Trey Thomas rides Bennett Gap in Pisgah National / photo by Joe Hoeper  Industry Nine’s long and winding path to success   When Clint Spiegel graduated college and returned to Asheville to work in his family’s Turnamics, Inc. machine shop, the facility was ramping up production for mountain bike suspension company RockShox. In a few…

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The Outdoor Industry ADDRESSES widespread carcinogenic compounds in its products  While many fans of the outdoors have been practicing Leave No Trace principles since before the non-profit was founded, they might be surprised and disappointed to learn how much of their favorite gear leaves trace amounts of perfluorocarbons (PFCs) that will remain in the environment…

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Meet Seth Alvo, founder of Seth’s Bike Hacks – one of the most popular mountain bike channels in the world If you’ve ever searched for mountain biking videos on YouTube, you’ve seen the work of Seth Alvo. Today, the creator of Seth’s Bike Hacks has a following of more than 1.1 million subscribers, making his…

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An Appalachian Trail thru-hike is an incubator for several business pioneers in Southern Appalachia Famous thinkers throughout history have touted the benefits walking can have on our ability to think creatively, from Aristotle and the Peripatetics (literally, “one who walks about”) to Henry David Thoreau. German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche even went so far as to…

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