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Two stickers commemorating Ann Krcik on a wood grain table

At the memorial celebration earlier this week for Ann Krcik, her friends took home stickers memorializing the woman who had such a positive impact on so many.

Hundreds of people gathered on Monday in the Bay area to celebrate the life and work of Ann Krcik, who passed away in February after a long battle with breast cancer. Krcik was a brand director at The North Face, the co-founder of OIWC (now Camber Outdoors), and the founder of Extreme Connection. Stickers were passed out, Grateful Dead music was played, and countless stories were told

Making history on Everest: On Monday morning, 70-year-old Xia Boyu became the first climber with two above-the-knee amputations to summit Mt. Everest. The Chinese climber had attempted the ascent four times before—the first in 1975 when he still had both his legs.

DPS recently hired sports industry stalwarts Sergio Kiehl and Steve Kropf as part of the brand’s internal sales team expansion. Kiehl will take on the role of Vice President of Global Sales while Kropf, formerly sales and marketing director at Salewa, becomes the brand’s North American Sales Director.

RECALL: Ortovox issued a precautionary recall for ORTOVOX 3+ avalanche transceivers running software version 2.1. Get the full scoop here.

American Alpine Club is launching a new initiative aimed at helping climbers process mountain accidents. The new program, the Climbing Grief Fund, is the brain child of climber Madaleine Sorkin, who was deeply impacted by the deaths of Hayden Kennedy and Inge Perkins. Outdoor Research, which sponsors Sorkin, is matching donations up to $5K made by June 15. 

Men's apparel company Fisher + Baker has tapped Jon and Tiffany Kalupa of the Avalon Group as its East Coast sales representation.

Boulder, Colorado-based Matador Packable Adventure Gear, maker of packable blankets, bags, and other accessories has signed on with Backbone Media as its public relations agency of record. 

Beth Jensen, senior director of sustainable business innovation at OIA, has been honored with  an Environmental Leader 75 award from Business Sector Media for her work with OIA's sustainability initiatives.

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