgot what it was like and my mind started to wander to other things. I dreamed of frozen waterfalls, deep snow, groomed trails. I dreamed of waxing my skis and sharpening my ice picks. I dreamed of winter and what it will all bring.
The new season called winter is coming and I am excited for it!
Jon Jugenheimer is an Osprey sales rep with Ames Adventure Outfitters. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, is addicted to climbing and loves fried chicken.
We love a good hut trip, and the San Juans… well, they’re our magical backyard.
via Adventure Journal:
Bob Kingsley spent eight years guiding at Colorado’s famed 10th Mountain Division Huts and found it…frustrating. He wanted to offer people a remote hut that could access easy to intermediate terrain like the 10th Mountain huts and hardcore terrain, too. So ever since that first year guiding he’s been looking for just the right spot to build his own hut. After 16 years of searching and then the last four summers pounding nails, it’s complete, and the Opus Hut, a skin-in, ski-out cabin a few miles from Silverton, is about to open.
And unlike many of the 10th Mountain huts, Opus has something for everyone.
“Right out the back door is Owl Meadow. That’s excellent beginner terrain. Low angle. No avalanche danger,” Kingsley says. More intermediate terrain lies to the south. “That gets a little sun crusted, but bust through and you’re skiing powder through sparse trees right to the valley floor.”
The north-facing slopes of Ophir Pass less than a mile away are steeper and 13,661-foot Lookout Peak right behind the hut has the goods, too. “There are crags and big faces and couloirs,” Kingsley says. And right next door 13,380-foot South Lookout peak has “…phenomenal terrain. There’s enough there to keep me busy for the rest of my life.”
… the bottom line of Opus is that it gets you to the white.
Read the rest here…
PHOTO via Opus Hut
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.
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. Since we’re still in the full swing of winter, we decided to pay homage by picking “snow” for our February theme. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
If this doesn’t make you yearn for powder, we don’t know what will… Happy Friday!
Hundreds, sometimes thousands, of tourists. Cameras and RVs in tow. Long lines at info center. Traffic jams at the entrance. Sound like a typical summertime National Park visit? Well, not in winter!
Adventure Journal has a great round-up of the Top 10 National Parks in Winter; the spots you can hit up for amazing winter adventures, take incredible pictures, and not see a soul.
- Mount Rainier, Washington
- Acadia, Maine
- Glacier, Montana
- Sequoia/Kings Canyon, California
- Crater Lake, Oregon
- Yellowstone, Montana/Wyoming
- Grand Canyon, Arizona
- Grand Teton, Wyoming
- Rocky Mountain, Colorado
- Yosemite, California
Where’s you favorite winter spot?
DEMO DAY: Wednesday, January 19
Osprey at All Mountain Demo-Solitude Mountain Resort — pack demos including the brand new lift accessed and sidecountry riding Karve pack. We’ll also have great gear giveways and high-fives at the Osprey tent, think SNOW!
DAY 1: Thursday, January 20
Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival Brewvies — Doors Open at 7:00 p.m. show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Osprey is proud sponsor of the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival and is excited to be a part of the OR Winter Market showing. Osprey will be on hand in support of our winter wildlands and giving away a plenty of brand new side-country ski packs and other sweet gear!
DAY 2: Friday, January 21
Osprey Packs 10,000 Fans Facebook Party — 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Osprey Booth #5011
Come visit us at the Osprey Booth to celebrate our 10,000th Facebook Fan! We will have special guest Timmy O’Neill, plenty of beer, Osprey prizes and even a Facebook photo booth complete with props to get your best Facebook profile ever!
Support the Conservation Alliance!
Osprey will be selling the Karve 6 technical side country ski pack for $30 (MSRP $79) to support the Conservation Alliance. We’ll start selling the packs on Day 1 until we’re SOLD OUT! We’ve got 50 up for grabs, so get ‘em while they are HOT!
Breast Cancer Fund Special Verve 10′s
We’ll have a sign up sheet to receive the latest news about environmental connections to breast cancer via email. And 2 lucky winners will win a special Verve 10 in purple. That’s right, PURPLE! We’ll also have these hawt packs on display in the booth.