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Photos from City of Rocks 2015

Trade shows are a tough racket. Long days, countless meetings, and more than enough shop talk to put you into a stupor. Thankfully, the SCARPA family figured out the perfect remedy to a grueling Outdoor Retailer 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah: a bitching camp and climbing trip to City of Rocks, Idaho. From August […]

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The 7 Best Ways to Apres Your Summer Climbing Sessions

Summer climbing isn’t just about spending time on rock. It’s also about friends, good weather, and taking it easy. Apres, that time of relaxation, reflection, and maybe a cold beverage, is one of the beauties of summer climbing. In fact, we love apres so much that we even make shoes designed specifically for the occasion. […]

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Open-Sourcing the Brain Power of Future Leaders in Conservation

Osprey  - 2 (1)Written by Majka Burhardt – Director of The Lost Mountain and Osprey Athlete

This morning I woke up to a baboon howling outside my safari tent in the middle of Mozambique. As the sun rises over Gorongosa National Park, I set my intentions for the day for me, my five-person team from Additive Adventure, and 35 emerging leaders in the field of disruptive conservation. Disruptive? You bet. It’s disruptive because it’s a new model for building community-driven conservation in some of the world’s most remote and biologically diverse places in the world. Mount Namuli, the site of my now four- year initiative in northern Mozambique called the Lost Mountain, inspired this all.

I believe one of the most fundamental challenges facing our world today is summed up by this one question: can there be powerful collaboration between communities and ecosystems that allow them to both thrive? And to answer this question, we brought the young minds and future leaders of tomorrow into the conversation here at The 2015 Lost Mountain Next Gen Symposium.Osprey  - 3 (1)

Which is what I was explaining recently to Geraldo, my Mozambican counterpart for our ongoing conservation and rural development work on Mount Namuli. “I want their brains,” I said.  Geraldo coughed. We’ve been chatting on Skype for three years and I know by now that his well-timed cough means I need to explain myself better.  “I am not trying to take their brains. I promise. I want to use them…How would you say that in Portuguese?”  It’s the first time we’ve run this Symposium, and it’s been a wild ride.  To me, you can be the best scientist or researcher in the world but without a solid foundation of personal vision, strong leadership skills and a deep respect for the natural environment, all that science and research means nothing. So we’ve taken a multi-disciplinary approach to engaging the next generation.

Since we began just a few days ago, the participants have been thrown into the deep end of leadership training, best practices in conservation and wilderness management, and more. Combining a 5-day intensive in the Open Standards approach to Conservation Management with the first-ever delivery of the Leave No Trace platform in Africa (outside of NOLS trainings in Kenya) and transformative leadership training.  These classroom activities have been punctuated with visits to Gorongosa National Park for a safari, a lab tour of the E.O. Wilson Center for Biodiversity, and for a visit to the Vinho community. Our ultimate goal is that students will draw from all of these disciples and experiences for the final days of planning and creating a plan for Mount Namuli which will then be vetted with Namuli community members and implemented in August.

Put another way, we’re open-sourcing Namuli. And I can’t wait to see what comes of it. Consider what Gerson Timbissa, a Masters candidate in Rural Engineering at Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, wrote when we asked him why he wanted to take part in the Next Gen Symposium: “Humans have produced profound changes in our habitat – much more than any animal species. These changes have often been in one direction that veers away from the natural capacity for regeneration of ecosystems. We have acted in our own interests in short term and have not considered the long term implications…today my spirit is captivated by an even greater enthusiasm for those questions – questions that make me invest time in looking for new perspectives. To me, exploring and conserving nature is like moving a chess piece: the victory depends on the way of thinking.”Gerson is one of 21 African university students who have full scholarships to the Symposium. Meet them and the rest of this crew here.

And that’s enough from me. It’s time to give the next generation the floor.

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Learn more about The 2015 Lost Mountain Next Gen Symposium here: http://www.thelostmountain.org/next-gen-2015-symposium/

Follow the journey:

Facebook: facebook.com/lostmountainorg

Twitter: @majkaburhardt and #LostMountain

Instagram: @majkaburhardt and #LostMountain

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Hello Summer 2015 Outdoor Retailer!

Outdoor Retailer is the ultimate outdoor industry meet-up. It’s one of two times a year that everyone from manufacturers and buyers to journalists converge on the same place at the same time. –Outdoor Industry Association

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is the largest outdoor sports show of its kind, and caters to a specialty audience. Not just technical innovations and outdoor sports apparel, Outdoor Retailer Summer Market takes pride in the outdoor conference offerings – providing education to retailers, reps and manufacturers to improve business. The outdoor industry comes to Summer Market to be authentic, to be a member of the community. –Outdoor Retailer

Attending Summer 2015 OR, August 5-8? Be sure to visit the Osprey Booth (#4011) to see our Spring 2016 product line — we’ve got some exciting new packs and gear debuting at the show! Check out the Show Overview, Event Schedule, and Education Schedule.

And if you’re not able to attend (OR isn’t open to consumers, unlike the majority of the events Osprey attends!) you can get a sneak peek of gear debuting at the show while also following the day-to-day show updates thanks to media outlets like the OR Show Dailies and The Gear Junkie as well as by following the #ORshow hashtag on Twitter and Instagram. We’ll be posting behind the scenes updates on the Osprey Packs Twitter and Instagram feeds — be sure to follow Osprey Packs on Twitter and Instagram for the latest on what’s happening at our booth!

Here’s info on some special Osprey Packs events you won’t want to miss this week at the Salt Palace:

$40 Spring 2016 Skarab/Skimmer Men’s & Women’s Hydration DaypacksSkarab24_S16_Side_InfernoRed_LRSkimmer22_S16_Side_JadeGreen
— All Proceeds Donated to The National Park Foundation:
Get your hands on some stellar new (not-yet-available-in-stores!) daypacks coming in 2016 while also supporting  the National Park Foundation! In partnership with the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support — safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. We’re honored to support the National Park Foundation and the invaluable work they do to protect existing National Parks while increasing outreach to the next generation of park attendees.

 

CLBKldRUEAI30P6Osprey Packs Packs to Parks Happy Hour — Join us from 4:30-6:00 on Thursday 8/6 to celebrate the National Park Foundation with delicious Happy Hour beverages, s’mores by the fire and National Park trivia hosted by Osprey Athlete Timmy “Roosevelt” O’Neill. We’ll be giving away packs and raising money for the National Park Foundation — be sure to stop by!

 

 

 

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Ragnar and OIWC Relay Challenge Presented by Outdoor Retailer — “Relay teams of three will pound the pavement on this out-and-back course. Legs and lungs will hum up the steady climb to the entrance of the Canyon followed by an exhilarating descent back to the start. Each runner goes in turn, tagging their next teammate to run once they make it back to the start. Race for the glory of finishing first, fifth or fiftieth – all participants win!”

Come out to cheer on Osprey’s teams & Support the work of the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) who provide advocacy, education and resources for women in the Outdoor, Bike, and Snow Industries.

 

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Who is Colorado Fourteeneers Initiative?

Project. Restore. Educate.

Osprey is a proud partner of the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative – a collaborative of nonprofit organizations and dedicated individuals who are committed to the development and preservation of our beloved Rocky Mountains in our home-state of Colorado. As great lovers of the mountains and all the experiences that they have given us, we can be so captivated by their presence: the high-country wildflowers in bloom, the sights and sounds of creatures who call the mountains their home, or simply the solitude that these beautiful mountains provide. Of course, it’s important to enjoy the these gifts but is just as important to recognize and support those who make them possible and for Osprey Packs, we realize that without Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, the trail access to Colorado’s 54 14,000 foot peaks wouldn’t be possible.

This coming August 14th, Osprey will support Colorado Fourteeners Initiatives as they announce quite possibly the largest partnership in the program’s history. This partnership would take place with one of Osprey’s long standing retailers, REI, who recognizes the importance of Colorado Fourteeners Initiative and other organizations in trail stewardship across the nation.

More details to follow but we would like to introduce you to this Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, what they do and why you should support them on August 14th, 2015.


Colorado Fourteeners Initiative was formed in 1994 as a partnership of nonprofit organizations, concerned individuals, and public agencies to preserve and protect the natural integrity of Colorado’s Fourteeners after a 1993 study noted significant environmental impacts due to rapidly expanding recreational use. Founding organizations included the Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Outward Bound School, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, and the US Forest Service.

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative protects and preserves the natural integrity of Colorado’s 54 14,000–foot peaks—the “Fourteeners”—through active stewardship and public education.

Colorado’s Fourteeners contain rare and fragile native tundra ecosystems that are uniquely adapted to living on these high peaks. These tundra plants, however, are ill-adapted to being trampled by the half-million people who are estimated to climb these peaks every year. In many places resource damage is past the point of natural recovery.


CFI partners with the US Forest Service, passionate volunteer partners and donors nationwide to:

  1. Create a structure for engaging local communities in the protection of Colorado’s highest peaks
  2. Build and maintain sustainable hiking routes on the Fourteeners to accommodate hiking use while minimizing damage to native alpine ecosystems
  3. Stabilize and restore trampled and eroded areas to protect sensitive alpine plant and animal communities
  4. Educate Fourteener hikers about Leave No Trace principles and sustainable recreational practices designed to lessen ecosystem impacts

Through this unique,voluntary partnership, Colorado’s Fourteener ecosystems are protected from harm while continuing to make the peaks accessible to hikers without burdensome restrictions and fees.


Stay connected with Colorado Fourteeneers Initiative, both on the Trail and Social:

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