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  • Tomorrow is National Public Lands Day, which means admission to all National Parks is free. More than 100,000 volunteers are expected to help the National Environmental Education Foundation with projects on public lands across the country. Find a volunteer opportunity here.
  • 'Champion of the Earth': Patagonia this week was awarded United Nations’ flagship environmental honor for entrepreneurial vision for its 1 percent pledge, repair program,  reduction of emissions, and commitment to sustainability.
  • Interview: BACKPACKER talked to Will "Akuna" Robinson, who just became the first African-American man to hike the Triple Crown—the Appalachian Trail (AT), Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), or Continental Divide Trail (CDT). 
  • Move Mountains: The North Face this week announced the recipients of three female-focused grants as part of the brand’s Explore Fund: the Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant, Women of Color Environmental Leaders Grant, American Himalayan Foundation’s STOP Girl Trafficking. The list of recipients can be found here.
  • Outdoor Industry Association wrapped up its sustainability bootcamp in New York City this week. The next stop is Costa Mesa in December.
  • Go: Colorado Mountain Fest kicks off Sept. 28 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. It's expo and vendor village features demos, athlete meetings, games and activities, food trucks, a craft beer garden, educational seminars, a yoga class by prAna, a film festival, and more.
  • New gear: Backcountry is rolling out a number of new collaborative Winter Pursuit collections, including Backcountry x GORE-TEX snow-wear, Backcountry x Burton Splitboard, Backcountry x DPS Touring Skis, and Backcountry Travel and Lifestyle. The full collection of packs and apparel will be available on Monday, with the splitboard and skis launching Oct. 23.
  • LifeStraw named Troy Trimmer as its new national sales manager based in Seattle. Trimmer brings more than 10 years of experience in wholesale, retail, key account management, startups and distribution, growing portfolios of over $20 million.