Did you hear?... MSR founder Larry Penberthy died of natural causes

MSR founder Larry Penberthy died of natural causes on Nov. 24. He was 85.

MSR founder Larry Penberthy died of natural causes on Nov. 24. He was 85. Penberthy founded MSR in 1969 with the intent of making and selling safe mountaineering equipment as a means of funding outdoor research and safety education. He pioneered metal-shaft ice axes, helped popularize bicycle helmets, researched mountain sickness, and developed the first remote canister stove. For industry old-timers, Penberthy was most famous for his newsletters. Always opinionated, the mimeographed newsletter with its fuzzy pictures never pulled a punch. Two of Penberthy's prime targets were REI and its then president, Jim Whittaker, both of whom he chastised often. The MSR newsletter was anxiously awaited by retailers and mountaineers who found Penberthy's mix of science and diatribe a regular treat. Certainly his work and his writing typified the outdoor industry's rough and tumble past, and era when PR people writing product puffery wasn't even considered.


Did you hear?... Millenium Fitness owner John Forcillo dies in accident

John Forcillo, founder and owner of Millenium Fitness and the Body Cycle brand, died in a tragic automobile accident in Quebec, Canada, on Jan. 24. He was 53. Body Cycle was based in Laval, Quebec, and was the owner of several patents for indoor group-cycling bikes, with one ...read more

Did you hear?...The father of modern backpacking, Colin Fletcher, has died

Colin Fletcher, author of "The Complete Walker" and "The Man Who Walked Through Time" and the person many consider to be the father of modern backpacking, died June 12 of natural causes at the Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, Calif. He was 85. To read what GearTrends® ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

For the week of March 22-28 >> GERMANY -- Kettler founder Heinz Kettler has passed away a month before his 79th birthday. He founded Kettler in his hometown of Ense Parsit in 1949 and it still remains in the family's hands. He is survived by his wife, Inge, and his daughter, ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> If you haven't made your reservation yet for the Outdoor Industry Association Rendezvous, Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 at the Park Hyatt in the Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado, do it NOW! It is, in our opinion, one of the single most important gatherings for outdoor industry ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of Nov. 16-22 >> The U.S. Green Building Council announced that REI's new Portland store has received a LEEDR (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Commercial Interiors Gold Rating, making it the first retail store in the country to achieve this ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?

>> Did you happen to read the Wall Street Journal on Dec. 7? The Love & Money column in the business section had the headline: Why Gym Memberships Make Me Sweat. Columnist Jeff Opdyke writes about his wife's occasional insistence she need some piece of equipment or a gym ...read more


In memoriam: HomeFit founder John Carter dies at 60

John Carter, founder and former owner of HomeFit Exercise Equipment in Canada has died of prostate cancer, May 18, at the age of 60. Carter was a well-respected dealer for both Canadian and U.S. fitness brands. He founded his fitness retail store in Kitchener, Ontario in 1985 ...read more

Did you hear?... MSR recalls MSR White Gas from one batch

Mountain Safety Research has issued a product recall in response to reports of leaking cans of MSR White Gas from one batch: #2003-2 (you can find the batch number on the front of the can directly under the words "1 Quart / 95 Liter" near the bottom of the label.) The fuel batch ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Outdoor Industry Foundation, the non-profit arm of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), has partnered with the National Park Foundation to promote an online program for consumers to purchase a National Park Pass. The $50 pass covers the 388 parks (most of which require an ...read more