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- In honor of the climber who died last year in an avalanche on Imp Peak, Mystery Ranch established the Inge Perkins Scholarship to celebrate the life and inspiration of Perkins by providing financial assistance to a young female rock climber living in the greater Gallatin Valley.
- You have one more day to complete the National Mountain Biking Survey. This university-based study is the most comprehensive of its kind in the U.S. collecting information about your experiences, so that trail access and engagement with mountain biking are better understood by advocates, industry, and others. Get on it now before September 20.
- Kids in Seattle now have access to a gear-lending library thanks to the Mountaineers and Outdoor Leader Training (OLT) program at Washington Trails Association. Contributing partners at launch include: REI, King County, Rab USA, The Moccasin Lake Foundation, Cascade Designs, Petzl, Bogs, Cocoon, Deuter, Wise Owl Outfitters, Salomon, Adidas TERREX, Adventure Medical Kits, The North Face, Sea to Summit, Kovea USA, Vasque, and Helly Hansen.
- An update to the Google Maps app will help pedestrians and cyclists plan for hills along their routes so you can face them head on, or skirt around them.
- We talked to Grassroots Outdoor Alliance President Rich Hill a few weeks ago about what he thinks of Walmart's new premium outdoor store curated by Moosejaw. He called the big box discounter "the most dangerous retailer on the planet." Just yesterday, Hill released a full letter in response to Moosejaw CEO Eoin Comerford's letter backing up the online marketplace.
- Californians are bummed out. Even though California legislators agreed on creating an Office of Sustainable Outdoor Recreation, Gov. Jerry Brown didn't buy it. He vetoed the bill because he believes the intent is already covered by other offices and positions.
- A new airstream hotel is coming to Yosemite National Park. AutoCamp has partnered Airstream to transform a 35-acre site in the Sierra Nevada Mountains into a glampers paradise. Features include a 4,000-square-foot clubhouse, fire pits, a food marketplace, a rooftop deck and an outdoor swimming pool. Plus, guests will get to choose from 15 luxury tents, three cabin suites, and 80 deluxe trailers.
- Columbia Sportswear Co. appointed Dean Rurak as senior vice president of North America sales for the Columbia brand, effective Oct. 2. Rurak succeeds Joe Craig, who, after 23 years representing the Columbia brand, has made the decision to retire effective Oct. 1.
- It's just as environmentalists had feared: President Donald Trump rescinded an Obama-era rule that forced energy companies to capture methane. The prior regulation would have cut methane emissions by as much as 180,000 tons a year.
- And finally, BioLite's flashy new headlamp is available on Kickstarter now.