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A recap of top stories for the week of March. 4–10, 2018.

1) 2 Die in Tree Wells on Mt. Bachelor in Same Day

An “unthinkable” tragedy: Two people die in tree well accidents at Oregon’s Mt. Bachelor ski area. Officials called the powder ‘fluffy’ and ‘easy to ski.’ It brought thousands to the ski resort over the weekend. But those conditions also belied a very real danger: tree wells.

2) Tailgate of the Future: 2019 GMC Sierra 1500

GMC completely redesigned the Sierra 1500 for 2019 with one of the most advanced tailgates yet. Just unveiled in Detroit, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 presents a technically advanced, light-duty full-size truck.

3) Monday Bargains: 3 Steals to Start Your Week

Looking for great outdoor gear at an amazing price? Check out these discounts and sales from Patagonia, CamelBak, and Columbia Sportswear.

4) History Made: Dawn Wall Feature Film Teaser

The wait is almost over to see one of rock climbing’s most iconic ascents, the Dawn Wall, on the big screen. Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson star in the feature film, premiering at the South by Southwest festival March 11.

dawn wall feature film

5) ‘Electrospun’ Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket: Review

Outdoor Research packs stretch, weight savings, and comfort into its latest Interstellar Jacket. The key is an electrically spun waterproof-breathable membrane. We put the Interstellar to the test from Mexico to Alaska for this review.

6) 20-Year-Old Sues Dick’s, Walmart Over Age Restriction on Guns

Following Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart’s move to restrict firearm sales to customers 21 and over, a 20-year-old Oregon man is suing the retailers for “age discrimination.”

7) Horrifying Dive Video Shows Ocean Full of Trash

A diver at a popular dive site found heaps of trash floating in the current.

8) Chronic Wasting Disease Spreads to Mississippi

Chronic wasting disease is confirmed for the first time in Mississippi, and officials are trying to minimize the spread. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) announced the state’s first confirmed case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in a whitetail deer in Issaquena County last month.

9) E-MTB, Rooftop Tent Outfit Peugeot 4×4 Concept

Four-wheel drive, a roof-top tent, and an electric mountain bike: Peugeot’s Rifter concept has all the goodies for an off-road adventure.

10) DIY: Adventure-Worthy First-Aid Kit

Injuries occur when you least expect them in the backcountry. Be prepared with a minimal first aid kit.

11) Dog Owners: Carry Out Your Damn Poop Bags

It’s pretty simple: If you buy a dog, you buy all of the poop too. Throw that crap away and quit leaving colorful little doggy bombs on the trail for others to collect or step on.

12) Screaming Deals: Gear Savings of the Week

Our weekly column finds the best deals from across the web to save you money on outdoors gear. Check out the discount gear from Morakniv, Black Diamond, Salomon, Patagonia, and more.

13) Bipartisan Bill Proposes $18 Billion for National Parks

The proposed bill would leverage energy development on federal lands to address the National Park Service’s $11.6 billion maintenance backlog.

14) Best Running Shoes for Women 2018

Looking for the best women’s running shoes? We’ve tested the best shoes for road runners, trail runners, and barefoot runners of 2018. Plus, we’ve got a Buyer’s Guide with helpful tips for better shoe shopping.

15) Wrap Yourself in ‘Aluminum’ Tyvek From The North Face

A fully functional cape and respirator mask are the latest releases from The North Face. Launching at select stores in Berlin and London on March 9, the Black Series is a part of the The North Face’s fashion department.

The North Face Black Series

16) Elan Announces ‘Smart Ski’ to Track Your Turns

Elan claims skiers will get instant feedback from a ski embedded with sensors.

17) Climber Uses Wood 4×4 as Protection on Sketchy Route

When there was nowhere to put gear, Ben Bransby improvised by wedging a huge piece of wood for protection. Don’t worry, the board didn’t slip when he tested it before the send!

18) Friendship App ‘GirlCrew’ Unites Women in Adventure

The GirlCrew app helps women find female friends for kayaking, camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. (Or to just grab lunch around town!)

19) Woman Sets Speed Record Up Kilimanjaro

Danish athlete Kristina Schou Madsen scaled 5,895-meter Mount Kilimanjaro in 6 hours, 52 minutes, 54 seconds. Madsen set a new female fastest known time (FKT) on what was her first FKT attempt and first time up Kilimanjaro.

20) Thru-Hiker Shares ‘Dumbest Backpacking Mistakes’

Why make a mistake when you can learn from someone else? This thru-hiker shares her dumbest backpacking mistakes.

21) Supermarket Chain Launches Fire Sales of Hiking, Outdoor Gear

The German-based brand Lidl wants to equip outdoor adventurers for a lot less money. Its limited run of private-label boots, jackets, headlamps, and more shocked consumers with incredibly low prices.

22) NFL Player’s Quick Response Helps Save Hiker’s Life

Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey and a group of friends tended to a hiker after his 20-foot fall onto treacherous rocks.

23) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

From next-gen tech to ingenious innovation, our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

24) First 8-Seat Lift in North America Coming to Big Sky

The “Ramcharger 8” lift will whisk passengers uphill in comfort with heated seats and a blue bubble windscreen.

25) Drone Crash Ignites Wildfire in National Forest

More than 300 acres were left scorched after a drone caught fire in Arizona’s Coconino National Forest.

26) Five Badass Adventure Women You Should Know

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we’ve rounded up five adventurous, indefatigable, unstoppable women. Prepare to be inspired.

27) Yellowstone Bans Felt-Sole Wading Boots

Fly-fishing the nation’s first national park could cost you in fines this summer if you step in Yellowstone’s streams wearing felt soles.

28) Redington Sonic-Pro: Waders Fit for Women

Redington’s Sonic-Pro wader offers women anglers a durable workhorse for fishing and work in the water.

29) Amelia Boone Offers Raw Look Into Her First 100K

Accomplished obstacle racer Amelia Boone dives headfirst into ultramarathons with the Sean O’Brien 100K. This video gives an inside look into her journey to the starting line and follows her to the finish.

30) Ultra Runners Attempt Record on 870-Mile Himalaya Trail

With 19 days remaining to beat the 28-day record, Ryan Sandes and Ryno Griesel are racing through the cobbled-together network that is the Great Himalaya Trail.

31) Buick Regal TourX 2018 Review: King of the Mountain Town?

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX offers lots of cargo space, effective all-wheel-drive, and a sporty, turbocharged engine. But can the TourX compete with the mighty Subaru Outback?

32) Farewell VW Beetle (and Its Motorhome You Never Knew)

Volkswagen squashed the Beetle today. So we look back on the crazy ‘Bugaroo’ motorhome nobody bought into.

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