Metolius, a leading manufacturer and designer of innovative climbing gear, has announced they will not attend Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City in opposition to Utah’s campaign to rescind Bears Ears National Monument. They join Arc’teryx, Patagonia, Polartec and a number of other companies who have backed out of the event. Some big brands, such as The North Face have insisted industry members attend (read more here). Metolius stated the below on their website.

As an Outdoor Retailer Legacy Partner, Metolius has attended every Outdoor Retailer show since its inception. However, Metolius will stand with Patagonia and Arc’teryx and not attend or support the show until it has the backing of a new host state.

“Metolius Climbing was founded by climbers, for climbers, and places like the Bears Ears National Monument and the affected climbing areas of Indian Creek, Valley of the Gods, Arch Canyon, and Lockhart Basin, among others, are vital to our passion and livelihood,” says Chip Miller, global sales director for Metolius. “We look forward to rejoining Outdoor Retailer once a host state has been found that values our sport. We encourage other climbing companies to join us in protecting this precious and irreplaceable resource.”

Founded in 1983 near the headwaters of the Metolius River, Metolius equipment was born out of respect for rock climbing. Metolius has since built a solid reputation as a leading designer and manufacturer of performance rock climbing equipment that is Safer by Design. Metolius has always focused on new and innovative rock climbing gear while ensuring the highest quality available.

They’ve built a strong reputation as an innovator in the design of cutting-edge rock climbing gear. Metolius is proud to be able to claim innovations in just about every category of rock climbing gear from traditional, sport, bouldering and big wall/technical alpine. Metolius also works to educate others to preserve the environment and the climbing lifestyle. For more information, visit www.metoliusclimbing.com.


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