Washington, D.C. – From October 16-22, national leaders of the parks community will join innovators in communications and technology as keynote speakers and presenters at Grand Thoughts at the Grand Canyon. The National Park Hospitality Association together with the Grand Canyon National Park are coordinating this meeting of minds to continue the dialog on how to help America’s park idea flourish in the 21st century.
Yosemite National Park extended their warning about the fatal rodent-borne hantavirus to 230,000 more recent visitors, confirming that a ninth person has contracted the virus, which has already claimed the lives of three others.
With flu-like symptoms including fever, aches, coughing and shortness of breath, the virus is spread to people who inhale dust particles that have come in contact with urine, saliva or feces of infected creatures. The disease kills more than a third of those infected. Yosemite officials say they expanded the warning from the initial 30,000 (who slept in two tent-cabin locations were the nine were believed to be infected) just to be cautious, especially since the virus can incubate for up to six weeks after exposure.
PrimaLoft announced its sponsorship of the Fall 2012 The North Face Speaker Series beginning in Chicago in early September and wrapping up in Los Angeles in November. The tour will visit 25 venues in the United States and Canada, and looks to shed light on adventure sports and outdoor athletic lifestyles.
The speakers include eight athletes from The North Face team: ski mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill, extreme skier Ingrid Backstrom, alpinist Conrad Anker, ultra-runner Diane Van Deren, alpinist and photographers Jimmy Chin and Cory Richards, rock climber Emily Harrington and rock climber and filmmaker Renan Ozturk.
Find out more about the series here.
Denver, CO – For the upcoming holiday season, the Capitol Christmas Tree will be harvested from the Blanco Ranger District of the White River National Forest near Meeker, Colorado. It will then be giftwrapped and trucked over 3,000 miles to the nation’s capitol on a custom-decorated Mack Pinnacle model truck with former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell behind the wheel.
The Blue Ridge Marathon in Roanoke, VA announced that Foot Levelers has signed on as the new title sponsor of the event. Through at least 2015, the race with more elevation change than any other on-road marathon in the United States will be known as the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon.
Foot Levelers is the maker of orthotics designed to stabilize and balance the feet while reducing pain and enhancing performance.
Zuke’s, makers of the all-natural performance pet treats, kicked off its first-ever Fuel the Love Tour, celebrating active lifestyles inspired by canine companionship.
Beginning in late August, the three-month long tour will be stopping at dog-friendly events across the Western United States with samples and activities for dogs and their owners.
Salomon USA has partnered with REI to bring the Salomon Trail Tour to urban areas around the United States in September. REI is set to host a 14-stop trail running and seminar opportunity. The event will include evening seminars on Thursday and/or Friday with presentations by Salomon’s staff and REI Footwear Specialists. Participants will learn about the accessibility of trails in the area and tips on everything trail running.
Rebecca Rusch and Alban Lakata traversed more than 100 miles of Colorado Rockies terrain and endured elevations as high as 12,424 feet to be crowned champions as this year’s Leadville Trail 100 MTB. This year’s ultra-distance mountain bike rice attracted nearly 2,000 riders from 50 states and 35 counties to Leadville, Colorado.
Wichita, KS – With Cordura’s sponsorship a four-man crew will attempt the first unsupported non-stop row across the Arctic Ocean. Cordura’s sponsorship will outfit the crew in gear from Kokatat, Eddie Bauer and Sea to Summit, as well as support their boat’s electronic systems.