Clickworthy: What's got our attention this week


In Clickworthy, we share what we're digging on the web this week. Did we miss something? Keep us in the loop at

The Outdoor Industry Association has released its 2016 Outlook, outlining its goals for focusing efforts throughout this year and beyond. Read it at the Outdoor Industry Association.

Also from OIA: Why indoor climbing is the fitness activity that will dethrone CrossFit.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Edible food packaging is on the way, and could soon be all the rage. Think about that - no oatmeal or coffee wrappers to pack back out. Read it at the Appalachian Mountain Club.

We all know someone who brings too much into the wilderness - a full-sized air mattress, a car camping tent, or maybe a cast iron pan - but you could probably stand to lose a few things, too. Read "The Backpacker Who Carries Too Much," at Adventure Journal.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

What happens when a 5th grader plans your backpacking trip? Probably not as much would go wrong as you might think. BackpackerEditor Dennis Lewon let his youngest son be the leader, and from now on he plans to take more snack breaks on future trips. Read it atBackpacker.

There's a certain art to freelancing, and successful freelancers are entrepreneurs at heart. SNEWS columnist Kristin Carpenter-Ogden and SNEWS writer Doug Schnitzspahn discuss the freelancer's economy on Carpenter-Ogden's podcast. Listen at the Intrepid Entrepreneur.


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Clickworthy: What's got our attention this week

In Clickworthy, we share what we’re digging on the web this week. Did we miss something? Keep us in the loop at Gore-tex presents 100 years of National Parks. In a beautiful infographic, Gore shares numbers about the state of the parks service and history more


Introducing BACKPACKER's new gear editor

With Kristin Hostetter taking over responsibility for SNEWS and Outdoor Retailer Daily, many people have been asking the obvious question: Who is the next gear editor of BACKPACKER? Scott Yorko is taking the reins from Hostetter starting Jan. 4, just in time for OR. Some of you more

Accessories gain space & attention at HF Biz show

Retailers are waking up and smelling the coffee when it comes to accessories of all kinds and to the reality of how a small price tag can affect their bottom line. And manufacturers of everything from electronics to yoga mats and weight belts to balance balls are filling in the more

Want to improve performance on the slopes? This is how to wax your board.

Clickworthy: What we're reading on the web this week

In Clickworthy, we share what we’re digging on the web this week. Did we miss something? Keep us in the loop at Video: As long as you have a good Italian deli nearby, tuning your own snowboard (or skis) is easy as pie, er, parm. FEGEDDABOUTIT! Watch Joey more

Kristin Hostetter, Editor-in-Chief.

Meet the new SNEWS team!

We're excited to work with you! Add us to your media lists and be sure to say hello at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2016. Meet Kristin Hostetter, Editor-in-Chief For the last 21 years, I’ve been Gear Editor at Backpacker, where I’ve had the joy and privilege to build and more

Gear Aid's ARC battery charger doubles as a bright light with several settings. Photo: Gear Aid.

Sure Winner: Gear Aid Arc LED Light Power Station

In Sure Winner, you get the earliest possible scoop on products we think your customers will love. This time, Gear Aid's Arc LED Light Power Station, which is one hell of a charger. Adios McNett, hello Gear Aid. The company we all know and love for their awesome gear repair more


Eight e-commerce trends that brands and retailers should pay attention to

Last year, e-commerce sales grew 12 percent from $202 to $226 billion, and they’re forecasted to grow another 12 percent to $252 billion by the end of this year. Given that nothing has been more disruptive to the outdoor retail landscape than e-commerce, SNEWS attended the more

29-year old Climbing editor Julie Ellison tackles Razor Worm (5.9) in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Climbing Editor Julie Ellison got bored with her dream job. Then she got promoted.

“I’m leaving Climbing magazine,” Shannon said over the phone, “and I think you should take over as Editor.” The call came three days before Christmas 2015; my boss, Shannon Davis, was quitting to take an editorial position with no deadlines and a Fortune 500 budget. I couldn’t more

Profile of Skip Yowell, smiling.

Watch our Skip Yowell Tribute

Skip Yowell, co-founder of JanSport, left behind an incredible legacy when he died Oct. 14. A pillar of the outdoor industry, Skip was many things to many people. We reached out to Skip's family and friends for help in creating this tribute in his memory. We miss you, Skip! Skip more