Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

REI’s newest location: The retailer plans to open its first store in central Pennsylvania next year. [Penn Live]

Oxygen levels on Everest: How global warming is altering air composition on the world’s highest peak. [Adventure Journal]

Holiday sales expected to grow: The National Retail Federation predicts holiday sales will grow between 3.6 and 5.2 percent this year. [National Retail Federation]

Ways to support the outdoors: A handy list of actions you can take to ensure the wild places you love are protected. [Men’s Journal]

Protect the Arctic: If you’re a business owner, consider signing this petition to oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Hunters helping national parks: The National Park Service is calling on hunters to help control non-native bison and mountain goats populations. [Outdoor Life]

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Industry Buzz: Everest is now taller, 2021 cycling trade shows, new ban on Chinese goods, challenges for small gear companies, Wilderness Volunteers photo contest

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Everest just got taller: Researchers have used new data to update the official height of the world’s tallest mountain. The peak is now 34 inches higher than it used to be. [Adventure Journal] Next year’s bike shows: Bicycle more

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Industry Buzz: Court approves MEC sale, donating PPE to poll workers, ebikes in national parks, Chris Burkard's new film, graffiti on public lands

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web MEC sale advances: A Canadian court has approved the sale of the co-op to an American investment firm. Members of the protest group called Save MEC have announced a virtual town hall to discuss next steps. [Simcoe Reformer, 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: TNF's climate work, Outdoor Research earns FDA authorization, Columbia sponsors NASCAR, plus-size gear, Outdoor Retailer launches design series

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web The North Face’s climate efforts: How TNF is stepping up to challenge Patagonia as the leader in business-backed climate advocacy. [CNBC] Outdoor Research earns FDA authorization: The Seattle-based brand is one of only four more


Industry Buzz: Remeasuring Everest, Boston Marathon cancelled, Great American Outdoors Act, bike sales

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Updating Everest’s height: A team of researchers has summited the mountain to remeasure the peak’s height. A longstanding number could soon change. [Outside Online] The Boston Marathon is canceled: For first time in more


Industry Buzz: Patagonia and REI reopen, national park safety, Thin Air show, coronavirus liability

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Patagonia exercises caution: The brand was one of the first to close its stores. After losing half its North American sales, leadership is considering an extremely cautious approach to reopening. [The New York Times] REI more

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Industry Buzz: Outdoor startup competition, REI closes NY location, overcrowding on public lands, hut trips during the pandemic, too many people in Zion

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Outdoor startup competition: If you run a new outdoor company, apply to Win Moosejaw’s accelerator competition. [Gear Junkie] REI closes NY store: REI has announced it will close its only location in the Hudson Valley next 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: Outdoor companies make medical supplies, Everest, national park closures, RockyMounts

The best of SNEWS: Top stories we've published recently Should Outdoor Retailer be cancelled?: We asked you if the OR Summer Market should go on as planned, be postponed, or be cancelled all together. Sixty percent agreed on one definitive answer. What do you think? Eddie Bauer more