Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

Avalanche beacon under scrutiny: A popular piece of avalanche safety equipment, the Pieps DSP Sport beacon, faces claims of malfunction from customers. Some are urging Black Diamond, which acts as a North American distributor for sister company Pieps, to recall the product. [Adventure Journal]

Everest access suspended: Nepal has once again closed access to Everest after a local man tested positive for Covid-19. [The New York Times]

Chaos at the BLM: The Bureau of Land Management’s illegitimate acting director, William Perry Pendley, has drawn intense media attention in the last few weeks. Here’s the full story behind his unlawful tenure at the agency. [Outside Online]

What happened to Best Made: The ultra-hip boutique outdoor brand Best Made seems to have closed up shop for good. Here’s what happened. [InsideHook]

Socktober is on: Smartwool’s annual campaign to raise money for good causes is in full swing. Buy a pair of socks today and help others in the process.

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