10 Questions with Osprey Athlete Joe Schwartz
1. What place inspires you? Why does it inspire you?
The mountains. They’re a source of endless inspiration, respect and learning. They’re where I’ve spent some of the best times of my life with the people that matter, and I look forward to many more years exploring in the hills.
2. What one item do you always have in your pack?
3. Who do you most admire?
Anybody who is driven, passionate, and carving out their own path in life.
4. What is your favorite food?
5. Which Osprey pack are you using right now? What is your favorite feature about your pack?
I ski with the Kode 32, which is the most thought out and convenient ski pack I’ve ever used. I mountain bike with the Zealot 15, a very well-designed pack perfect for all rides, from backyard epics to full-on days of enduro racing.
6. Do you have a favorite quote? What is it?
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” –Henry David Thoreau
7. What’s the number one place you’d love to visit next?
Japan. Either for the plentiful powder, great cuisine, nice people, or the rumoured epic singletrack.
8. What is your favorite nonprofit organization?
9. Is there an adventure, trip, or journey you’ve taken that you’d say was “life changing?” What was it and how did it change your life or outlook?
Probably a mountain bike trip I did to Bolivia several years ago. It was an amazing trip from a bike perspective: we rode unreal trails in beautiful settings. I was most affected by the locals though: so much poverty in this country, and such hard living circumstances, yet so many happy people.
10. If you could give any advice to yourself at 10 years old, what would you say?
“Keep doing what you’re doing! Make sure to spend time with those that matter. And don’t fall on your head so much.”
About Joe Schwartz:
What I do keeps me young, it keeps me engaged and happy. I really truly find myself in the mountains, and I know it’s a place that will always remain special to me. I’m a connoisseur of good times.
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