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  • Ryan Zinke does good: The Interior Secretary announced the designation of 19 new National Recreation Trails (NRTs)—a total 370 miles across 17 states, such as the 1.1-mile Fort Larned Historic Nature Trail Loop in Kansas to the 100-mile Guadalupe Ridge Trail in New Mexico and Texas. The trails already existed, but the designation means the trails get markers, inclusion in a database, and other benefits.
  • On Saturday morning, expert climbers Tim Klein and Jason Wells were killed while speed climbing on the lower pitches of the Salathé Wall on El Capitan—a section called FreeblastA scream was heard and both climbers fell, roped together, 1,000 feet to the ground, Climbing magazine reported.
  • Tariff news: Outdoor Industry Association thinks that the 10 percent aluminum tariff and 25 percent steel tariff on imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union could hit the outdoor industry hard by raising costs for products like trekking and ski poles, tent frames, carabineers, crampons, stoves and other products made in the United States by outdoor companies.
  • Vail Resorts is packing more ski areas under its wing with the acquisition of four more resorts: Okemo in Vermont, Mount Sunapee in New Hampshire, Crested Butte in Colorado, and Stevens Pass in Washington.
  • Gerber, a global supplier of personal knives, multi-tools, and problem-solving outdoor gear, appointed Andrew Gritzbaugh as general manager. He joined Gerber in 2011 and has held multiple roles in the company.
  • Arc'teryx promoted Megan Cheeseborough and George Weetman to the company's senior leadership team. Adam Ketcheson, vice president of global marketing and B2C, left the company at the beginning of the month.

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