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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]



Industry Buzz: Recreate Responsibly, Appalachian Trail hikers, adventure travel news, green snow in Antarctica

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Stay safe this weekend: If you’re headed outside for Memorial Day weekend, follow this advice released by Outdoor Industry Association, REI, and other industry leaders as part of a new campaign, Recreate Responsibly. Who’s more


Industry Buzz: Appalachian Trail pipeline, Just Add Water, the dirtiness of fleece, Canada Goose, Access Fund

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web A pipeline through the Appalachian Trail: The Supreme Court has reached a decision that will allow a natural gas pipeline to run below part of the Appalachian Trail. [Adventure Journal] Just Add Water Project: A new more


Industry Buzz: Patagonia and REI reopen, national park safety, Thin Air show, coronavirus liability

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Patagonia exercises caution: The brand was one of the first to close its stores. After losing half its North American sales, leadership is considering an extremely cautious approach to reopening. [The New York Times] REI more

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Industry Buzz: Subscriptions for shoes, hikers trash the Appalachian Trail, an eye-opening U.S. climate map, outdoor companies acquire gun brands

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web A new way to sell shoes: The Swiss footwear company On Running is trying out a new business model for the shoe industry, borrowed from Silicon Valley—subscription memberships. [Outside Online] Respecting the Appalachian more

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Industry Buzz: Coronavirus updates, VF Corp, Jake Burton, Everest record

Prepare for coronavirus: OIA will run a webinar next week on the economic realities of the emerging health crisis and what comes next for you and your business. Olympics face cancellation: The longest-serving member of the International Olympic Committee member has suggested that more

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Industry Buzz: Coronavirus, Livestrong, tragedy at Vail

Coronavirus: The worrisome virus has migrated to a ski chalet in Haute-Savoie, France, after skiers there were exposed to a man who recently visited Singapore. [Gear Junkie] Moving on: Livestrong has undertaken a top-to-bottom rebrand, ditching the iconic yellow wristbands of more

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Industry Buzz: K2's first winter summit, promising retail data, a new hire at Outdoor Lab, Appalachian Trail thru hikes won't count in 2021, "vegan shoes" in development

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web A Himalayan first: An all-Nepali climbing team summited K2 in winter for the first time. [Adventure Journal] Retail finishes strong: After an unprecedented year, 2020 holiday retail sales outperformed 2019 numbers, more

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Industry Buzz: Coronavirus, Modell's, a Maine ski utopia, Clarus, Smartwool, Dicks

The best of SNEWS: Top stories we've published recently Coronavirus throws spring travel into chaos: The pandemic has changed life for everyone. See what industry professionals are saying about their travel plans. Queer identity and the outdoors: Venture Out Project founder Perry more

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Industry Buzz: Columbia furloughs, VF donations, new REI store halted, how to make PPE

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Furloughs at Columbia: Another big outdoor company has resorted to cutting pay as the coronavirus crisis worsens, cutting 3,500 workers’ wages by 75 percent. [The Oregonian] Your mask might not be working: That polyester more