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Osprey Seeks Youth LNT Essays for Contest

Osprey Packs announces the Sprint Series Kids’ Reading and Writing Essay Contest. For spring 2008, Osprey introduced their legendary custom fit in packs specifically designed for kids, the Sprint Series (Imp, Jib, Ace). To celebrate Sprint’s introduction, Osprey is seeking great writing that highlights kids' very best adventures with a pack and demonstrates an understanding of the Principles of Leave No Trace - a key component in preserving our wild places.

“We consider the opportunity to offer great packs to kids much more than a sale; it is an opportunity to foster stewardship of and passion for the wild places left on our planet,” said Gareth Martins, director of marketing at Osprey. “With our children's help we can truly save our natural environment for generations to come.”

The contest is open to kids ages six to 16. In 250-500 words, contestants are asked to tell about a place they have hiked or backpacked that was especially memorable. Why is it special? Was there a special encounter with an animal? Mother Nature? Was the area threatened? Was it well taken care of? Last but NOT least, contestants should pick one of the Leave No Trace principles and tell how it applied to the adventure. Entrants are also welcome (but not required) to include a photo.

Winners will be selected monthly. Winning entries will be featured on the Osprey website and may be published in future Osprey catalogs. Winners will receive one new pack from any of the following series: Sprint, Argon/Xenon, Aether/Ariel, Atmos/Aura, Kestrel or Stratos.

For more information and contest rules, please visit the Osprey website at



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