Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

Words require action: A wonderful reminder to the outdoor industry that, when it comes to supporting BIPOC members of your community, hashtags and black squares on Instagram are not enough. [Medium]

Save the travel photo for later: Post something anti-racist instead. [Outside Online]

BIPOC adventure grant: Speaking of action, Bikepacking Roots has created a new grant program to “help reduce the barriers to bike adventure for BIPOC individuals.” [Bike Mag]

How to celebrate Great Outdoors Month: The rules are different this year, but organizations are adapting. [Boating Industry]

Food for those in need: Colorado-based Meteorite PR hosted a food drive last week to help locals struggling with food security during the pandemic.

Where can you climb? National parks are reopening. Here’s where you can climb. [Rock and Ice]

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The industry speaks out: Across the outdoor space, leaders have stepped up to release statements condemning racial injustice. The next step: taking action to back up those statements.

From the archives: In an effort to amplify BIPOC voices this week, we're republishing some of our favorite pieces from the SNEWS archives. Revisit documentary filmmaker Faith Briggs and her collaboration with Merrell, "This Land," as well as James Edward Mills on tokenism vs. representation in the outdoor space, Patricia Cameron on outdoors sports' economic barriers to entry, and Latasha Dunston on representations of people of color in the outdoors.


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Industry Buzz: The newest national park, tribute to a great outdoor writer, outdoor inclusivity reading list, no refunds for Ironman entrants, Pacific Crest Trail permits available this year

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web New national park: The nation officially has a new national park in West Virginia, thanks to the latest pandemic stimulus package. [Travel + Leisure] Tribute to a great outdoor writer: A remembrance of “one of the great more

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Industry Buzz: Diversity in camping, climbing in China, Crater Lake lawbreakers, outdoor gear shortage, Colorado gear shop closes, climbing chalk vs. coronavirus

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web How to build diversity in camping: Start by taking a hard look at access (or lack thereof) to gear. [Los Angeles Times] Climbing in China: American climber Mike Dobie has been trying to promote his sport in China for years. more


Industry Buzz: Racist vandalism in national park, BOA acquired for $454M, back up your DEI pledge, sustainability in the industry, adventure grants

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Hateful vandalism in Tennessee: Officials are searching for suspects after someone vandalized the Great Smoky Mountains National Park entrance sign with a message that read “black lives don’t matter.” [CNN] BOA Technology 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

A view of El Cap in Yosemite on a sunny day with a blue sky.

Industry Buzz: Pipeline cancelled, Yosemite promotes cultural outreach, national parks and recycling, Nepal climbing, racist climbing route names

Appalachian Trail pipeline cancelled: Construction of a highly controversial natural gas pipeline that would have crossed the Appalachian Trail at multiple points was cancelled due to possible litigation costs. [BACKPACKER] Yosemite’s new cultural outreach ranger: 33-year NPS more

A calm lake with a dock and sunlit mountains in the distance.

Industry Buzz: Inclusive outdoor language, Americans sneak into Canada, park visits surge, the rise of skoolies, KEEN and Osprey innovate

What’s in a name: Racist climbing route names, tone-deaf brand terminology, and other instances of offensive language across the outdoor space are being examined anew. [The Colorado Sun] Speaking of language: It’s time to rethink how we talk about skiing, and the subtle ways our 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


Industry Buzz: Addressing racism, fund BIPOC nonprofits, POW's Lobby Day, ski towns' shifting strategies

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Words aren’t enough: Social media posts are a start, but we need far more than lip service to address structural racism in America. [Backpacker] Fund BIPOC nonprofits: Kula Cloth has announced a collaboration with artist more

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Industry Buzz: Unpaid internships must go, Great American Outdoors Act, New Mexico wins grant money, insurance for skiers, algal bloom in Zion

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor industry, pay your interns: Jon Stewart explains why unpaid internships propagate inequality, a reality many outdoor companies might do well to consider. Parks grapple with safety: Americans are impatient to visit more