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- Having trouble booking your dream campsite? A relatively new online service called Campnab is helping campers navigate the complexities of snagging a popular spot to set up a tent for a few nights at campgrounds in California, Oregon, Washington, Canada, and U.S. national parks. Essentially, you tell them the campground you want, and give them some dates, and they monitor the place with laser-beam focus, watching for cancellations. That's when you swoop in.
- Pride parades were held this past weekend in cities across the country, and here are a few outdoor brands that showed up:
- Denver is a happenin' place. Next February, the Colorado capitol will be home to the North American tour for the UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing Finals for the first time. More than 200 athletes from 26 countries will compete for the overall World Cup in both Lead and Speed categories. The weekend event hosted by the American Alpine Club will be held in Denver’s Civic Center Park and will be free to the public.
- A new outdoor gear shop called Grasse River Outfitters is opening up in Potsdam, New York, and it will also sell mainstream sports equipment. It will start off as consignment and eventually offer new retail items. “There is certainly a need for outdoor gear,” said Owner Brooke E. Rouse. “There aren’t many places where you can purchase outdoor gear and apparel in the county."
- Warm, but not too warm: Downlite introduced a new down-synthetic blend called ClimaSMART Down Blend powered by 37.5. Is this the next big thing in outerwear?
- Jurors reached a verdict this week in the case of the wrongful death of 13-year-old Taft Conlin at Vail Resorts in January 2012. The boy's parents sued Vail for negligence in properly closing dangerous terrain, but the jury concluded that the resort did indeed properly close the Upper Prima Cornice, where the avalanche took Conlin’s life
- Eagle Creek recently named Jeff Red, owner of High Country Trading, as 2017 Rep of the Year. Upon hearing the news, Red, in visible disbelief, said, "I don’t have any notes, and all I can really say is that I’m blessed and honored to receive this award and feel lucky to work with such a wonderful group of people and a company like Eagle Creek."
- Cotopaxi, a Certified B-Corp that creates outdoor products and events, and gives 2 percent of its revenue to alleviate poverty, won Carryology’s highly coveted Brand of the Year Award. "When we launched Cotopaxi four years ago, it was our dream to build a brand that would inspire adventure and move people to do good,” said Davis Smith, CEO and co-founder of Cotopaxi. “This year, as we move beyond being a direct-to-consumer digital brand to selling our gear in retail stores across the country, including entry into all 150+ REI stores, our greatest hope is that this growth will continue to fuel our humanitarian efforts across the globe and inspire both young and old to spend more time exploring this amazing world we live in.”