Adventures in South Africa

Colette and I were having a reoccurring conversation as we drove back from last winter’s Salt Lake City based tradeshow. “We HAVE to get to South Africa” Colette chimed from the passenger side. “Of course,” I remarked half paying attention as I check my cell for incoming emails, texts... Read More ››

Phantastic Photo of the Moment

If Patrick Chambatu’s awesome smile alone doesn’t brighten your day, perhaps his job title will. According to our friends at Honey Stinger (makers of some of the tastiest, all-natural energy food I’ve ever eaten) Patrick is the Chimp Handler at the Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in the Copperbelt Province of... Read More ››

Customer Spotlight: Touring Ancient Egypt with a 10+ year-old EMS Daypack

There’s nothing we like more than hearing stories from happy customers doing big things with our gear. Last week our customer service team got an email from “JJ Justice” with some particularly awesome photos that we just had to share. Egypt isn’t the only exotic location JJ has taken... Read More ››

Camping Gear – Then & Now

At Eastern Mountain Sports, we’re as obsessed with the latest and greatest outdoor innovations as anyone. If it makes you faster, lighter, and more comfortable in adverse weather conditions, we love it unconditionally. In fact, the only thing we love more than the sight, smell, and performance of brand... Read More ››

Kayak Taxi

During our weekend-long festivities at Adventures NYC, some of our people got together with a few of our vendors for meetings, networking and a little kayaking on the Hudson River. Seeing as he had a plane to catch out of Newark Airport, Osprey CEO Tom Barney was understandably hesitant about... Read More ››

Camp Oh-Neh-Tah, Week One: Complete!

Man, this mountain weather is something else! I just walked in from a rainstorm (after a full day of sun and clear skies) to update you guys on what you’ve been missing out on. Before camp kicked off this week, we got in one last hike as a staff... Read More ››

For the love of Laird

OK. So, I promised Luke Foley and Joe Sherlock from the Eastern Mountain Sports Kayak School that I would write a post about the great day they had stand-up paddleboarding with surfing legend Laird Hamilton. Truth be told, I’d never heard of Laird Hamilton. I grew up in New... Read More ››

Beating the heat on Lake Umbagog

Beating the heat on Lake Umbagog

I am largely a three season hiker…probably not in the typical sense of the word though.  My hiking season begins in early fall, and continues right through spring when the leaves fill out on the trees.  Definitely including winter.  Rarely in summer.  I just don’t deal with the heat... Read More ››

Climbing in the 2020 Olympics: What’s your take?

Climbing in the 2020 Olympics: What’s your take?

Two days after Independence Day, the sport of rock climbing received some explosive news of its own from the International Olympic Committee: http://pressbox.teamusa.org/Pages/CLIMBING–Sport-Climbing-makes-the-IOC-Short-List.aspx That’s right. There is now a 1 in 8 chance that the elite climbers you read about in magazines like Rock and Ice, Climbing and Urban... Read More ››

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