A lot happened in the outdoor industry this month. Our own parent company, Pocket Outdoor Media, acquired a group of legacy media properties including the longstanding climbing mag Rock and Ice. Another group of magazines—including Bike, Powder, and Surfer—effectively folded. The North Face got a new president. The sale of MEC was approved. 

To make sure you don't miss any of this month's important headlines, we've gathered our top stories in one place to revisit. Here are the stories that drew the most attention this October.

1. What will winter 20/21 bring for the snow sports industry?

2. Should outdoor brands endorse politicians? REI and Patagonia disagree

3. Pocket Outdoor Media acquires Rock and Ice, Trail Runner, and Gym Climber

4. Bike, Powder, Snowboarder, and Surfer magazines to cease publication indefinitely

5. Mystery Ranch, HydraPak, and others to attend SHOT Show in January

6. Steve Murray has been promoted to president of The North Face

7. The sale of MEC can proceed, a judge ruled

8. After 3 years of research and design, Sea to Summit breaks into backcountry tents

9. These 5 innovative packaging solutions can help your company kick plastic

10. In case you missed it, Black Folks Camp Too


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Industry Buzz: Fresh leadership at Patagonia, Selena Gomez to play mountaineer in upcoming film, new GOA members, plastic use during the pandemic, small business giveaway

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web New leadership at Patagonia: The company has hired Beth Thoren as its new environmental action and initiatives director. A mountaineering icon on film: Selena Gomez has signed on to play the mountaineering legend Silvia ...read more

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Poll: Do you get Election Day off?

Lots of news has been coming out recently about companies joining the Time To Vote movement, which encourages employers to give their staff time off work on Election Day. Patagonia, The North Face, REI, L.L.Bean, and dozens of other outdoor businesses have gone in for the cause. ...read more

Winners of the 2018 Together We Are A Force Awards by OIA

Industry Buzz: News you missed during OR

Send us news tips to [email protected]. Good news The VF Foundation pledged an unprecedented $1 million to the Outdoor Foundation's core goal to invest in communities to help kids and families get outside. VF is joined by Patagonia and Thule, which have made significant ...read more

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Industry Buzz: TNF's climate work, Outdoor Research earns FDA authorization, Columbia sponsors NASCAR, plus-size gear, Outdoor Retailer launches design series

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The North Face’s climate efforts: How TNF is stepping up to challenge Patagonia as the leader in business-backed climate advocacy. [CNBC] Outdoor Research earns FDA authorization: The Seattle-based brand is one of only four ...read more

Inge Perkins

Industry Buzz: Inge Perkins Scholarship, Rich Hill's letter, an airstream hotel near Yosemite, gear-lending library for kids, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at [email protected] In honor of the climber who died last year in an avalanche on Imp Peak, Mystery Ranch established the Inge Perkins Scholarship to celebrate the life and ...read more

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The top 10 outdoor industry stories of 2018

This year was evidence that change is upon us, whether it's how and where we do business, learning to live without a handful of outdoor industry icons, or recognizing just how much influence the outdoor industry has in local communities and across the globe. Through all the ...read more

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Industry Buzz: MEC sale finalized, voting to protect the outdoors, free national park entry, ConnectHub opens to vendors and retailers, Pocket Outdoor Media expands

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web MEC sale finalized: Kingswood Capital Management, a U.S. investment firm, has completed its acquisition of Mountain Equipment Co-op despite a large grassroots effort to save the struggling retailer. Voting to protect the ...read more

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Industry Buzz: Zion survival story called into question, hidden gear stash in NYC, REI expanding in Colorado, Arc’teryx opens new NYC location

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Suspicious story: Doubts have arisen surrounding the survival story of a woman who was rescued from Zion National Park last week. [The Independent] Vintage gear stash: This Brooklyn couple is running a retro gear shop out ...read more

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Industry Buzz: TNF's 'cupless' races, SIA survey, AR-15 giveaway, GOA awards, climber death on Everest, and more

Don't go a day without reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? We've created a new form where you can submit tips and story ideas. We'll be checking it often to ensure we don't miss anything. First Mt. Everest update: A Russian climber has died on ...read more