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 priority over everything, even riding fresh pow.”

This just in from the American Alpine Club: “While we all adjust to a new normal, the AAC is creating a new way to connect: Clubhouse Live, a virtual weekly gathering hosted by members of the AAC community.”

Cleaner air amid the pandemic: Quarantining and social distancing have led to improved air quality in national parks and elsewhere. [Backpacker]

Calling all female mountaineers: Applications for the 2020 Summit Scholarship Program are now open. $20,000 in stipends will help four women participate in an all-female climb of Kilimanjaro.

How coronavirus works: This short video provides the best explanation we’ve seen of how coronavirus invades the body and causes illness. [The Wow Report]

New ways to measure social distancing: How many YETI coolers should you keep between yourself and others to maintain a safe distance? This handy guide from GearJunkie has the answer. [GearJunkie]

A playlist to calm the nerves: The folks at Campfire Collective have released a playlist, Campfire Collective Quarantunes, to help people relax and center themselves as the pandemic unfolds. 

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GOA Connect is off: The Grassroots Outdoor Alliance show, scheduled for June 12-15, has been cancelled.

Outdoor Research commits to PPE production: The company is currently equipping its manufacturing facility in Seattle to produce masks and plans to put out 200,000 per day.

Free online courses for your quarantine: Want to learn some yoga poses to reduce stress? How about brushing up on all the knots you might need on your next camping trip? Active Interest Media, SNEWS' parent company, is offering these courses (and more) online for free. 



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Industry Buzz: National parks, Adidas, Vail Resorts, American Alpine Club, toilet paper, Clif Bar

Coronavirus news Your local gear shop needs your help: Here at SNEWS we’ve started a new campaign, #SaveYourLocalGearShop, to help specialty independent retailers through difficult times. The outdoor industry speaks up: OIA and 23 other trade associations sent a letter to …read more

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Industry Buzz: Long-term DEI training, outdoor voting power, PeopleForBikes secures grant, crushing sales expectations, new business alliance

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Six-month inclusion training: Leaders at Snowsports Industries America have agreed to participate in a half-year program focused on improving DEI in the winter sports industry. The power of outdoor voters: A new …read more


Industry Buzz: Remeasuring Everest, Boston Marathon cancelled, Great American Outdoors Act, bike sales

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Updating Everest’s height: A team of researchers has summited the mountain to remeasure the peak’s height. A longstanding number could soon change. [Outside Online] The Boston Marathon is canceled: For first time in …read more

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Industry Buzz: Big changes coming to ski resorts, skiing’s return to its roots, Outdoor Research’s new president, hunting groups support conservation, 100 years of outdoor catalogs

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Plan for a different kind of ski season: What will the winter season look like for skiers and snowboarders? Here are some of the changes to expect. [The New York Times] Skiing returns to its roots: In another take on the …read more

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Industry Buzz: REI to close for Black Friday, Yosemite eliminates reservations, wearing face masks outside, Vasque names new president

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web #OptOutside continues: Even in this tumultuous year, REI will once again close its stores on Black Friday and pay its employees to spend time outside with friends and family as part of its annual #OptOutside campaign. A …read more


Industry Buzz: Vista Outdoor, Generation Snow, Colorado National Monument, Headwaters Economics, Confluence Accords, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today’s top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at [email protected] Confluence Accords: The number of states that had signed a set of outdoor recreation principles increased from 8 to 13 this week. Leaders from Maine, Michigan, …read more

Towering red rock formations around Moab, Utah.

Industry Buzz: REI sued, land auction called off, Connect show cancelled, TGR’s new streaming service, Eco-Challenge race returns

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web REI sued over hand sanitizer: A lawsuit filed against the retailer claims that REI falsely marketed an alcohol-free product as a "proven alternative to alcohol sanitizers.” [Law360] Land auction cancelled: After sustained …read more

Purple canyon formations against a hazy sky.

Industry Buzz: TNF’s climate work, Outdoor Research earns FDA authorization, Columbia sponsors NASCAR, plus-size gear, Outdoor Retailer launches design series

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The North Face’s climate efforts: How TNF is stepping up to challenge Patagonia as the leader in business-backed climate advocacy. [CNBC] Outdoor Research earns FDA authorization: The Seattle-based brand is one of only four …read more


Industry Buzz: Malcolm Daly, REI x West Elm, recycling examined, protect mountain economies, Nikki Smith

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Update on Malcolm Daly: Our colleague is still doing well and making progress. Thanks to the generosity of his therapists, he will receive another 30 days of care before being discharged. Also, today is his birthday! Show …read more