Arcata, CA – English kayakers Andy Mullins, Geoff Cater and Mike Greenslade will be decked out in Kokatat GORE-TEX ® dry suits, personal flotation devices and accessories as they make their 2,500-mile journey to circumnavigate mainland Britain in the GB360 Midlifekayak expedition.
The 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.
The 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.
For 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.
Angels 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.
Bellingham, 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.
Stratham, 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.
Outdoor China, the Shanghai exhibition for the development of China's outdoor sports industry, has been postponed until 2013.