The North Face has launched a 14-city KNOW Boundaries Snow Safety Tour, pairing athletes including, Ian McIntosh, Dana Flahr, Lucas Debari and Conrad Anker with The North Face and REI stores countrywide. The tour will provide information for safe backcountry travel, the knowledge, skills and training required.
The Conservation Alliance sent grants totaling $550,000 to 18 organizations working to protect wild places throughout North America. The donations marked the Alliance’s second funding disbursal for 2011, and brought the year’s funding total to a milestone $1.05 million. Since the organization’s founding in 1989, the Alliance has contributed more than $9.8 million to this cause.
Mast General Store, Merrell Footwear and MANNA FoodBank are addressing a pressing need in Western North Carolina by providing weekend food to at-risk children in Asheville. For each pair of Merrell shoes purchased at Mast Store October 1 through 16 Merrell will fill a pack with food to feed a child for a weekend.
The outdoor industry is standing together yet again to protect its open spaces, this time to defend a proposed wilderness area surrounding Desolation Canyon, Utah. With the support of the Outdoor Industry Association, over 30 national companies signed an open letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to voice their opposition to the Gasco Natural Gas Development Project. The project would authorize more than 125 new well pads in the Desolation Canyon proposed wilderness, having a potentially devastating effect on the area if approved by the Bureau of Land Management.
Advocacy organization The Access Fund has awarded more than $20,000 as part of its Climbing Preservation Grant program. The grants are given to local activist groups dedicated to conserving climbing environments.
For the second straight year, nonprofit First Descents will receive all funds raised at the EPIC Foundation's annual '80s Ski Party, taking place October 21 at Denver's Mile High Station. Last year's donations exceeded $30,000, allowing First Descents to provide outdoor adventures for ten young adults battling cancer. Funds provided by events like the Ski Party have helped First Descents to triple its number of programs in the last year.
Tickets for the party are $45 if purchased in advance, or $50 at the door. More information is available at 80skiparty.com.
Big City Mountaineers, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving urban youth through outdoor expeditions, announced the eighth season of its Summit for Someone fundraising climb service. Participants in the Summit for Someone program receive the chance to travel, climb the world's premier mountains and impact the lives of urban youth by raising funds for Big City Mountaineers.
The North Face announced the beginning of the second cycle for their 2011 Explore Fund grant program. Aimed to support youth involvement in the outdoors, the fund will provide $125,000 in micro-grants to non-profit organizations that spur youth outdoor engagement. This year the fund will reward non-profits with grants totaling a quarter of a million dollars. Overall, the fund has provided $425,000 in grants to foster a stronger relationship with the outdoors, encourage an active lifestyle and protect natural landscapes.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced their 2011 Game Day Challenge. Colleges around the country will compete to see who can reduce, reuse and recycle the most waste. The competition is open now, and champions will be crowned in December.