Access Fund Reaches $1m in Second Round of 2013 Grants

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access fundBoulder, Colo.- The Access Fund awarded more than $1 million in Climbing Preservation Grants to local organizations, climbers and public agencies. The Climbing Preservation Grant program awards up to $40,000 annually to local climbing communities focused on preserving or enhancing climbing access. 

OIWC Launches Mentorship Program

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OIWC-logo mediumBoulder, Colo. – The Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition (OIWC) has started a pilot run of a new mentoring program that will debut in full in 2014. The pilot phase, which runs through the end of 2013, matches five women with C-and VP-level women to share leadership experience and advice.

National Trails Fund Awards Eight Grants

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Silver Springs, Md., - Eight members of the Alliance of Hiking Organizations received funding for a variety of projects through the National Trails Fund’s annual grant program. These grants range from $500 to 5,000 per project and fund work to clear and link existing trails, create new trail systems and repair boardwalks. Other work funded in these grants includes sign installation and safety information distribution, to make trails safer for hikers. Grants are funded by charter sponsors L.L. Bean, Mountain Safety Research (MSR) and Therm-A- Rest.

The grantees are:

• Friends of Sloppy Floyd State Park in Summerville, Ga.
• Friends of Stroud Open Space and Recreation in East Stroudsburg, Penn.,
• Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC
• Friends of Van Cortlandt Park in Bronx, NY
• Girdwood, Inc. in Girdwood, Alaska
• Hui Aloha Kiholo in Kamuela, Hawaii
• International Wildlife Refuge Alliance in Grosse Ile, Mich., and
• Northeast Arkansas Master Naturalists in Jonesboro, Ark.

Chaco Raises Thousands for the Conservation Alliance

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Rockford, Mich.,- In its fourth annual flip sale, footwear company, Chaco, raised more than $7,000 for the Conservation Alliance, which provides funding for community campaigns to protect North American wildlife habitats that are threatened as well as areas for outdoor enthusiasts to explore. In the past four years, these flip sales have raised more than $40,000 to support the mission of the Conservation Alliance.

Nick Cienski will take Cocona technology to the 14 Tallest Peaks in 2014

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Nick Cienski MISSION14 Boulder, Colo.— When Nick Cienski sets off to climb the 14 tallest peaks on the planet, he will be wearing Cocona fabric technology. Cienski is attempting to scale the peaks in two years – five years and 10 months faster than the current record. His attempt begins in January 2014, to bring awareness to the issues of child poverty and human trafficking and to raise funds to fight those issues through his charitable foundation, Mission 14.

Cienski has designed all of the clothing he will wear, and every layer, from foundation to outerwear, will include Cocona technology.

Marmot Athlete Embarks on Climbing Tour to Benefit Global Cause

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Paige-Claassen-encadena-To-Bolt-or-Not-to-Be-8b-2Rohnert Park, Calif. – At just 23 years of age, Marmot athlete Paige Claassen—a professional rock climber who at a very young age has already established herself as a top sport climbing athlete—will be taking her skillset across the globe to bring awareness to the issue of abuse and exploitation of women and children.

One Step Closer to Mainstreet Fairness

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Mainstreet Fairness Act Passes SenateThe Mainstreet Fairness Act has officially passed the Senate by a binding vote of 69-27. The next stop for the bill is the House of Representatives. The prospective legislation is designed to level the playing field for brick and mortar stores and prevent large online retailers from dodging state sales tax.

International Sports Businesses Work Together Against Product Counterfeiting

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customs find counterfiet products webProduct counterfeiting is a salient issue in the outdoor industry affecting many manufacturers. A memorandum of understanding was signed last Apr. 25 during the 7th Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting in Istanbul. It was signed by Kunio Mikuriya, secretary general of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Frank Dassler, president of the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (Fesi), André Raduan, executive director of the Brazilian Sporting Goods Industry Association (MOVE) and Vyacheslav Strashinov, president of the Russian Association of Sports Industry Enterprises (RASIE).

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