Outdoor Industry Buzz: July 13, 2018 - SNEWS
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  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife rangers are searching for the person who shot and killed two young mountain goats on July 3 on Quandary Peak, one of the state's fourteeners. This is how Feral Mountain Co. is pitching in to help:
  • #WhenWomenLead: Speaking of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the state agency is sponsoring a female-focused outdoor skills program called "Cast and Blast." The weekend workshop takes place this weekend and covers skills for archery, shotgun shooting, fly fishing, wildlife watching and management, camping, and more. Other states have similar programs with workshops: New York State Department of Conservation's "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" (September 7-9), Pennsylvania's Women in the Outdoors program, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' Women's Fishing Workshop.
  • We came across an interview about a new outdoor gear start-up, MUUL, launched by an all-star team with experience at Poler, Field Notes, Coal Headwear, Union Bindings, and Finex. Their first product—successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign—is a 5-gallon backpack, cooler, and bucket called the Ruckbucket. Read more about their mission to combine fashion with function for the everyday adventurer.
Arches National Park

Arches National Park's visitation increased by 90 percent in one decade, from 2006 to 2016.

  • If a Traffic Congestion Management Plan is approved, you might one day need a reservation to enter Arches National Park. During peak visitation season—March through October—only vehicles with a reservation would be allowed into the park between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. The proposal calls for capping at 2,006 reservations per day, available online up to six months in advance.
  • Did you hear? Norwegian brand Norrøna is expanding in the U.S. It's a market leader in Europe, but the story isn't the same in the U.S., even though select styles are available on Backcountry.com and at REI. With a new distribution center in Chicago and a team based in Denver, Colorado, we'll see what the brand can do here.
  • Kudos to REI, Nau International, and Justin Bailie Photography, winners of The Conservation Alliance Outstanding Partnership Awards for 2018. John Sterling, executive director of the alliance, said, “This award is designed to celebrate and encourage direct interaction between our members and the conservation groups in their communities.”
  • In other Nau news, the sustainable clothing company based in Portland, Oregon, added seasoned outdoor sales professional Jeff Krahenbuhl to its U.S. team. In his new role as national sales manager, Krahenbuhl will oversee the current sales structure for Nau and BLACKYAK and bolster both brands’ U.S. wholesale growth strategy.
  • Growing clientele: Darby Communications has strengthened their roster with three new employees: Cory Van Auken, Ashleigh Sherman and Rachel Hess. The team’s growth is in response to an expansion in accounts and digital marketing services offered to current and prospective clients.
  • Mountain Khakis has new sales representation in two key territories. Representing the Rocky Mountain region, Annie DeWaters is the founder and principle of Gone Skiing Sales, representing brands in the ski, outdoor/fashion and tech apparel, and footwear industries since 1992. And in the Northwest region, Linda Di Lello Morton and Brian Morton have been representing outdoor and healthy lifestyle brands since 2006.

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