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  • Everest update: Mountaineers Willie Benegas and Matt Moniz skied down the Lhotse Face this weekend. After posting about their feat on Facebook, the Nepal Ministry promptly spanked them because of what Everest expert, Alan Arnette calls “a silly and secret rule.” The ministry writes: “The duo only obtained Everest climbing permit and their ski attempt was illegal. Climbers shall pay US$1,000 as royalty to obtain ski permit while the ski team must have a liaison officer to monitor their activities in the mountains and the ski team also needs to deposit US$500 as garbage management fee at the DoT.” Benegas and Moniz had no clue about this regulation, but told Arnette, “We were completely unaware of the ski permit requirement, and of course have made arrangements to pay for the permit and comply with the regulations. We certainly respect Nepal’s mountaineering rules and regulations and believe we were in compliance.”
  • Socks for the homeless: Bridgedale Outdoor Ltd has donated 3,000 socks to the Niagara Frontier Transit Police Department. The socks will be distributed through the Matt Urban Hope Center, a non-profit organization that provides housing and programs to those in need in Western New York.
  • Calling all writers! Climbing Magazine and Edelrid have teamed up with two Wyoming climbing festivals. Submit your story for a chance to be published in the mag and win sweet gear from Edelrid. 
  • Zero tolerance for bullying: Black Diamond dropped one of its sponsored climbers, Joe Kinder, for bullying others on social media. Climber Sasha DiGiulian called him out for it. Kinder issued an apology on Instagram and admitted to having a private social media account for posting “inside jokes and memes poking fun at people.”
  • OluKai is assisting in recovery efforts following a record-breaking rainstorm that brought almost 50 inches of rain in just 24 hours to the island of Kaua’i in the Hawaiian Islands. The brand is donating a portion of race registration fees from their 10 annual paddle races to directly support three lifeguards who lost their homes.
  • Vertical World, America's first climbing gym in Seattle, Washington, celebrated its 30th birthday last Thursday. The former rundown warehouse in Seattle was transformed by two ordinary climbers, who decided to glue some chunks of rock onto sheets of plywood.
  • The next generation of outdoor product innovation is reuse, according to a new Outdoor Industry Association report. OIA studied six brands making fabric and gear from, ahem, garbage. The brands are Mountain Designs, Zeal Optics, reDEW, Patagonia, Recover, and Lucky Sheep, and they're experimenting with food waste, bioplastics, and other non-traditional natural fibers.
  • Brew Dr. Kombucha, the country’s leading 100-percent raw kombucha brand, has hired Backbone Media to manage its public relations and communications strategy.

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