A Celebration of Kayaking in Yonkers, NY

Since 1886, members of the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club have passionately worked to “encourage the growth of, and participation in, rowing and paddling sports.” In that spirit, the YPRC is kicking off a month-long celebration of kayaking kicks off tomorrow at the Yonkers Public Library. “Kayaking on the Hudson”... Read More ››

Action Needed: Save Safe Routes to School

Beth Richards, a contributor to this blog and friend of Eastern Mountain Sports sent me an urgent email about the proposed Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act and the very real threat it poses to the Safe Routes to School Program. Safe Routes to School is a national program that’s... Read More ››

Exploring a Trail Dames Tradition

Exploring a Trail Dames Tradition

What do you get when you combine the following assortment of items:   a wintry day in January; a section of the Appalachian Trail along the crest of a ridge in Maryland; twenty women bearing daypacks; a rustic wooden shelter with a spacious deck (plus a stunning view of the... Read More ››

Travels with Jacey… birding on the coast!

Travels with Jacey… birding on the coast!

On a typical winter weekend, we head to Mad River Glen for skiing. One or two days a winter, though, we take the day to go birdwatching on the coast of NH. You see, there are a lot of cool birds that come in close to the coast during... Read More ››

Power Struggle Over The Powerlinez

Palisades Interstate Parks Commission (PIPC) has recently announced that the area adjacent to Harriman State Park in Rockland County, New York will be closed off to climbers after a town meeting in January. Chris Ingui of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference attended the meeting, reporting that climbers caught... Read More ››

A Humble Sacrifice From a Desperate Man…

A Humble Sacrifice From a Desperate Man…

Two days ago Paul Leonard, the dude responsible for all our sweet EMS tents, packs, and sleeping bags, approached me with a ridiculous concept.  While standing in the Peterborough store, looking at Tele bindings, dreaming of backcountry freshies, Paul looked my way and asked, “Ben, do you think it... Read More ››

Catskill Ice: An Ideal Locale for First Time Climbers

Catskill Ice: An Ideal Locale for First Time Climbers

The Catskills, located just 2 hours north of downtown Manhattan, is one of the best ice climbing areas in the Northeast. Well-known by downhills skiers, hikers and leaf-peepers, it also hosts an array of secluded ice crags and multi-tiered frozen waterfalls, many of them roadside accessible. While New York enjoyed a balmy December... Read More ››

Customer profile: POUNDERS

Customer profile: POUNDERS

Earlier this month we partnered with our friends at Polartec to host a photo contest on our Facebook page. The winner of a $500 gift card to use on Polartec gear was determined by popular vote and of the more than 240 photos that were submitted, the photo below... Read More ››

Staff in Action: Lake Placid Ice Climb Trip

Staff in Action: Lake Placid Ice Climb Trip

Here at Eastern Mountain Sports, some of our most valuable perks of full-time employment are the free lessons we get with the Eastern Mountain Sports Schools. Last week Erik Schue, Bill Dutton, and Andy Seligmann from our Lake Placid store came out for a day of ice climbing at Pitchoff... Read More ››

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