Outdoor Research Matches Access Fund Donations

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Access FundSeattle, Wash. – Outdoor Research, the Seattle-based outdoor apparel, glove, hat and accessories brand, will match contributions (up to $10,000) made to the Access Fund.

The Access Fund is the national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. Founded in 1991, the Access Fund supports and represents over 2.3 million climbers nationwide in all forms of climbing: rock, ice, mountaineering, and bouldering.

Osprey Donates to Local Nonprofits

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osprey logoCortez, Colo.Osprey Packs' popular bi-annual Locals' Sale and Fundraiser has brought in $7,650 for several nonprofits near the pack brand's home of Cortez, Colo. The fall sale, which just wrapped up, raised $3,350 for the Four Corners Recycling Initiative.

Bangladesh Factory Inspections Reveal Numerous Safety Issues

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alliance factory worker imageThe Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, a watchdog group that VF Corp helped found, has shut down or partially closed 19 factories in the country due to safety concerns. The alliance will be compensating the 2,500 garment workers in those factories while repairs take place, and also loaning money to factory owners to help fund repairs. Owners who don’t upgrade their factories, including fixing major structural integrity problems, installing fire sprinklers and doors, and fixing faulty wiring, will lose the business of alliance members.

Eddie Bauer Spreads the Warmth with Coat Drive

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eddie bauer coatSeattle, Wash. — Eddie Bauer will be accepting coat donations in all of its retail and outlet stores, as part of a partnership with One Warm Coat, a national nonprofit agency that provides free coats to people in need. The drive will run from now until Nov. 2, and the brand will be accepting new and gently used coats in all 330 of its locations. People can also make a $5 donation to One Warm Coat by texting COLD to 80100. The charity was founded in 1992 and since then has distributed more than four million coats.

Responsible Down Standard Gains Supporters

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rds logoO’Donnell, Texas — A bevy of big names have announced their willingness to comply with the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), a new certification that aims to reduce mistreatment of ducks and geese that provide down for apparel and bedding. Products featuring RDS-certified down will be on shelves starting Fall 2015, while one of the RDS developers, The North Face, will transition to only using RDS down by 2017.

New Book Looks Into Drawing Minorities to the Outdoors

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james edward millsA new book from journalist and mountaineer James Edward Mills examines the historic and continued low rates of African-American and Hispanic participation in outdoor recreation. Titled The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors, it also highlights what Mills calls the “forgotten history” of minority participation and considers options to increase current interest.

Popular Virginia Climbing Spot Once Again Available to Public

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hidden valley cliff lineAbingdon, Va. — The Access Fund, working with the Carolina Climbers Coalition (CCC), have succeeded in opening a large portion of the Hidden Valley climbing area (also known as Abingdon) in southwest Virginia. The spot, which features hundreds of single-pitch sport, mixed and traditional climbs, was closed in 2004 due to vandalism, leading to management concerns for the private owners.

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