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  • First Mt. Everest update: A Russian climber has died on the mountain. Rustem Amirov apparently began to have altitude sickness after he nearly summited Lhotse and no one could reach him in time, Alan Arnette reported on his blog on Thursday. Amirov was found unconscious above camp 3 and Sherpas helped him down to camp 2, where he passed away.
  • Second Mt. Everest update: Mountaineers Willie Benegas' and Matt Moniz's ski down the Lhotse Face without a ski permit has been deemed “a very innocent mistake” by Department of Tourism’s director general Dinesh Bhattarai. They hope to go this weekend, weather permitting, Arnette reported on Thursday.
  • Grassroots Outdoor Alliance announced an impressive list of nominees for its 2018 awards. This year for the first time, the consortium of 64 independent outdoor specialty retailers and 68 vendor partners, has added three new categories for retailers: Advertising, Community & Events, and Merchandising Magic. Awards will be given out on June 13.
  • Anyone want an AR-15? Southern Outdoor Sports in Dothan, Alabama, is handling background checks and other legal requirements of a gun giveaway on Memorial Day. Rich Hobson, a Republican candidate for Congress in Alabama's 2 District, is giving one away to emphasize the importance of the Second Amendment.
  • Attend any type of race and you'll see a sea of little cups littering each aid station. The North Face is going "cupless," starting with a series of five races. HydraPak has been named as the official hydration sponsor of the series and will provide reusable HydraPak Speedcups to runners to use in place of disposable cups through the series.
  • Snowsports Industries America is circulating a survey to gain a better sense of their members' B2B order-gathering practices. Find it here.
  • Congrats! Mountain Safety Research (MSR) was named Manufacturing Company of the Year in the Innovation Category by Seattle Business Magazine.