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 him some love by donating to his GoFundMe here.

REI partners with West Elm: The two brands have come together to release a collection of glamping-ready outdoor gear. [Fast Company]

A new kind of summer: The pandemic is going to make warm-season activities markedly different this year. A vast survey from Moosejaw paints a picture of how things are likely to change.

The complexities of recycling: The story of what happens to your recycled goods is more nuanced than you may imagine. [Outside Online]

How to protect mountain economies: Former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper discusses the inextricable link between the economic wellbeing of mountain towns and the protection of public lands. [Post Independent]

Maine’s new PR push: A new campaign, “Adventure in Maine,” aims to bolster the state’s $3 billion outdoor industry. [Mainebiz]

The Tao of climbing: A new episode of the Women Who Travel podcast features professional climber Nikki Smith discussing what her sport taught her about facing fear. [Conde Nast Traveler]

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When face masks become gear: Companies across the industry have discovered a viable new gear category in PPE, starting with reusable masks.

What defines an outdoor company? For the last two months, Flowfold has produced only face shields. The company's leadership says its perfectly in line with who they are.

One-minute poll: Who makes the best dehydrated backpacking meals?


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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 more

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Industry Buzz: REI launches new bike line, climbers using crags to protest, how oil companies lie about recycling, Mitsu Iwasaki, Burton's anti-racism

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web REI bets on itself: The retailer is expanding its house-branded line to include bikes and potentially footwear. [StoreBrands] Using crags as demonstration tools: Do climbers have a right to hang Pride and Black Lives Matter more


Industry Buzz: REI opens new location, John Muir’s racism, Malcolm Daly, "reuse and repair" grants, Latino Outdoors, Kelty video series

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web REI opens new location: A new store is set to open in Billings, Montana—the latest move in a series of big changes for retailers grappling with the effects of the pandemic. [Billings Gazette] Confronting John Muir’s racism: more

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Industry Buzz: Tommy Caldwell says Trump will "ruin rock climbing," The North Face invests $7M in diversity, REI opens used gear pop-ups, virus outbreak at L.L.Bean

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Tommy Caldwell bashes Trump: The president is going to “ruin rock climbing,” the pro climber wrote in a recent op-ed. [Rock and Ice] The North Face invests in diversity: The brand has put $7 million into a new initiative more

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Industry Buzz: Outdoor startup competition, REI closes NY location, overcrowding on public lands, hut trips during the pandemic, too many people in Zion

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor startup competition: If you run a new outdoor company, apply to Win Moosejaw’s accelerator competition. [Gear Junkie] REI closes NY store: REI has announced it will close its only location in the Hudson Valley next more

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Industry Buzz: SOAR Act, new REI, crisis in Bangladesh, national park tragedy, Phil Powers, Columbia, OR Online education sessions

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web SOAR Act advances: A new bill that would simplify permitting for outdoor recreation on public lands has passed the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and moved to the floor of the House of Representatives. [America more

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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 more


Industry Buzz: REI loses a store, the "magic bus" is gone, remembering Laurent Boix-Vives, Todd Jones on fatherhood, investing in outdoor

REI loses a store to the pandemic: The brand’s Westminster, Colorado, location is closing as a direct result of coronavirus-related difficulties. [BusinessDen] Out of the wild: The mythical “magic bus” featured in the book and film Into the Wild has been airlifted out of the more

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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