Cortez, CO – March 26, 2012 – Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs, announced today the addition of renowned climber Beth Rodden to its roster of 2012 sponsored athletes.
“Osprey is proud to welcome a person of Beth’s caliber and accomplishments to the Osprey family of athletes,” said Gareth Martins, director of marketing for Osprey Packs. “She is a truly exceptional climber and human being and we look forward to utilizing her skills as an athletic ambassador and working with her in 2012 and beyond.”
One of the most accomplished female climbers in the world, Beth has free climbed three routes on El Capitan, more than any other woman. She has also established some of the hardest traditional climbs and sport climbs in the world by a woman, including free climbing the Nose on Yosemite’s El Capitan and the first ascent of Yosemite’s Meltdown. She was the youngest woman to climb a 5.14a, and is one of the only women in the world to have red-pointed a 5.14c/8c traditional climb.
Over the past few years Beth has become very involved with clinics and working with young climbers across the country. Climbing has been her passion since childhood and she loves sharing that with young climbers today, and working to develop their skills and enthusiasm into good stewards for the sport.
Said Rodden, “I am very excited and honored to be part of the Osprey family. I have always seen Osprey as setting the standard for innovating and designing great packs. Their dedication to community and the environment is equally impressive and I couldn't think of a better company to be aligned with.”
Other Osprey-sponsored athletes include freeskier Alison Gannett, climber Timmy O’Neill, MTB racer Krista Park, climber Majka Burhardt and mountaineer Ben Clark.
Independent since 1974 and anchored by the design genius of company founder and owner, Mike Pfotenhauer, Osprey Packs has long set the standard for creating innovative, high quality gear carrying equipment. The collection includes packs and bags designed to help adventurers enjoy their outdoor, biking and travel pursuits.
The location of company headquarters in Cortez, Colorado, near the rugged San Juan Mountains and on the edge of desert canyon country, provides a constant inspiration and a superb testing ground for Osprey products. Osprey also maintains a product development office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, near the factories where they manufacture their products, ensuring face-to-face relationships and transparency with their suppliers. In 2010, Osprey opened a design office in Mill Valley, California, a hub of design talent and the birthplace of mountain biking. All three of these offices play a crucial role in creating Osprey gear that lasts a lifetime.
To celebrate its 35th anniversary in 2009, Osprey launched the All Mighty Guarantee, an enhancement of a lifetime warranty that was already one of the most robust in the industry. Free of charge, the company will repair any damage or defect in its product – whether it was purchased in 1974 or yesterday. Every Osprey product reflects the company’s commitment to protect the wild places its customers love to explore. For more information, visit www.ospreypacks.com.