October 16, 2020: Outdoor Industry News - SNEWS

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 aimed at bringing more diversity to the outdoors. [New York]

REI leans into used gear: The co-op has expanded its used gear business with a new member trade-in program and a trial run of used gear pop-up stores.

New national park proposed: A Utah congressman has introduced legislation to create a new national park covering part of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. [The Salt Lake Tribune]

Virus outbreak at L.L.Bean: The company has reported a coronavirus outbreak at its order fulfillment center in Freeport, Maine. [Portland Press Herald]

Free PR and marketing: Darby Communications and Status Forward have announced their 2021 Stand Up Initiative, which provides pro bono PR and marketing services to diversity-focused nonprofits.

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A mountain lion sitting on a brown rock looking sinister.

Industry Buzz: Shop owners take a stand against hate, a lawsuit that might change Everest travel, man stalked by mountain lion, the value of reps, Zappos/L.L.Bean partnership

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Taking a stand: Sunlight Sports in Cody, Wyoming, posted an admirable and unequivocal message on Facebook this week. Customers who exhibit intolerant, hateful behavior will no longer be welcome in the store, the owners ...read more