Happy New Year SNEWS fans! We hope you all had time to unplug and recharge over the holidays (like us). Let’s get you caught up on what’s transpired over the last week or so.

Big congrats to Alex Honnold and Sanni McCandless, who got engaged this Christmas.

Same goes for Lindsey Vonn, who proposed to her boyfriend, P.K. Subban. “Women aren’t the only ones who should get engagement rings!” she said on Instagram.

Sad retail news: Another iconic outdoor shop is shuttering. Spokane, Washington-based Mountain Gear will close sometime in February after 37 years in business. “I realized if I wanted to complete this journey by fair means, I had to take control and finish the climb,” owner Paul Fish told SNEWS. “I needed to do it now or it wouldn’t be my journey.”

Starting after the new year, Bill Sinoff will join evolv as general manager. Industry veteran Sinoff has held posts at bigtruck, Black Diamond, and ExOfficio.

Mark your calendars: The National Park Service will waive entrance fees on these five days in 2020.

Speaking of national parks: There’s talk of reinstituting the ban on single-use plastics in our parks that President Obama set in motion while he was in office. Trump rescinded the water bottle limits in 2017, after years of lobbying by the bottled water industry. Democrats have introduced legislation that will reinstate the ban, but it has yet to pass.

More park news: We have a new one. White Sands National Monument became our country’s 62nd national park after five years of legislative snags.

Patagonia is opening up its second store in Texas this year. Patagonia currently has more than 30 stores in 18 states.

Thule has acquired Denver Outfitters, the leading player in roof rack-mounted fly fishing rod vaults in North America.

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