Osprey, Rumpl Launch Backpack & Blanket Collab to Support River Conservation
Approximately two-thirds of U.S. citizens source their drinking water from rivers.
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Another week, another Wildlands gear iteration to highlight something you should be getting your hands on.
It’s not every day two renowned outdoor brands and an immensely talented artist collaborate on a venture, but when they do, you can bet it’s destined to yield a stellar product and benefit an excellent cause.
That’s what Osprey and Rumpl did when the two companies collaborated with Jeremy Collins, a Southwest-based artist, athlete, and activist who designed a beautiful custom piece inspired by the rivers and canyons of the Colorado Plateau, one that was then printed on both a Rumpl Puffy Blanket and Osprey Daylite backpack.
To craft this particular piece of art, Collins drew inspiration from and combined the Black Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Zion Canyon into a single confluence, noting that it was each of those destinations, above all, that inspired his love of the outdoors.
“It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the desert Southwest, with its soaring walls and abstract rivers scribbled through the landscape,” Collins says in a short film—titled Like A River—released to coincide with the product unveiling. “I’ve climbed their walls, swam their waters, and immersed myself into them as just another brush stroke on the landscape.”
As part of the campaign, Osprey and Rumpl are donating $10,000 to boost conservation efforts by American Rivers, an organization supported by more than 300,000 members and volunteers that first embarked on its water protection and restoration efforts back in 1973.
“When we started this collaboration, we knew we wanted more out of it than some beautiful gear,” Osprey announced on its website. “We are proud to support a national organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of our wild rivers and waterways.”
Approximately two-thirds of U.S. citizens source their drinking water from rivers, but with the ongoing effects of drought, pollution, damming, and draining, preserving these bodies of water that are so paramount to economies and individual livelihoods is now more important than ever.
“Human beings can survive without a lot of things—safe, clean water isn’t one of them,” the American Rivers page says. “We invite local leaders, neighborhoods, and cities big and small to dream with us—and lead on river conservation and water management solutions that work for both people and nature.”