Industry Buzz: The Dawn Wall on Netflix, Alpine Start, SOLE and United By Blue, Alterra Mountain capital improvements, and more

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  • The Dawn Wall, the movie about climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson, is on Netflix—good news if you missed it in theaters or want to watch it again and again.
  • More than 25,000 people are eagerly waiting for the annual lottery for a permit to hike Yosemite’s Half Dome. The National Park blamed a delay—from March 1 to 13—in the process on its transition to a new contractor.
  • Alterra Mountain Company announced plans to invest $181 million in capital improvements across 14 mountain destinations for 2019/2020, including new high-speed lifts at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Winter Park, direct to lift access at Deer Valley Resort, an expansive renovation of the Bobbie Burns lodge at CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, and an upgrade of Steamboat’s gondola.
  • Alpine Start, the instant coffee company founded by climber Matt Segal, is stepping up its commitment to the environment. It joined the 1% for the Planet family and became a Foundation Partner with Protect Our Winters. Plus, the brand is coming out with a 30-serving reusable and recyclable jar of original blend for those using the coffee as their daily brew.
  • SOLE and United By Blue launched a Kickstarter on Monday for a shoe made of bison, algae, merino wool, recycled cork, and rice rubber. They're calling the Jasper Wool Chukka the world's most eco-friendly shoe.
  • PrimaLoft debuted three iterations of Cross Core and announced 30 new brand partners who have adopted the technology, including Black Diamond, Dynafit, La Sportiva, Mountain Hardwear, and Norröna. The aerogel, a highly porous, low-density structure, was originally used by NASA scientists and forms a temperature barrier locking out cold and heat. New products will be available at retail beginning fall 2019.
  • Backcountry Hunters & Anglers just started its first chapter in Iowa. The group advocating for public lands and sportsmen and women now has chapters in 39 states, two Canadian provinces, and Washington, D.C.