SNEWS best outdoor reads from around the web

Find out what Denver Post Reporter Jason Blevins recommends as a holiday gift for the outdoorsman or woman on your list, and see which outdoor company is the latest to help out with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
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What did the SNEWS team read this week that other industry insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out!

  • For many folks, winter fitness means trading outdoor workouts for a gym pass, but it shouldn’t be so, according to this Sierra Sun story. The gym, the story said, is more like a “prison sentence” while working out in the great outdoors is refreshing and rewarding.
  • We all know those people: They know everything. Or think they do, anyway. According to Brendan Leonard, the sooner we ditch that mentality, the sooner we'll be able to open ourselves up to learning new things. In this Semi-Rad post, Leonard writes about the importance of being a lifelong beginner. Say goodbye to 2012 and knowing it all, and hello to 2013 and learning new things. We think we're going to focus more on learning how to snowboard.
  • We love learning about new places for outdoor adventures, so naturally we were tickled to read this Daily Record story about Roxbury township’s zoning board approving a 45-acre outdoor adventure park off Mount Arlington Road for zip lining. The measure also said businesses can be opened on the property. 
  • A few weeks ago we told you about the Boy Scout troop that got all their stuff stolen. Thanks to an influx of donations from a generous couple, the troop can keep right on with their outdoor adventures. The couple, Jon and Melissa Northrup, have been Scout leaders themselves and had a son who was active in the program. Check out this Daily Journal story about the couple and their donation.
  • The specialty running and outdoor communities are a natural fit for one another, which is why many of you sell things like heart-rate monitors, GPS watches and trail running shoes in your stores. For your data junkie consumers who are shopping with you for their running needs, check out this Wired review of the Wahoo Fitness Stride and Heart Rate Sensor. Could be another gadget to stock.
  • This past November we did a SNEWS Qs with RootsRated.com’s Co-founder Fynn Glover. We thought we’d give the company another little shout-out after reading this Times Free Press story about the website’s win the region’s Will This Float? competition. Because it won, the website’s staff will be able to present their case to possibly win a $250,000 from 500 Startups, an Internet-business accelerator out of Northern California.
  • Camping and fishing items make great gifts for all the outdoorsy folks in our families, according to this Columbia Basin Herald story. Suggestions include a camp stove (though the story didn’t mention specific brands) and a stocking full of fishing tackle.
  • Speaking of gift guides, Jason Blevins of the Denver Post has another for you right here. Blevins isn’t your average reporter. In fact, he’s a staple in the Outdoor Retailer Daily newsroom every Summer Market. In other words: He knows his stuff. Check out what he recommends your customers pick up in your stores.
  • We have read about a lot of outdoor companies coming through to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The latest one we read about was Outdoor Research. Check out this story about the company’s donations of both outdoor clothing and money.

Have you read anything interesting you'd like to share with us? Maybe we'll include it next week's column with a little shout out to whoever sent it to us. Send a link to the story with the subject line "SNEWS Reads" to be considered.

--Compiled by Ana Trujillo

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