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• A stunt on Ama Dablam: A team of Kuwait climbers hauled a 330-pound flag up the 22,401 Nepalese peak and draped it off the iconic summit this week. Reaction has been varied with some calling it a heroic feat and others, like Alan Arnette, chronicler of Himalayan expeditions, calling it "wrong, wrong, wrong." Read the full story on Arnette's website.
• Update on WiFi, other amenities in National Parks: The Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee established by former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was quietly disbanded earlier this month by National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela. "No action has been taken on the committee's recommendations nor will any action be taken in the future unless and until the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service determine the recommendations will improve the visitor experience, protect national park resources, and are determined to be prudent investments," Vela said. More than 80 percent of SNEWS readers voted against privatizing the National Parks.
• Mark your calendars: On the last day (Jan. 31) of Outdoor + Snow Show, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office Nathan Fey will moderate a panel called, "Building the Outdoor Industry Employment Pipeline: Stronger, Better, Smarter!" Panelists include Kristen Freaney, Outdoor Industry Association; Emily Newman, Camber Outdoors; and Andrew Deceuster, Utah State University.
• Guns and the outdoors: American Outdoor Brands is splitting into two publicly traded companies—one focused on firearms and the other on outdoor products. The split comes as the company recovers from weak profits and pressure for gun reform.
• Give to the climate this Giving Tuesday: Climate Neutral, the new certified 501c3 bringing carbon labeling to Corporate America, launched a Kickstarter campaign so individuals can off-set their own carbon footprint. A gift of $100 will offset 24 tonnes of CO2e, and donate around $20 to Climate Neutral.
• A big day for REI: Today, the cooperative opened four new stores in Farmington, Utah; Huntsville, Alabama; Oklahoma City and Williston, Vermont. By the end of the year, REI will have opened a total of eight new stores, relocated two existing stores to larger locations, and opened three new boathouses in 2019.
• Alterra Mountain Company announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, bringing the company’s total to 15 year-round mountain destinations throughout North America, including the world’s largest heli-skiing operation.
• Eddie Bauer just added Carla Perez and Angela Hawse to its Guide and Athlete roster. Both are world-class guides and bring years of experience and to the team.
• Full Tilt just signed ski legend Sammy Carlson as its newest athlete. He’s already kitted in his favorite touring-capable boot for his latest edit (Watch “Over Time”), the Full Tilt Ascendant, and will also be collaborating on future boot innovations.
• SIA return to the business of running shows and announced its intent to buy Boston and Denver Ski and Snowboard Expos from BEWI Productions.