Did you hear?... Ice climber, Rod Willard, was killed in Colorado

While the industry was in Anaheim for Winter Market, respected ice climber Rod Willard was killed in Colorado.

While the industry was in Anaheim for Winter Market, respected ice climber Rod Willard was killed in Colorado. He was belaying another climber when a huge (some 400 pounds, according to reports) block of ice was loosened by unseasonably warm weather and fell directly on Willard. Rod and his wife Kerry Evens had been married for only four months. A fund named in his honor is being formed. Contact Rocky Henderson at rockyh@earthlink.net for more information.


Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> New data from the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) reported that hiking boot sales declined 8 percent between October 2003 and March 2004. Retail sales of athletic footwear rose 0.2 percent during the six-month period. Sales for the six-month reporting period were ...read more

Did you hear?... OIA elects two new board members

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) elected two new board members during its Jan. 4 Friday board meeting prior to the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Anaheim, Calif. Jay Steere, director of sports specialty at Timberland, and Rod Johnson, owner of Midwest Mountaineering in ...read more

Did you hear?... Galen and Barbara Rowell killed in plane crash

The SNEWS® team was deeply saddened to learn that famed outdoor photographer Galen Rowell (61), and his photographer/writer wife, Barbara, were killed early Sunday morning as their chartered twin-engine plane crashed two miles from the Bishop, Calif. airport. The Rowell's were ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Despite rumors to the contrary, Outdoor Retailer show management confirmed with SNEWS that Winter Market remains a four-day show. Outdoor Retailer Trade Show Director Peter Devin told SNEWS that, "while there is strong interest in exploring a three-day show, there is by no ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6 >> Casey Sheahan has accepted the job of his dreams -- as Patagonia's newestproduct line director in charge of a division near and dear to one of his greatest passions in life (other than his lovely wife, of course), fly fishing. Sheahan will be ...read more

Did you hear?... David Webb killed in automobile accident

Mikal Belicove of the American Camping Association shared the following with SNEWS® today: "A great friend and supporter of all things outdoor industry-related passed away yesterday morning (Wednesday, April 24). David Webb, long-time director of Brigham Young University's (BYU) ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Timberland retail employees and customers from around the world are kicking off a global 2003 Earth Day community service initiative April 22. More than 100 service projects will take place across the globe from Maine to Munich, from Tokyo to Toronto. Projects will represent a ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

For the week of Feb. 22-28 >> Richard Shaffer, sales manager at Vectra, will be moving over to Technogym's U.S. offices as of March 1. There, he will move assume the position of area sales manager for the Northwest, moving into the club side of the business and away from the ...read more

Did you hear?... The Explorers Club to honor climbers with Lowell Award

The Explorers Club will honor Sir Edmund Hillary, Bradford Washburn, Ed Viesturs, and Polish climber Krzysztof Wielicki with its prestigious Lowell Award, Oct. 29 at the Essex House Hotel in New York City. The award is named after Lowell Thomas (1892 - 1981), the famed war ...read more