End of an Era

I remember Eastern Mountain Sports, EMS, back when it was at Martketplace Mall. My dad and sister went to gear up for their upcoming Adirondacks trip and I, the youngster, stomped up and down the small incline used to test out shoes. My first backpack was from there. I purchased it in fourth grade, a …

9 Things I Learned Working at a Gear Store

You don't really need all that stuff. From my perspective, gear store shoppers fall into three categories: dirtbags, stablizers, and over-the-mooners. I myself am a dirtbag. I am thrifty. I stretch my money and my gear as far as it will go. Duct tape for patches? You betcha. Breathable layers purchased at secondhand stores? Oooh …

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