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Should Outdoor Retailer be cancelled?: We asked you if the OR Summer Market should go on as planned, be postponed, or be cancelled all together. Sixty percent agreed on one definitive answer. What do you think?
Eddie Bauer and Flowfold lead the charge: Many outdoor companies have started manufacturing medical equipment like masks and face shields in the last few days, but these two companies were among the first.
Beyond body positivity: Doing away with aspirational content and "inspiration porn" will allow the industry to better reflect the lived experiences of its customers. [Sponsored]
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Outdoor companies to the rescue: Across the industry, outdoor businesses are making sacrifices for the greater good. L.L.Bean is using a distribution center to pack food for pantries. Kitsbow Cycling Apparel is making face shields and masks for medical workers. Vermont Glove has paused glove production to focus on sewing masks. VOORMI has donated neck gators to the local hospitals and also donated enough of its proprietary fabrics to make roughly 25,000 masks. Merrell has donated 1,200 pairs of our shoes and boots to local hospitals in Michigan. Mystery Ranch has donated material that can be used to sew masks for hospital workers. Salewa has spent $1 million converting its factory to be able to produce personal protection equipment for healthcare staff. And Simms is making masks and exploring the option of producing other medical equipment as well. [News Center Maine, Bicycle Retailer]
Everest might be open, after all: Following news of an Everest shutdown, it turns out China may allow its own citizens to summit the mountain this spring, according to a source at the China Tibet Mountaineering Association. [The Himalayan Times]
Three national parks (finally) close: Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks have closed to prevent the spread of the virus. [ABC News]
A plea to close the rest: This letter from Adventure Journal founder Steve Casimiro to the secretary of the interior makes a case for shuttering all national parks immediately. [Adventure Journal]
Outdoor quarantine: Programs in Georgia and Louisiana are experimenting with quarantining COVID-19 patients in park cabins and RVs. [Outside Online]
A loss of millions: A new estimate shows that the coronavirus pandemic could slash millions of dollars from Michigan’s outdoor industry revenue. [Great Lakes Echo]
RockyMounts closes its doors: RockyMounts, a premium bike rack manufacturer in Grand Junction, Colorado, has made the hard decision to temporarily close its business during the coronavirus crisis.
The carbon footprint of outdoor rec: The North Face and Protect Our Winters have released a CO2 calculator to help adventurers understand the climate impact of their outdoor recreation. [Sierra Club]