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  • Maybe you're heard about how the Trump Administration is trying to impose tariffs on raw down and feather materials imported from China. The first products that come to mind are probably sleeping bags and puffies, essentials in the outdoors. But as of right now, those tariffs impact the home textiles industry over the outdoor industry since most sleeping bags and puffies are pre-filled in China. We'll let you know if that changes.
  • Another reason Colorado is cool: Come next spring, it will be the new home for VF Corporation's global headquarters. That includes iconic brands such as The North Face and JanSport, as well as Altra and Eagle Creek.
  • Last Saturday, a plane crashed 14 miles southwest of Denali's summit and killed fur occupants on a flightseeing tour. A fifth person is still missing, but is presumed dead by National Park staff.
  • Exactly 128 years ago last Friday, the first woman summited Mount Rainier. Fay Fuller defied expectations of women during the Victorian era. Fay Peak is named after her.
  • Hey, winter adventure filmmakers: The 14th annual Backcountry Film Festival is open for submissions until Sept. 1. Curators are looking for films between three and 20 minutes tat tell authentic stories of backcountry, human-powered recreation or environmental preservation. Anybody with questions can contact Melinda Quick, Backcountry Film Festival Manager, at
  • Zeal Optics is growing. The sunglasses company announced four additions to its team last week. Nate Hrivnak moves from the marketing department at Zeal Optics to a new sales role in Northern California. Alex Aparicio joins the team as a new sales representative in the Tahoe territory. In the Boulder office, Hayley Edmondson takes over as digital marketing specialist, and Alaina Imberger is the new marketing specialist.
  • Darn Tough Vermont appointed Brooke Kaplan as director of marketing. Kaplan began her career at Procter & Gamble and joins the Darn Tough team with 16 years’ experience working with New England-based brands such as New Balance and Life is Good.