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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 Cohen talked to SNEWS about being a queer leader in a space that's not always welcoming of your identity.

The closures have begun: Petzl America and Everest have both closed. More will follow. 

The best of the rest: Intriguing reads from around the web

Modell’s is gone: The sporting goods retailer has filed for bankruptcy and plans to close all its stores for liquidation. [The Wall Street Journal]

A $38 million ski paradise: A Boston investment firm is pouring millions into a small community in Maine to build a skier’s utopia. [Outside Online]

Clarus makes a big purchase: Clarus Corporation, the parent company of Black Diamond, has purchased protective case manufacturer S.K.B. Corporation for $85 million and more than 1 million shares of Clarus stock. []

A first for the Conservation Alliance: Bank of the West has become the first bank to join the Conservation Alliance—at the highest level of membership, no less. [OIA]

“Free Solo” follow-up: Jimmy Chin and Chai Vasarhelyi, the filmmakers behind the Oscar-winning documentary “Free Solo,” have been tapped to direct an upcoming movie about the 2018 cave rescue of a boys’ soccer team in Thailand. [Variety]

Smartwool pulls up stakes: The outdoor apparel company is moving from Steamboat to Denver. [5280]

Dicks disarms: The 800-store sporting goods retailer will remove firearms and hunting equipment from 440 of its locations. []

Germaphobia hurts zero-waste practices: With fear of infection growing, many consumers have become wary of reusable products. Starbucks has temporarily banned the use of personal cups in its stores, and other brands are taking similar actions. [Grist]

The parks stay open: For now, national parks will remain open and continue all operations during the coronavirus pandemic. [National Parks Traveler]