Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

The return of travel: An examination of how the vaccine rollout will affect travel in the months to come. [Outside Online]

Outdoor gear is harming Everest: “Forever chemicals” from outdoor equipment have been detected in the snow near the summit of the world’s tallest mountain. [UMaine News]

A tragic loss: The CFO of San Francisco-based based retailer Sports Basement was among five cyclists killed in a traffic accident in Las Vegas this month. [SFGate]

Burton expands leadership team: Selema Masekela has been named to the snowboarding company’s board of directors. [VermontBiz]

The future of trade shows: A glimpse into the possible future of large gatherings in our industry. [Darby Communications]

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OR's second virtual show: Outdoor Retailer has released the event and education lineup for round two of its all-digital trade show, opening in January.

Deb Haaland nominated for interior secretary: If confirmed, Haaland would become the first Native American to hold a cabinet position.

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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 …read 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 …read more

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Industry Buzz: Support outdoor journalism, how Artz runs REI, Grassroots Connect’s new show dates, Access Fund Summit Celebration, new leadership at Burton

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 …read more

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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 …read more

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Industry Buzz: REI’s new location, air changes on Everest, holiday sales predictions, support the outdoor places you love, oppose drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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. …read more

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Industry Buzz: Gear inclusivity, improving safety on Everest, Trump nominee to be withdrawn, the gaiter debate, REVEAL conference announced

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web’ Goals for gear inclusivity: Women’s gear has come a long way since its earliest days, but we still have a long way to go to make it fully inclusive. [Condé Nast Traveler] Improving safety on Everest: A new piece of …read more

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Industry Buzz: Record-holding Everest climber dies, tragedy near Mount Rainier, The North Face teams up with Gucci, backcountry bong

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web Loss of a legend: Ang Rita Sherpa, the first man to climb Mount Everest 10 times, has died at 72. [CNN] Tragedy in Washington: A Seattle man died this week while hiking through white-out conditions in Mount Rainier National …read more

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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

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Industry Buzz: E-bike boom, SOAR Act, tick bite vs. Covid-19 symptoms, a new travel survey, calling out racism, DEI town hall discussion

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web E-bike sales set to boom: “We believe a lot of this momentum will remain,” experts say of the recent traction in e-bike sales. [Bicycle Retailer] Outdoor tech company gets big funding: Arrive Outdoors, a gear rental …read more