As the federal government shutdown continues into its fifth week, the business of outdoor recreation is feeling the effects. Specialty retail stores and adventure outfitters located in gateway communities near national parks are on the front lines of a political conflict that has ...read more
When Jill Shuman started pitching retailers her natural blister prevention product, eNZees Foot Soother, in 2016, Backcountry Experience was her first stop. Having built his business on expert bootfitting, Ben Rockis, the store's owner, was immediately all in. "She looked at me ...read more
Joshua Tree National Park is one of the poster children for the devastation to the treasured sites during the government shutdown, which is now stretching beyond a month. Volunteers educating visitors and cleaning up trash bins and vault toilets have even been dubbed "toilet ...read more
When Erica Engle started working toward her American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) certification in 2006, there were only a few female role models in the guiding industry. More men than women taught her the ropes. But now, thanks to a grant by The North Face, the AMGA ...read more
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