This is Us, Too- refining, redefining Access

This ‘The Climbing Advocate’ podcast features voices of the new climbing community, and one old guy :-} Fundamentally changing our recruitment, retention and promotion practices (as an industry) will better serve our mission to protect America’s climbing, and the places we love (not to death!)

Kenji in the NY Times

Kenji gets the final word in an August 4 NYT article about how the pandemic has brought unprecedented demand for outdoor gear, disrupting supply chains across the greater outdoor recreation industries, including cycling, paddlesports, climbing gyms, and even trampolines. Read Full Article Here from August 4, 2020


It was 20 Years Ago, Today…

A tornado touched down in downtown Salt Lake City, UT and the Outdoor Retailer Show. The only tornado to be recorded to touch down in SLC city limits in history. Allen Crandy, professional booth builder from Las Vegas, was the sole fatality, with a dozen others critically injured. Here are comments from industry people who…


Ecotone Explorer- insights from around the edges

Events are all the rage these days. With the notable exception of the blockbuster failure of FyreFestival in 2017, Many new events are part of the ‘superbloom’ of successful events to consider participating in, filling in any last remnants of ‘slow season’ activity for retailers, media makers and brands in the outdoor industry. Many new…


Inclusivity Luncheon #16- Facing Adversity; Healing and Persevering Together

Are you interested in Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry? Are you wondering how you fit into the growing movement to diversify the outdoor user base? Do you feel like you want to increase your activism in this space? Want to build your network of DEI advocates already at work in the industry?…


FOJT provides near $10k for furloughed JTNP contract workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 21, 2019 MEDIA CONTACT: Kenji Haroutunian, 310-489-3281, Friends Of Joshua Tree Provides Grants to Furloughed Workers via Launch of Impact Relief Fund    Friends group gives $10,000 to furloughed contractors of Joshua Tree National Park JOSHUA TREE, CA – Continuing to support the community of Joshua Tree and the Park…


Upcoming Fall Events – Outdoor Rising

Just got off the phone with an L.A. Times reporter on the developments around Outdoor Recreation and access in California, and nationwide. I enjoy his writing, but my experience with editors is that they edit. A lot. And sometimes my words are moved around or misunderstood. This is one reason why events are important, and…