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 4,000-foot peak in the Appalachians right now, don’t expect the Appalachian Mountain Club to count it as an official ascent—not until states have lifted their stay-at-home orders.

National Park Week: The annual weeklong celebration of “America’s best idea” is coming up. Here’s how you can honor and enjoy the parks during the pandemic. [The Hill]

New travelogue: On that note, why not read CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Conor Knighton’s new travel memoir about his journey through all 59 parks? [Forbes]

Montanans know the deal: According to a new poll, residents of Montana “tend to use and appreciate public lands 10 to 15 percent more than people in other states.” [KPAX]

Calm your mind: Yes, we’re sick of being inside, too. This interactive eco-meditation will help soothe your frayed nerves. [The New York Times]

Zoom with a llama: For the low price of $100 you can get a llama or goat on your next videoconference call (and support a struggling animal sanctuary in the process). [Business Insider]

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ORR has a new VP: Lindsey Davis, one of the founders of Wylder Goods, has taken on a new role in advocacy with the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable.

Exxel acquires Compass 360: The owner of Kelty and Sierra Designs has finalized the purchase of an Alabama-based maker of waders and rainwear.


Olympic National Park

Industry Buzz: National parks to reopen, spring climbing, "corona-buying," The Redside Foundation

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The White House says national parks will reopen: However, no dates or details have been offered. [CNN] Summiting K2 this year after all? Restrictions may ease by the time the spring climbing season starts in Pakistan. 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

Big Bend

Industry Buzz: National parks, OIA webinar, an indoor ultramarathon, The Voice, Mountain Hardwear

National parks reopening: The acting director of the National Park Service is currently working on a “framework for a gradual resumption of operations." [National Parks Traveler] A cautionary tale: Even that happens, however, we should heed the warnings from places like Utah’s 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

Arches National Park

Industry Buzz: Patagonia, "psychological first aid," a new way to buy gear, Slay at Home speaker series, National Park Week

Patagonia back in action: After shutting down most of its operations for more than a month, the brand has outlined a plan for getting up and running again. [Gear Junkie] The first virtual trade show: Gearmunk has developed the outdoor industry's first true digital trade show—an 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: In Solidarity Project grants, virtual Tour de France, L.L.Bean opens new locations, woman hospitalized in Yellowstone

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Grants for marginalized communities: In Solidarity Project, the organization that oversees the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge, has announced a grant program to support underrepresented and underserved people in the outdoors. 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