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GJ Week In Review: Gander Outdoors, Bomb Cyclone, LASIK

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A recap of top stories for the week of Dec. 31, 2017–Jan. 6, 2018.

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1) Canyoneers Share Claustrophobic New Year’s Tradition

Full-body squeezes, water up to your neck, no turning back: This is canyoneering. The film, One-Trick Pony, tells the story of the community that descends the icy slot canyons year after year.

2) Brompton Recalls More Than 8,000 Folding Bikes

Brompton’s folding bikes may have a faulty bottom bracket that can break during use.

3) Montana Warns Wyoming Elk Feeding Could Spread ‘Catastrophic Disease’

After the first case of Chronic Wasting Disease was reported in November, Montana wants to proactively avoid “a catastrophic disease event.”

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4) Polish Climbing Team Attempts First K2 Winter Ascent

This January, a veteran Polish team will try and make history by scaling one of the world’s most dangerous mountains during the worst season of the year.

5) Digital Screens Are Coming to Your Chairlift

With the installation of flat screens in five chairlift restraining bars at Winter Park, the digital era has been further integrated into skiing.

6) ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Is Sharknado of Snowstorms

As a “bomb cyclone” moves toward the east coast, news coverage will encourage you to panic. Maybe just grab a shovel and some warm clothes instead.

bomb cyclone map

7) My Best Outdoors ‘Gear’ Investment Yet? LASIK

Corrective eye surgery changed the way I play outdoors. LASIK removed one of the more arduous elements of camping, hiking, mountaineering, and hunting.

8) 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 deals from REI, Gerber, Patagonia, Smartwool, and more.

9) Reality TV: Steve-O, Chuck Liddell, & Motley Celebs Climb 20,000 Foot Peak

The latest ‘celebrities in the wild’ TV show appears to be anything but expected. Ultimate Expedition premieres January 17 on Youtube Red.

10) Gnarliest MTB Trail in the World? Hint: It’s Really Steep

This POV video of a steep white-knuckle trail will make your palms sweat. Thankfully this nervous mountain biker was brave enough to get it on video.

11) Gander Outdoors to Open Dozens of Stores Nationwide

Gander Outdoors owner Marcus Lemonis took to Facebook to announce the “rapid opening” of dozens of new shops across the United States.

12) Tow Your Kids While Cross-Country Skiing: Pulk 101

Go Nordic skiing with a baby in tow. We bought a pulk, a sled for pulling gear (or child) behind you while you travel over the snow.

cross country skiing with children and pulk

13) Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week

Our weekly peek at emerging products examines the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.

14) Meet Your New Hobby: Alpine Ice Skating

What’s a die-hard skier to do when the peaks are bare and the temps remain bone-chilling? Consider alpine ice skating, a great hobby for snow-free frozen lakes.

15) No Bird Included: This Falconry Set Costs $120K

Stop killing rodents the old-fashioned way. This year, do it in style with a blinged-out falcon.

16) New World Record: Watch 1,393.7-Foot Rope Jump

Watch as Carlos Muñoz attempts to set the world record for rope jumping.

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