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SNEWS best outdoor reads from around the web

Find out which beautiful city has the unhappiest workers and what's one of the best outdoor activities for families.


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What did the SNEWS team read this week that other industry insiders might find interesting? Read on to find out!

  • The SNEWS team was saddened to read about a fellow Coloradoan who was among the mountaineers killed during a recent attempt to summit Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. According to this Denver Post story, Eric Nourse chose the riskiest route and died from complications due to altitude sickness. Nourse’s twin brother, Greg, survived but their friend, David Reinhart, also died.
  • At Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, retailers will get a chance to see what it takes to start an ecommerce site and how to improve the ones they’ve already established with a workshop presented by Matt Winn, social media manager for Volusion. It seems like retailers are more open to establishing ecommerce sites and improving the ones they have. Wicked Gear and Camping recently opened up its online store, which we read about in this story.
  • We are pretty happy people, so we were a little shocked to read in Forbes that other folks who work in Boulder, Colo. weren’t as optimistic as we were. According to this story, Boulder, was the top-ranked “unhappiest city” to work in. Not from where we’re sitting.
  • The Boulder Daily Camera has a feature called “15-Second Pitch,” which gives small businesses the chance to tell readers what it’s all about. A recent 15-Second Pitch caught our eye: that of Seasoned Outdoor Exchange, an outdoor equipment shop that has new and used equipment for sale. 
  • To be honest, we didn’t really know what horn sledging was. Then we watched this video on the Guardian’s website that features an annual horn-sledging competition in Germany. It looks kind of scary to us, but the folks in the video still look like they’re having a good time complete with smiles and beer drinking.
  • We can’t really say that our hobbies save lives, but the folks who volunteer with Mountain Rescue, the largest volunteer-run charity in Britain, can. This Telegraph story said there are more than 50 teams comprised of about 2,500 volunteers that make up the Mountain Rescue family. The volunteers generally called out to rescue walkers, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts who find themselves in an emergency situation.
  • Obviously the drought had a significant impact on outdoor recreation in 2012. For one thing, the dry conditions made for tons of wildfires that closed of some of our favorite outdoor spots for weeks at a time. Check out this Spokesman-Review article for more details on how the drought affected wildlife and outdoor recreation.
  • In an exchange we recently had on Twitter, we chatted up one of our followers who was stoked to have received their first pair of snowshoes during the holidays. We assured them they had hours and hours of tremendous fun ahead of them, as we ourselves love snowshoeing with our families. This story discusses how snowshoeing is a great activity to get outdoors with the family. Are you retailers experiencing any sort of surge in sales for snowshoes?
  • Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get your summer outdoor adventures on. This Las Vegas Review Journal story said that while most outdoor tour companies experience a slow period during the cold months, one called Forever Resorts doesn’t because it’s launched a Colorado River tour during the cold months.
  • So maybe all you Montana residents are wondering where to go to take all your awesome outdoor gear just received as presents over the holidays. If that’s the case, check out this Billings Gazette story on what books to buy, what websites to utilize and how to build the perfect outdoor adventures for families.

Have you read anything interesting you’d like to share with us? Send a link to the story to us and we’ll check it out.

–Compiled by Ana Trujillo