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Could Everest close? As concern over the coronavirus mounts, there's a possibility that China will close access to Everest for spring climbers. [The Adventure Blog]

Appalachian Trail devastation: The Supreme Court will weigh a monumental decision to allow a gas pipeline to pass underneath the Appalachian Trail. [Politico]

The Colin O’Brady scandal deepens: More than 50 industry-leading adventurers, from Conrad Anker to Jon Krakauer, have come out in support of the National Geographic exposé on the contested Antarctic crossing record set by Colin O’Brady.

Climbing finally arrives at the Olympics: Discussions about including climbing in the Olympics have swirled for decades. This year, it will finally happen. What does this mean for the future of the sport? [Climbing]

Montane has a new owner: An investor from Edinburgh, Inverleith LLP, has acquired a majority stake in the U.K.-based outdoor clothing and accessories brand. [Fashion Network]

Poll: Do customers prefer sustainable products? Answer this question from Bicycle Retailer and see what the rest of the industry has to say.

Astral grows its mid-Atlantic efforts: The PFD and footwear company has added a new representative to its sales team. Tad Fox of DIY Outdoor will cover New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Washington, DC. 

Trump reverses stance on conservation: After repeatedly attempting to cut funding for The Land and Water Conservation Fund, Trump has now called for congress to fully fund the program. [The Hill]