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 Retailer has released a 2021 schedule of cycling trade shows to put on your calendar. [Bicycle Retailer and Industry News]

New Chinese product ban: The Department of Homeland Security announced that customs officials will start detaining shipments containing cotton and cotton products originating from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps in China, which uses forced labor to create goods.

Boutique gear companies face challenges: The pandemic has brought a wave of new challenges for small and mid-sized outdoor gear startups, which already faced difficulty breaking into a crowded market. [Forbes]

Photo contest deadline: Time is running out to submit your entries for the Wilderness Volunteers photo contest. Upload your best shots by this Sunday for a chance to win.

Free national park days: A complete calendar of all free-access days at national parks in 2021. [Condé Nast Traveler]

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Most difficult retailers: 136 independent outdoor retailers across the country responded to our annual survey this year. Here are the most difficult manufacturers to do business with, according to their responses.

Outdoor writing award winners: The Outdoor Writers Association of America has named the winners of this year's Norm Strung Youth Writing Awards.

SNEWS poll: How do you get your skis and/or snowboard to the mountains? Take our 30-second poll to see what the rest of the industry is saying.

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