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- ICYMI, we published a story earlier this week that dives into how online direct-to-consumer holiday sales offers impact specialty outdoor brick-and-mortar shops. It has sparked many interesting comments, opinions, and conversations on our Facebook page. Join the debate and be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay in the loop.
- An important new bipartisan bill was introduced in the House that would protect 234,328 acres of public land in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area from copper and nickel mining. [Gear Junkie]
- The Access Fund launches a new program this month that hopes to convert indoor gym climbers to outdoor advocates. The InsideOut challenge hopes to capitalize on the recent surge of gym climbers. [Climbing]
- OIA has a new crop of future outdoor industry leaders in the pipeline via its Skip Yowell Future Leadership Academy. A diverse group of 36 impressive up-and-comers will soon embark on a 6-month mentorship and education program.
- Join Caroline Gleich, Jeremy Jones, and other climate activists at a Climate Rally on Day 3 of Outdoor Retailer.
- Are we better off without helmets while skiing? Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center has a new study out that might surprise you. [Vermont Public Radio]
- Andrew and Shelley Dunbar brought the Aussie Sea to Summit brand to North America 22 years ago and made it an outdoor-household name. Now, they've sold the business back to the global brand.
- Outdoor Research, on the eve of its 40 anniversary, has made some key strategic hires: Andrew Osborn joins the team as creative director for marketing + brand and Kat Schoewe steps in as creative design director.
- Backcountry Access has hired Press Forward to handle media relations and communications.
- Lastly, here’s a great read for the weekend about the ultimate wilderness dive bar. [Outside]