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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, #SaveYourLocalGearShop.)

KEEN pledges shoes for pandemic aid: The company has promised to give away 100,000 pairs of shoes to help during the crisis. So far, they've donated 75,000 pairs around the globe and expect to reach the 100,000 max within days.

Go outside, but do it safely: Health experts agree you can—and should—get outside. Just be careful about how you do it.

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

Summer Olympics postponed: The games will now take place in 2021. [BBC]

The positive climate impact of coronavirus: Pollution levels have fallen as the virus has spread, adding to the complexity of the current global situation.

Overland Expo West postponed: Originally scheduled for mid-May, the expo has been delayed, with plans to proceed in late July.

SIA’s new coronavirus hub: Like OIA and others, SIA has launched a hub for collecting advice and important links to guide the outdoor industry through the pandemic.

“Stay home” applies to national parks, too: Just because national parks remain open and have waived entrance fees, that doesn’t mean it’s safe or responsible to visit. [National Geographic]

A boon for backcountry ski shops: With Colorado’s ski resorts officially closed for the season, backcountry ski rentals have gone through the roof as everyone scrambles to get some final turns in before spring. [The Colorado Sun]

SylvanSport offers campers and masks to medical workers: The North Caroline-based company recently offered state and federal agencies free campers from its line to be used as emergency shelters, incident command centers, and mobile testing sites. It also received a shipment of surplus n95 masks from its supply chain partner in China and distributed them to the community.

SylvanSport received a shipment of surplus medical masks from a supply chain partner in China, which it then distributed to medical facilities in the community. Courtesy SylvanSport.

SylvanSport received a shipment of surplus medical masks from a supply chain partner in China, which it then distributed to medical facilities in the community. Courtesy SylvanSport.

“Naked and Afraid” is the real deal: Blair Braverman’s audition for the hit Discovery Channel show turned into one of the most challenging experiences of her life. [Outside Online]

A scary accident, a cautionary tale: A bike mechanic in California was stabbed with a hypodermic needle that had been lodged inside a tire. So far, he’s fine. But the incident offers a valuable lesson in safety for bike shop workers everywhere. [Bicycle Retailer]

SEC supports oil and gas companies’ dishonesty: For the second year in a row, the SEC will allow Exxon to reject shareholder requests for honest reporting on carbon emissions. Chevron will received similar shielding. [As You Sow]

A creative way to get outside: Residents of a Dublin apartment complex put out a video that quickly went viral this weekend: community quarantine bingo.



Industry Buzz: Outdoor Retailer, ski resort reopening, a surge in camping popularity, national park posters

An olive branch to Outdoor Retailer: An editorial from the Salt Lake City Tribune makes a case for the return of the industry’s largest trade show to Utah. [The Salt Lake City Tribune] A Colorado ski resort to reopen: Arapahoe Basin will resume limited operations for spring more

A snow-covered mountain beside a pine forest with autumn colors, and a calm lake.

Industry Buzz: Addressing intolerant language, national park danger, the future of outdoor, discussing diversity with a congressman, small town activism

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Yeti Cycles updates its language: In response to concerns about insensitivity toward Indigenous communities in the U.S., the brand will soon drop the word “tribe” from all its marketing material and brand language. more

Bryce Canyon National Park

Industry Buzz: Tour de France postponed, National Park Week, how to calm your mind, video chat with a llama

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Tour de France postponed: The race will now take place in August and September, more than two months after the original dates. The course will remain the same. [ESPN] AMC lays down the law: If you want to summit a 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

A desert landscape with cacti at sunrise

Industry Buzz: GOA cancelled, Outdoor Research makes masks, a new SIA campaign, American Alpine Club goes virtual

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web PPE from the co-founder of Granite Gear: Jeff Knight has designed a new tool to help prolong the life of N95 masks. #CurbYourTurns: SIA has launched a new campaign to promote the idea that flattening the curve “has to take more


Industry Buzz: Earth Day, coronavirus impacts, climate-positive shoes, how to get outside safely, Lifestraw

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The Outdoor State: To celebrate Earth Day, Protect Our Winters is gathering support for a new climate change initiative. [Forbes] How coronavirus has affected Colorado's outdoor rec: A new survey by the Colorado Outdoor more


Industry Buzz: Malcolm Daly, Cotopaxi's founding, a marathon every day, reopening the national parks

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Malcolm Daly scores a private plane to rehab: Our colleague made his way to rehab in Omaha via private plane thanks to the love and support of friends. Inside Cotopaxi’s founding: The popular NPR podcast “How I Built This” more

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


Industry Buzz: National parks and racism, cycling diversity, ConnectHub, microalgae, state parks

National parks and racism: How managers of public lands can help our country’s shared treasures be more inclusive for all. [National Geographic] Diversity in cycling: These organizations are fighting to broaden representation in the sport and make it more accessible for everyone. more