Editor's Note: This story was originally published in August 2018 and is being resurfaced as one of the most read articles of the year.
Could Walmart eventually be a formidable competitor to other outdoor retailers? Flickr photo.
Walmart continues to expand their horizons, most notably with their recent launch of an online outdoor gear store. According to the retailer’s website, the move was made after acquiring Moosejaw, an online outdoor gear retailer with several retail locations across the country. Moosejaw is thrilled to be joining forces with Walmart. Ultimately, they believe that the move will help take their business to the next level. Now they’re able to offer services like free two-day shipping, upgrade their website, and expand their reach to Walmart customers. Through this new store, they’re planning to step up their game by offering a new line of high-end gear from brands like First Ascent by Eddie Bauer, Gramicci, Jack Wolfskin, KLYMIT, LEKI, Stonewear and Tentsile.
A screenshot of Walmart’s Store before they pulled Black Diamond products. Mike Mozart Flickr photo.
Despite Moosejaw’s excitement, Walmart’s new store has already received backlash, particularly from Black Diamond (BD). The outdoor gear brand wasn’t too keen on Walmart using photos of its products on the new site and has issued a cease and desist letter to immediately pull them down. “We did not see or approve the statement which Walmart released Monday and have never sold to Walmart,” stated John Walbrecht, Black Diamond’s president in a press release from the company. “Black Diamond remains committed to our specialty retail partners and we do not plan on deviating from this strategy.”
Initially, the site had prominently featured Black Diamond’s products but has quickly removed any trace of them. Regardless of the snafu, the retailer still has a significant selection of brands to shop from.
The slide connected multiple paths and took out "hundreds if not thousands of trees." Colorado Avalanche Information Center photo and quote. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting that a massive slide in the mountains outside Aspen released naturally on Saturday, March 9. The avalanche's crown was around a mile wide and ran over 3000 feet, damaging an unoccupied home in the valley below. Related: Colorado's Red Mountain Pass to Close Indefinitely Because of Avalanches
Now avalanches aren’t the only thing you need to consider when heading to the backcountry, add grizzly bears to that list. Despite an incredible winter, with the most snowfall we’ve ever seen in Jackson during the month of February alone, bears are out and ready to eat. According to Buckrail, the first grizzly of 2019 was spotted on March 8th between Canyon Village and Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone National Park. Additionally, Grizzly tracks were found between Mammoth Hot Springs and
Many ski areas offer night-skiing under floodlights, but how many offer private night-skiing tours using headlamps? As far as we know, Big Sky is the only area in North America with such a program. Groups of seven plus a guide are equipped with 2,100 lumen headlamps and sent up the new Ramcharger 8-pack chairlift for two hours of serene skiing under the stars. Related: Copper Announces New Experts-Only Lift It's pretty affordable in the grand scheme of guided skiing as well, costing