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Sarah Hart: Battling The Little Wolf

Sarah Hart headed down to Patagonia this winter for some warm weather climbing with just a friend and some SCARPA gear. But it was a different trip than she was anticipating. In June of 2012, I quit my desk job, packed my things into storage, and set off on what became an almost two-year climbing [...]

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Trip Report from AAO Athlete Peter Cutler

The desert sand coated a fresh layer of red on my silver pickup truck.  That dust manages to get into everything from cam axles to sleeping bags to toothbrushes.  Its impossible to keep it out.  While unpacking after getting home I saw that somebody had traced “STOKE TANK: FULL!” in the dust on the back of my truck.  Full stoke: that’s probably about the best way to describe this last week of climbing.  We may not have crushed the hardest, but we definitely tried the hardest.  We may not have been the most bad-ass, but I guarantee you that nobody in Sothern Utah was having more fun than us.  I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, Indian Creek is a special place and it certainly did not disappoint.creek4

It started with three of us, and morphed into a dozen.  The whole Iowa crew it seemed, was down to drive to Utah.  Some of the group had never climbed cracks before.  So, I put up The Big Guy, a 5.11 offwidth (welcome to crack climbing, ha!)  Some of the crew had never mountain biked, so we rode 15 miles on rough desert trails, shredding our legs on our only “rest day.”  Desert towers were on the list, so The Lightning Bolt Cracks (5.11) went down on The North Six Shooter.  Bottles of whiskey and cases of beer were drank.  We danced like fools to Ratatat, the “jamiest jam” we could find.  Friends were made from Alaska, South America, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, California and more.  We chatted about Patagonia with Jim Doninni, drank beers and bullshitted with BD athlete Chris Schulte, and climbed till our fingers were bloody stumps.


I do feel obligated to shout out to the fantastic Marmot Austral tent I just picked up.  One of our days was a full on dust storm – 40 mph winds, blinding dust and blowing sand.   For as light as it is, (3 person tent, less than 5 lbs)  that thing held up remarkably.  I was completely blown away, it stayed solid while my buddy’s tents all collapsed.

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The Search for Animal (snow) Chin


The latest update from Osprey Athletes Mike & Andy Traslin takes inspiration from The Search for Animal Chin, a 1987 skateboarding film featuring the infamous Bones Brigade and one of the first skateboarding films to have a plot. Considered a genre-changing film it features skateboarding legends Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero, Mike McGill, Tony Hawk, and Rodney Mullen on an epic quest:

Seeing Animal Chin in 1987 was confusing because there was nothing like it. “When I first saw Animal Chin back in 1988, I remember thinking ‘Was this a real movie?’” Former Powell-Peralta pro Eric Ricks said. “I thought it was an actual Hollywood production with skateboarders in it. It was completely different than any skate video I had seen before.” Prior to Animal Chin, the handful of skate videos that existed either documented contests like Savannah Slamma or were straight-forward promotional videos promoting a team’s riders. -Vice Magazine

In The Search for Animal Chin, the Bones Brigade crew travels around California, Nevada & Hawaii to different skate shops in search of the wise Won Ton “Animal” Chin. The movie is an old-school, nomadic, skate-everything-in-your-path genre with interludes of stopping to rip-up a big ramp, pool or kicker. After much searching and skateboarding, the Bones Brigade locate a large ramp in the desert. They also find a Chinese character on the inside of the ramp’s spine. They conclude that in searching for Mr. Chin, they may have found his spirit. – Wikipedia

Via Mike Traslin:

It was time for us to go searching for the Animal (Snow) Chin. A low snowpack is no excuse, you have to ski tour farther and climb higher. It could take days, weeks, maybe years. Maybe forever. It does not matter, as long as you keep searching.

The Animal (Snow) Chin is out there somewhere…

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2014 Sea Otter Classic: The Nation’s Largest Bike Gathering!

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It’s that time! We excited to once again be attending the Sea Otter Classic, April 10-13, 2014! In addition to having the worthy mission of “making people’s lives better through participation in sport and recreation and through celebration of an active outdoor lifestyle,” Sea Otter is known for its incredible attendance — some 65,000 fellow bike folk (including professional riders, cycling enthusiasts, and the best bike gear companies) will be out and celebrating all things cycling at this weekend’s season opener in beautiful Monterey, California.

Join us in kicking off this year’s Sea Otter with Osprey Packs demos, bike races, and great new product!

We’re also going to be teaming up with Cambria Bike Shop for a special 4 day sale on all Osprey Bike product in celebration of the Sea Otter Classic!


This weekend will be filled with an array of events such as downhill racing, cyclocross, a Grand Fondo, and many more races that you can either watch or ride in! See the complete schedule for details — you won’t want to miss out on any of this weekend’s fun times!

The Osprey Packs booth is #143, so make time to stop by to take a look at our current bike product offerings, grab some great swag (hello Osprey beer coozies and bike levers!) and last, but definitely not least, come out for a poster signing by Osprey Athletes, the Yackle Brothers!


And in case you were wondering what to pack in your bag for this weekend’s riding, check out what the Yackle brothers keep in their Osprey Packs:



Here is a complete list of the vendors that will be out at Sea Otter this weekend. Looking forward to seeing everyone out in Monterey!

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Scott Bennett: The Highs and Lows of Climbing

Scott Bennett, a professional climber, spent the last three months living and climbing in Southern Argentina. Upon arriving home, the only question he heard was “How was it?” But he has always had trouble answering the question, as the trips are too varied to be captured in a short response. Instead, he defines the low [...]

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