Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

REI ranked best employer for women: Employees rated the retailer the best employer for women in the U.S. [Forbes]

Brown Folks Fishing tackles racism: The group has released a new pledge, Angling for All, that “seeks to dismantle systemic barriers to entry and participation at all levels of the fishing industry.”

National parks being trashed: The rush to get outside this summer is endangering some gateway communities surrounding public lands. [Time]

New China tariff exclusions: The new exclusions include some off-road bicycle helmets and folding helmets for bikes and scooters.

Join BACKPACKER for National Summit Day: On August 1, the staff at BACKPACKER and Big City Mountaineers are leading an effort to break down barriers to outdoor access. [BACKPACKER]

Evolv donates $50,000 to DEI organizations: The southern California climbing company raised the money through the preseale of a new product. [ShopEatSurf]

Hydro Flask expands leadership team: The brand has hired two new directors and a VP of product development.

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Industry Buzz: Anti-racism in the industry, MEC layoffs, new adventure travel data, BACKPACKER video series, tariff exclusions

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Building anti-racism in the outdoors: Transforming the industry will require immediate, deliberate, and sustained action. [Outside Online] MEC in trouble: The Canadian retailer announced more layoffs as a direct result of more

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Industry Buzz: Jack Wolfskin's first U.S. showroom, a fight over Utah roads, Hydro Flask grantees, a virtual Women's Outdoor Summit, the future of environmental justice

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Parks for All grantees: Hydro Flask's 2021 grant recipients include local, national, and international organizations across the outdoor sector. [Hydro Flask] Road blocked: The Supreme Court will allow conservation groups to more

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Industry Buzz: How to deal with election stress, death in Glacier, REI's new location, Merrell offering mixed-size shoe pairs, prepping for a winter of backcountry challenges

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Taking the edge off a stressful day: As you anxiously await the results of the election, consider turning off the news for a little while and clearing your mind with this livestream of polar bears. It might do you good. 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

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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

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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: Support outdoor journalism, how Artz runs REI, Grassroots Connect's new show dates, Access Fund Summit Celebration, new leadership at Burton

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Here’s an idea: Why not use all the unspent trade show dollars from 2020/21 to support journalism in the outdoor industry? [Pale Morning Media] How Artz runs REI: A look at how the chief executive of REI has handled changes more

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Industry Buzz: Colorado fires rage, HydroFlask wins national parks award, tech's effects on the outdoors, a new outdoor industry partnership

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Colorado fires get worse: The Centennial State is fighting its largest wildfire in history. [Vox] Hydro Flask wins prestigious award: The brand recently received the National Park Trust American Park Experience Award. It’s 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