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  • Opportunity for female crushers: The American Mountain Guides Association is offering 12 women-specific scholarships totaling $15,000 to help female members pursue courses in the Mountain Guide Program. Applicants must already be members and applications are due July 1.
  • It has begun: A Canadian mining firm has filed plans to explore 200 acres formerly within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The project would be the firm's first in the U.S. Permits have not been issued, and nothing will be done until the Bureau of Land Management comes up with a new management plan for the area.
  • Sportsmen unite: Protect Your Canyon—a coalition of wildlife conservation and hunting and angling organizations—are trying to prevent mining on about 1 million acres surrounding the Grand Canyon, asking that Zinke and the president respect a uranium mining moratorium established by the Obama administration. 
  • Downlite has partnered with Cocona Inc. to develop a new thermoregulating down: ClimaSMART powered by 37.5. The technology is said to dry faster than natural down. Touch and feel the new material during Outdoor Retailer Summer Market this July.
  • This fall, Mammoth Mountain will unveil the tallest Zipline in the U.S. The "Mammoth Mega Zip" will feature a vertical drop of more than 2,100 feet, split between two separate runs that will see zippers reach speeds beyond 55 mph. Would you zip it?
  • Steepest and highest uphill race: On September 15, the fourth annual Red Bull 400 returns to the iconic Utah Olympic Park in Park City, Utah. With a height gain of nearly 460 feet over 1,312 feet, this uphill sprint will challenge competitor’s speed, endurance, and determination as they race to the the summit of the breathtaking 2002 Winter Games ski jump. Register here.
  • Congrats to Nikwax, winner of the international OutDoor Industry Award for its water-resistant Nikwax Hydrophobic Down (NHD). This award is Nikwax’s second in the last two years. In 2017, the brand’s BaseFresh advanced laundry conditioner that deodorizes technical underwear and wicking base layers won for its functionality, sustainability, and price-performance ratio.
  • Backpack manufacturer Granite Gear promoted David Eisenberg to creative manager. Formerly a product designer, Eisenberg helped manage the details around the brand’s next long awaited multi-day backpack, the Blaze 60, which will hit shelves March 2019.