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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]


A river runs through yellow aspens in Steamboat

Industry Buzz: Alterra furloughs, Aliaa M. Abaza tribute, indoor mountaineering, national park burglar arrested

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Alterra Mountain Co. makes tough choices: The company that owns 15 North American ski resorts, including Steamboat and Deer Valley, is furloughing many year-round employees after huge layoffs of seasonal workers last month. more

Two hikers approaching Mount Everest

Industry Buzz: Pieps avy beacon faces scrutiny, Nepal closes Everest access, inside the Bureau of Land Management chaos, the fate of Best Made, Smartwool helps good causes

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Avalanche beacon under scrutiny: A popular piece of avalanche safety equipment, the Pieps DSP Sport beacon, faces claims of malfunction from customers. Some are urging Black Diamond, which acts as a North American more

A misty mountain with pine trees and a lake in front

Industry Buzz: Toad&Co, Modell's bankruptcy, Conrad Anker on positivity, TGR women, The Utah Roadmap

Toad&Co puts money where its mouth is: Long respected for its commitment to independent retailers, Toad&Co has announced a first-of-its-kind revenue sharing program to help brick and mortar retailers through the economic upheaval of the coronavirus outbreak. Stay calm and more

Angel's Landing Trail Zion National Park

Industry Buzz: Coronavirus and the environment, national park closures, 10 helpful webinars, social distancing tech

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Plastic waste on the rise: The pandemic has helped the environment in some ways and hurt it in others. Join the Plastic Impact Alliance to help combat the problem. [Wired] How park closures affect different communities: more


Industry Buzz: Great American Outdoors Act, national park updates, National Trails Day, rewilding Patagonia

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor companies speak up: Patagonia, L.L. Bean, The North Face, and others publicly joined OIA in calling for the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. [The Hill] Support the effort yourself: Sign this letter from 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


Industry Buzz: Thousands flood Yellowstone, Malcolm Daly, the fight against plastic, DEI and returning to work

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Saw that coming: Yellowstone reopened on Monday and visitors poured in by the thousands. Virus precaution was, shall we say, a little lacking. [The Guardian] Malcolm Daly is recovering smoothly: Our esteemed colleague is in more

A view of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park with a blue sky and the sun shining.

Industry Buzz: Olympics postponed, SIA, national parks, backcountry skiing, "Naked and Afraid," getting outside safely

The best of SNEWS: Top stories we've published recently Incredible community support: In just four days, customers of Alpenglow Sports in Lake Tahoe purchased $75k in gift cards from the retailer to help keep cash flowing. (To help spread similar efforts, share our new campaign, more

Blue mountains in the haze

Industry Buzz: CEO pay cut, national park infections, ski goggles as PPE, Jeremy Jones, a tragic coronavirus death

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web A CEO sacrifice: Columbia’s CEO, Tim Boyle, has slashed his annual pay to $10K to keep paychecks flowing to retail employees. [The Oregonian] Close the parks: The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks has sent a more