Osprey Athletes: Joe Schwartz
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Joe Schwartz is a resident of Vancouver, BC although he was born and raised in Nelson BC, a small mountain town in the interior of the province. He has been a professional mountain bike rider for almost 10 years. He is a featured rider in the New World Disorder series of bike movies, as well as other movie productions and TV shows (Ride Guide, Drop-In). Through his work with film companies he has been fortunate enough to travel all over the globe, riding in some very exotic locales. Joe works with photographers to produce stunning images that have been published in bike and outdoor magazines worldwide. He has also competed in and judged the internationally renowned Red Bull Rampage, a freeride event that pushed the limits of mountain biking.
A large part of Joe’s summer is spent guiding, coaching and consulting. He spends time each summer guiding groups in Switzerland with Big Mountain Bike Adventures, leading DH and XC trips through the Alps. He is involved in consulting work, designing DH jump trails and bike skills parks for ski resorts and community cycling clubs. Joe is a head coach for the Summer Gravity Camps in Whistler, and has also coached in Whitehorse, Bella Coola, Panorama, Squamish, and all through the Kootenays.
Joe features videos, photos and stories of his adventures on his blog joeschwartz.ca , and has also had writing work published in magazines such as Decline and Terrengsykkel from Norway.
Joe is an ACMG certified backcountry ski guide, and has worked for numerous catski, heliski, and ski touring lodges all over BC. While mountain biking is his main love, Joe uses his skis as an escape mechanism. His past adventures include completing multi-day ski traverses throughout BC and achieving a number of committing descents in the BC Coast Range, the Canadian Rockies, and in the French Alps.
Joe is currently finishing up a Marketing Management diploma program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. He has been using this education to work with non-profit organizations and adventure tourism companies to develop their communications strategies.
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