What did the SNEWS team read this week that other industry insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out!
- It’s been just a few short weeks since the world watched in horror as a gunman opened fire on innocent children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary. Parents and loved ones have said good-bye in numerous funerals that took place last week. The little ones who were victims probably still have their Christmas presents under the trees at home and their parents will be forever heartbroken. This latest in senseless tragedies has sparked yet another debate on gun control laws. This Los Angeles Times story said Dick’s Sporting Goods and Cabalas are rethinking selling the rifle said to be used in the massacre.
- Before 1980 it was out of the ordinary to have 10 avalanche-related deaths. This past season there were 34, according to this New York Times story. More manufacturers of safety equipment are upping the technology in their products, but are still calling for education on avalanche safety. This New York Times story is an amazing read about a group of skiers and snowboarders who were trapped in an avalanche on Tunnel Creek.
- So let’s move past the heavy stuff and onto other things. It seems the sport of ultra running has been steadily growing in the past 10 years, which means good news for the outdoor industry as some of the gear needed for these races that are mostly on trails is found moreso in outdoor retailers. Check out and “Like” this Facebook page if you’re looking to get into the sport.
- So turns out urban workouts aren’t very good for the health of folks. This Cosmopolitan story said that those who exercise outdoors in a busy city are more likely to have inflammation caused by inhaling exhaust fumes than those who exercise in the suburbs or on trails.
- Want to give your customers a fun task? Or maybe even your sales associates? Check out this Scouting Magazine quiz to see just how knowledgeable you are about winter camping.
- Doug Schnitzpahn of Elevation Outdoors said on his Facebook page that he's managed to get a tactical tomahawk and yoga pants in the same review, so naturally we were intrigued. Find out what Schnitzpahn and other "overgrown children" aka "dudes" want from you as gifts. Christmas is over, but birthdays, Father's Day and anniversaries linger, so why not buy your loved ones a tactical tomahawk? After all, everyone needs one.
- Sweetgrass Productions recently released its fourth film (Valhalla) and it seems like one our readers might enjoy. It explores the nostalgia one man has for his childhood and his journey to rediscover that freedom through snowboarding and backcountry skiing. Check out this link for a trailer.
- Good news for you Ohio retailers! The Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) Office of Real Estate recently awarded funding for more than 100 outdoor projects, from park improvements to improving local access to outdoor recreation spots. The grants came from NatureWorks and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
- There’s nothing like a dance party, well except for maybe a dance party on an outdoor excursion. Check out this Gear Junkie review on the Bluetooth Wireless Outdoor Speakers that offers big sound in a tiny package.
- We saw these outdoor cooking stones and immediately wanted them. The Stoneven serves more than one purpose: First, it helps you cook your food and then the stones can serve as hand warmers when the post-dinner cold rolls around.
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