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BACKPACKER's new survival podcast drops today.

BACKPACKER's Out Alive podcast dropped today, which will bring listeners harrowing stories about surviving in the backcountry. The first episode is about pro skier Amie Engerbretson surviving an avalanche. SNEWS assistant editor Amelia Arvesen is a producer on the show. Check it out here.

More than 100 industry leaders—including our own Kristin Hostetter and Sharon Houghton—gathered in Washington D.C. last week for OIA's Capitol Summit and lobbied Congress on access and protection of wild lands, tariff control, and climate change.

Did you catch Adrian Ballinger and Emily Harrington on Good Morning America last week? The couple, each in the midst of big projects (Adrian’s on Everest and Emily is free-climbing El Cap in a day), checked in via split-screen Skype to high-five each other. Awwww...

REI has launched a new trips program aimed at 18 to 35-year market segment, known for the penchant for collecting experiences, not gear. Options cover Latin America, North America, Asia, and Europe. Learn more here.

Mom-to-be and MSNBC anchor, Kasie Hunt, tweeted about the sore lack of outdoor maternity clothes on the market, and it went viral. Will this spark companies to turn their attention to this overlooked market segment with money to spend?

Way to go, Maine! The state just passed a law banning restaurants, caterers, coffee shops and grocery stores from using to-go Styrofoam containers, which can’t be recycled. Which reminds us, have you joined the movement to nix single-use plastic from our Outdoor Retailer? Make the promise to use your own bottle and say no to disposable bottles here.

Emerald Expositions, parent company to Outdoor Retailer, recently released its Q1 earnings, which are down by 30.4 percent.

Sad news: Ascent Outdoors, a well-established and much beloved specialty gear shop in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, shuttered its doors suddenly last week.

A style exhibition in Seattle last week shined the spotlight on several of our industry’s favorite brands, including MSR, Filson, Eddie Bauer, and REI. No surprise, since the "One of the key ingredients of Seattle style is our location, the environment, the weather,” said one of the organizers.

Scottish doctors know best: Adventure Journal reported last week that doctors in Scotland have started issuing “nature prescriptions,” sending their patients out hiking to battle high blood pressure to diabetes, anxiety, and depression, among other illnesses.

Fjällräven’s Nathan Dopp was promoted to global vice president of parent company Fenix Outdoor International AG last week, while Jean-Marie Shields becomes vice president of brand experience.

Sierra Designs snagged an award from Outside magazine for its budget-friendly Clearwing 3 tent.

Yakima named Brothers & Company its agency of record for PR and marketing services.

Bride and groom: Amelia Arvesen and Steve Norris

SNEWS assistant editor, Amelia Arvesen, was a beautiful bride!

Lastly, our very own Amelia Arvesen tied the knot with Steve Norris this past weekend. Congrats!