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- Camber Outdoors recently announced the 2019 Pitchfest finalists: Sarah Lockwood of College Outside, Nailah Blades of Color Outside, CJ Riggins of RSport, Rachelle Snyder of Coozie Outdoors, Mallory Ottariano of Kind Apparel, Rachel Sapp of Backcountry Pulse, Iman Wilkerson of Step By Step Run Co., and Joan Denizot of Zize Bikes.
- The North Pole is closed. That's right. The pole will not see visitors for the first time in 18 years, due to political and natural obstacles.
- A new study found that Vermont reigns as the greenest state for 2019 after placing first in 2018. WalletHub just put out its list of 2019's Greenest States and Oregon, California, and New York made the top 10.
- Moosejaw is opening a bike and ski shop in downtown Birmingham, Michigan, at the end of April. The new store is about a mile from the company's flagship shop. "It is more of an upper-end, enthusiast selection," Comerford told Crain's Detroit Business. "This is the stuff for someone who's really into biking and skiing, wants the latest and greatest technology from the world's greatest brands."
- Microplastics have turned up on a mountain glacier for the first time, according to researchers at the University of Milan. They've raised the question: Could the tiny pieces of plastic have been left behind by high-tech hiking gear?
- The Ikon Pass just added Mt. Buller in Victoria, Australia, to its list of destinations. Mt. Buller joins Thredbo in New South Wales, Australia, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, and Mt. Hutt in New Zealand, and Valle Nevado in Chile, plus 33 destinations in the Northern Hemisphere.
- Pale Morning Media's most recent Outdoor States podcast episode features Noah Wilson, one of Western North Carolina's leading outdoor recreation economy advocates. "We're working to regenerate communities which have gone through the trauma of a socioeconomic fracture, and that process needs conscious effort," Wilson said.
- Big City Mountaineers is currently registering hikers, climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts for 11 professional guided mountain adventures for its 2019 “Summit for Someone” program. Follow this link for more information and to sign up.
- Todd Walton is the Winter Wildlands Alliance's new executive director. “I’m humbled and honored to be leading such an amazing group of people doing collaborative work in policy, advocacy, education, and events that make experiences like these possible," Walton said.
- Snow Peak is moving and expanding its U.S. flagship store and company headquarters to a new location in Portland, Oregon—the only location outside of Japan for customers to experience the entire line. The two-story, 14,000-square-foot space will feature an immersive customer experience melding beautifully curated retail, restaurant, and bar spaces.
- Bicycle Product Suppliers Association (BPSA) and PeopleForBikes Coalition are merging after a vote by the boards. The merger must still be approved by a vote of all BPSA members.
- REI has added a new specialty water brand—Hobie—and is creating new boathouses and paddling experiences across the country. Two new boathouses in Bellevue, Washington, and in Denver, Colorado, will be open by May.