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 during the pandemic. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

New Connect dates: Grassroots Outdoor Alliance has confirmed upcoming dates for its Connect buying show through 2024. Fall shows will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center on Nov 8-11, 2021; Nov 7-10, 2022; Nov 6-9, 2023; and Nov 14-17, 2024. Spring shows will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center on June 7-10, 2021; and June 6-9, 2022.

Access Fund's Summit Celebration: This year’s event, happening tonight, will feature keynote speaker Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind person in history to climb Mount Everest, and emcee Sophia Danenberg, the first African-American and the first Black woman to summit Everest.

The national parks debate: A two-part podcast series explores whether national parks are really the best way to protect the environment and biodiversity, or if there might be a better way of doing things. [The Guardian]

New leadership at Burton: The snowboard company has named a new creative director and head of marketing. [WWD]

Adidas’s new HR leader: The sportswear company has tapped Amanda Rajkumar to lead the HR department after the departure of Karen Parkin over employee complaints of racism. [Footwear News]

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Black Folks Camp Too: A consulting company founded by Earl B. Hunter Jr. makes a business case for promoting diversity in the outdoor industry.

Outdoor magazines cease operations: Four of the industry's oldest print publications will stop publishing indefinitely, with all employees furloughed until further notice. 


A valley of mountains with thick yellow smoke and bare pine trees in the foreground.

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

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 more

Mountains at sunrise with a road running by and cars parked.

Industry Buzz: REI ranked best employer for women, Brown Folks Fishing, tariff exclusions, National Summit Day, new leaders at Hydro Flask

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 more


Industry Buzz: Appalachian Trail pipeline, Just Add Water, the dirtiness of fleece, Canada Goose, Access Fund

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web A pipeline through the Appalachian Trail: The Supreme Court has reached a decision that will allow a natural gas pipeline to run below part of the Appalachian Trail. [Adventure Journal] Just Add Water Project: A new more

Hanging Mountain aerial shot featuring a nearby river

Industry Buzz: MEC, Atomic, Fjällräven, All Seasons Outfitters, and the Access Fund secured a new climbing area

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at The outdoor industry is mourning Jake Burton Carpenter, founder of Burton Snowboards, who did so much for the sport. Here is our tribute to the visionary. more

A desert landscape with cacti at sunrise

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


Industry Buzz: $2B sustainability fund, Rue Mapp, a record-breaking heliskier, outdoor industry leadership, GearJunkie's new head editor

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web $2 billion for sustainability: Amazon has announced the creation of a new Climate Pledge Fund to invest in sustainable technologies and work toward the ecommerce giant's goal of carbon neutrality by 2040. [TechCrunch] Rue more

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Industry Buzz: Columbia share price plummets, Trump opens public lands for logging, the pandemic threatens New England skiing, how to build ethical corporations

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Columbia struggles: The brands’ share price plummeted 16 percent this week. [The Oregonian] New public land threat: The Trump administration has opened Tongass National Forest to logging. [Adventure Journal] Covid vs. the more

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Industry Buzz: Inge Perkins Scholarship, Rich Hill's letter, an airstream hotel near Yosemite, gear-lending library for kids, and more

Keep up by reading Industry Buzz. Here are today's top headlines: Have a news tip? Email us at In honor of the climber who died last year in an avalanche on Imp Peak, Mystery Ranch established the Inge Perkins Scholarship to celebrate the life and more