Teva Mountain Games Adds Competitive Slacklining to Lineup

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Teva Mountain GamesThis year, the Teva Mountain Games will add competitive slacklining to its diverse event lineup. The festival will last from May 31st to June 3rd, with competitive slackliners coming together in Vail for the Gibbon Games International Slackline Competition from June 1st to the 3rd.

Slacklining is the act of balancing along a narrow, flexible piece of webbing tensioned between two anchor points, usually trees. With its origins in the climbing world, slacklining combines balance, strength, agility and acrobatics. Slacklining is used as a cross trainer, activity with friends and now, a competitive sport.

OIA Trade Update: SEC Regulation on Reporting Use of Conflict Minerals

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Outdoor Industry AssociationThe Securities and Exchange Commission will issue a final rule next month requiring companies with publically traded debt or equity to report annually on the use of “conflict minerals” in their products.

Products that may fall into this category include camping, biking, fishing, snow sports, paddling, fitness, hiking and climbing equipment as well as ammunition and electronics like GPS devices, watches, and heart rate monitors.

OIA Goes to Washington for 2012 Capitol Summit

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OIA Capitol SummitThe Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) was joined by nearly 50 outdoor industry leaders for the 19th annual 2012 OIA Capitol Summit in Washington, DC on April 17th and 18th.

Through advocacy meetings, receptions, and fundraising dinners, OIA members and outdoor industry executives educated members of Congress about administration policy and congressional legislation that would benefit the businesses of the outdoor industry, while reiterating the importance of the industry to the local, state, and national economy.

Salomon Trail Tour 2012

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Salomon LogoFor the second year in a row Salomon is taking its Trail Tour across the United States to give runners the opportunity to experience trail running. Salomon’s mobile showroom will make stops in eight regions of the country, offering free trail running clinics, group trail runs, demos and giveaways.

Pacific Crest Trail Association Seeks Vendors and Sponsors for Trail Fest 2012

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Pacific Crest Trail AssociationThe Pacific Crest Trail Association is now accepting vendors and sponsors for their annual Trail Fest, a celebration of the trail and the volunteers and partners who make the trail possible. Trail Fest 2012 will be held on July 27-29 at the Northwoods Resort in Big Bear Lake, California. For more information about how to become involved, contact Seth Levy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit the PCTA Trail Fest page.

O.A.R.S. Releases Whitewater Orientation Video

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Oars LogoAngels Camp, CA -- River outfitter O.A.R.S. has released a new 23-minute whitewater orientation video. Covering PFDs (personal flotation devices), helmets, footwear, paddles, boats, non-voluntary swimming, river hazards, and inflatable kayaks, the video consists of 11 parts and includes on-river depictions of the situations described from actual trips on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, Idaho’s Salmon River, and California’s Tuolumne River.

McNett Partners with North Cascades Institute to Relaunch "Take a Kid Outside" Campaign

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McNett Take a Kid OutsideBellingham, WA – Partnering with the non-profit North Cascades Institute (NCI), McNett has relaunched its “Take a Kid Outside” campaign to help underserved kids get outside and enjoy the outdoors.

“We know that having the right gear for outdoor adventures is not feasible for all kids. This program of loaned gear coupled with NCI’s efforts at introducing kids to wild places will impact thousands of kids’ lives,” said McNett’s chief operating officer Travis Huisman.

At the moment the program is a regional initiative but as McNett and NCI begin building a gear locker the program is set to expand nationwide.

If you would like to donate outdoor gear or for more information, contact McNett here, or check out their website here.

Timberland Announces Relaunching of Hortiscope Quiz for Arbor Day

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Timberland HortiscopeStratham, NH --To bolster awareness of Arbor Day and help people celebrate it this year Timberland announced the relaunching of its Hortiscope quiz on Facebook with the promise of one tree planted in Haiti for each Hortiscope completed. That’s on top of its commitment in 2010 to plant 5-million trees in Haiti within five years, of which they have already planted 1.4-million.

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