Industry Buzz: #SafeOutside survey, Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC, Big Agnes, Honey Stinger, Denali, TNF, and more

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  • In partnership with #SafeOutside, the initiative that surveyed the climbing community about the prevalence of sexual misconduct, SNEWS is conducting its own survey. If you are a professional member of the outdoor industry, please take a few minutes to answer some questions, and please share it with your colleagues. 
  • The North Face has extended its commitment to address climate change by offsetting 100 percent of emissions generated through its athlete expeditions. The company is purchasing carbon credits from The Conservation Fund, which will be used to support the planting of 200,000 trees at the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge in Kansas. The Conservation Fund estimates that the reforestation project will trap around 200,000 tonnes of CO2 over the lifetime of the trees.
  • The world's longest staff meeting has concluded. After three months of nearly non-stop hiking, biking, and riding, employees from Big Agnes, Honey Stinger, and BAP have completed the “Border to Backyard” quest, covering 740 miles and ascending 145,043 vertical feet along the Continental Divide Trail from Colorado’s southern border to its northern edge.
  • Data from the 2018 Western North Carolina Outdoor Industry Manufacturing Census—by the Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC—shows a 61-percent increase of jobs in the economy since 2014, from 473 to 762, and a 114-percent increase of local sourcing dollars since 2014, from $4 million to $8.6 million. Read the full report here.
  • Officials are investigating if hiker found dead on a trail near Mt. Hood was killed by a mountain lion. So far, all evidence points to the animal. And if it's true, the kill would be the first in Oregon.
  • Denali opened its seventh store this weekend in Providence, Rhode Island, with proceeds from the grand opening benefitting Save the Bay. The new location will carry The North Face, KÜHL, Merrell, Smartwool, Toad&Co, and similar brands, and a section of the first floor will be exclusively devoted to Patagonia apparel, gear, and services. "Rhode Island offers some amazing recreational opportunities," said Chris Howe, partner. "Our team's ready to share its expertise, and we're thrilled to join a vibrant commercial and residential neighborhood on College Hill."
  • Pro skier Chris Anthony, a Chaos Headwear ambassador, was inducted into the Colorado Snowsports Hall of Fame for leaving a lasting impact on the state. His program Chris Anthony Youth Initiative Project supports educational enrichment in local schools. He has also been a member of the Warren Miller Film Team, emceeing film events nationwide, and he inspired the creation of the documentary "Climb to Glory, The Legends of the 10th Mountain Division” and is currently working on the sequel to this project.