August 10, 2020: Outdoor Industry News

Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

How to build diversity in camping: Start by taking a hard look at access (or lack thereof) to gear. [Los Angeles Times]

Climbing in China: American climber Mike Dobie has been trying to promote his sport in China for years. Recent anti-Chinese sentiment, fueled by the Trump administration, is complicating things. [Outside Online]

Shortage of outdoor gear: Another story of demand outpacing supply has cropped up, this time in Sonoma County, California. [Sonoma Index-Tribune]

Colorado gear shop closes new location: The short-lived second location of Vital Outdoors, which opened in Denver in March, has shut its doors. [BusinessDen]

Seven people cited at Crater Lake: A group of visitors illegally entered the caldera at Crater Lake National Park late last week. [KPIC]

Climbing chalk can kill coronavirus: Research has shown that 80 percent ethanol liquid chalk can destroy the virus on surfaces. [Climbing]

The best of SNEWS: Top stories we’ve published recently

The shady world of pro deals: Originally published in the Summer 2020 issue of The Voice, we went undercover to investigate what some have called the “complete farce” of pro deals.

NPS acting director retires: The de facto head of the National Park Service left his post abruptly last week.