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For the week of April 12-18

>> If you've ever wanted to attend the Outdoor Industry Rendezvous or been there in the past and don't want to miss it this year, act fast -- by April 30 -- to get $100 off the registration fee. Coordinated by the Outdoor Industry Association, this year's event is scheduled Oct. 6-9 at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek in Beaver Creek, Colo. In its 10th year, retailers, manufacturers, and sales representatives will be gathering for three days of award-winning keynote speakers, thought-provoking seminars, and fun and unique networking activities. The SNEWS® crew always marks its calendar to attend. For a rundown of last year's event, check out these SNEWS® articles -- Oct. 11, 2004: "OIA Rendezvous garners record attendance, huge smiles," and Oct. 15, 2004: "OIA Rendezvous 2004: Seminar takeaways and final musings." For more information and to register, visit www.outdoorindustry.org/events.rendezvous.html. To reserve a room, call the Park Hyatt Beaver at 800-778-7477 and mention the Outdoor Industry Rendezvous to obtain the special group pricing of $124 per night, the same 2003 and 2004 lodging rate. If you have any questions, email chowland@outdoorindustry.org.

>> Retailers -- here's your chance to order a limited-edition run of Chaco Performance sandals and select your own unique webbing design. Augmenting the normal selection of webbing, Chaco is offering retailers a choice of 28 additional patterns for women and 45 patterns for men, any of which can be used for sandals customized specifically for that retailer. The choice of webbing patterns and colors available for the custom program is comprised of existing and past patterns, including those normally reserved for the Z/rivative line as well as some never-before-seen patterns. Custom sandals are built on the men's or women's Z/1 or Z/2 platform with either the Colorado or Terreno sole. Since all Performance sandals are made in Chaco's Paonia, Colo., facility, the company said it is able to produce small runs of sandals, allowing for retailers to customize their Chaco selections. There is a 500-pair limit on custom sandals in any one webbing pattern, so one retailer could buy all 500 and then it is exclusive to that retailer. Or, five retailers could buy 100 each and then it is exclusive to those five retailers. Minimum order is 24 pair of sandals. "We have been getting requests for small runs of unique webbing for years, whether for a special in-store event, or if a certain color is really hot in one part of the country," said Rich Weight, sales director at Chaco. "But I think this program also responds to a bit of gender-envy; we hear from men who'd like to have some of the women's webbing patterns as an option and vice-versa." He continued, "With Chaco's customization options, the hope is that retailers can offer their consumers the perfect outdoor sandal." Prices are the same as regular Performance sandals: $90 for Colorado sole and $95 for Terreno sole. Contact Chaco at www.chacousa.com.

>> Nordic walking is getting around with the New York Times running a short feature on the emerging sport in its April 14th Fashion & Style section. Exel, Leki and Swix are mentioned in the write-up. To check it out, click here.

>> From April to August, Dagger is sponsoring "Girls at Play," a national series of kayaking clinics for women at 13 U.S. locations. Led by Anna Levesque, a member of Dagger's professional team, the two-day clinics are designed to expose women to the sport of kayaking in a supportive, relaxed environment, and offer participants the opportunity to learn the basic skills of kayaking, how to outfit a boat, and how to recognize and correct common technique challenges specific to women. For a $25 fee, women can demo the latest Dagger kayaks and receive a bag of paddling products donated by participating sponsors. Clinics will be held in Idaho, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Oregon, Virginia, California and Washington D.C. Visit www.watergirlsatplay.com for a schedule of events.

>> In its third year, the "Recreation and Adventure Program Law & Liability" offers benefits to legal counsel, as well as to recreation and adventure program owners, managers and other representatives. Hosted by Charles "Reb" Gregg and Cathy Hansen-Stamp, the April 28-29 program allows attendees to catch up on the latest in legal issues for the outdoor recreation industry. The conference will be at the Adams Mark Hotel in Denver, Colo., April 28-29. To download a program brochure, click here. To register, visit www.cle.com. Mention Outdoor Recreation Law Review or SNEWS® and receive a $100 discount. Fore more information, contact Laura Mehew at 303-377-6600 or laura@cle.com.

>> According to a recent Forbes article, the hottest seller at REI isn't the latest high-altitude tent or techy boot, but the Camper's Dream Ice Cream Maker. Retailing for $30, the gadget is "a hollow, hard-plastic soccer ball that, when filled with the right ingredients and booted around a campsite, churns out ice cream." REI CEO Sally Jewell told Forbes that the retailer "blew through 6,500 of these in six months," adding that for a family trying to get their kids away from the video games and into nature, "every little bit helps." Also selling well are "glow-in-the-dark frisbees" and "inflatable pink flamingos." Probably not what REI co-founders Lloyd and Mary Anderson had in mind when they started REI in 1938, but if it sells and gets folks outdoors, who's to argue.

>> Phil Powers has been named the new executive director of the American Alpine Club (AAC), drawing on his extensive experience in non-profit and educational management to lead the club. Powers' experience as an educator and mountain guide includes his most recent position as vice president for institutional advancement at Naropa University, where he oversaw all university fund-raising, trustee cultivation and relations, and new program development. Powers also served as chief mountaineering instructor and development/partnerships director for the National Outdoor Leadership School. He is an owner and guide for The Mountain Guides and its Jackson Hole Mountain Guides & Climbing School. He has also led more than 25 expeditions to summit the highest peaks in the world, from K2 in Pakistan's Karakoram Range to the first ascent of the Washburn Face on Denali. "As an educator and guide, my vision for the American Alpine Club is to expand and improve our ability to meet members' needs wherever they are, geographically and in terms of their growth as individuals and outdoors enthusiasts. I want to ensure the development of this sport continues to meet young climbers' needs, and support the diversity of people our membership represents, all of whom love mountaineering and climbing, but who vary in so many ways," said Powers. He assumes management of the 7,000-member club on May 2.

>> PPA is asking its members to submit nominations for inductees to the new International Whitewater Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor those individuals who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in, or made significant contributions to, whitewater sports nationally and internationally. PPA Executive Director Matt Menashes is on the board of governors for the Hall of Fame and the association is an affiliate organization. All nominations must be submitted through affiliate organizations in order for nominees to be considered. Nominations are being accepted for four categories: pioneer -- an individual who made significant contributions to any area of whitewater, who is no longer living; explorer -- an individual, currently or previously engaged in any area of whitewater exploration; champion -- athlete or coach, currently or previously engaged in any competitive discipline; and advocate -- an individual who is, or has, contributed to the advancement of whitewater. Nomination forms can be found on the web by clicking here. Nominations are due to PPA by May 15.

>> Flemming Henriksen has been named The North Face's general manager for the Nordic Region, with responsibility for all sales and marketing programs for the brand in Sweden, Denmark, Greenland, Norway, Finland, Iceland and the Baltics. He will plan, direct, control and coordinate the sales of products and services for these countries out of the VF Nordic offices in Helsingor, Denmark. Prior to joining The North Face management team, Henriksen was sales manager of the brand's agent for Denmark and Greenland, Fritidsagenten, for over six years, working directly with all key accounts.

>> Outdoor Research has hired Treeline Sales, LLC to handle the Exped brand in the Pacific Northwest. The team consists of Tim Andis, Dana Sterling and Ray Thomas, who will cover Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. In addition to Exped, Treeline represents Princeton Tec, Karhu, Integral Designs, High Gear, Granite Gear, Cocoon and SteriPen.

>> Deuter received Mountain Biking magazine's editor's choice award for its Race X Air 1 pack in the April 2005 issue. The Race X Air 1 is designed for light and fast rides with 850 cubic inches of storage, 3-liter hydration system, breathable mesh shoulder and hip straps, two main compartments and helmet-carrier. It features Deuter's Aircomfort-System which offers three-way ventilation.

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