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Eastern Mountain Sports was born out of pure passion for outdoor adventure. It all started in 1967 when two Massachusetts rock climbers decided to do something about the lack of quality climbing gear in traditional sporting goods stores. Alan McDonough and Roger Furst opened a single store in Wellesley, MA, selling the climbing rope and harnesses they couldn't find anywhere else, along with a hand-picked selection of camping equipment that could be efficiently carried deep into the wilderness and trusted to perform.

As the customers came, so did the need for qualified climbing instruction for both beginner rock climbers looking to getting started, and experienced alpinists seeking new challenges. Less than a year after opening the first store, Alan and Roger started Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School in North Conway, NH - now the oldest climbing school in the East.

In 1979, Alan and Roger left to pursue new opportunities, but their "Do something" philosophy is an unshakable part of our culture. Today, Eastern Mountain Sports operates retail stores in 13 states. We've grown a lot, but we're still a local gear shop at heart. We make our buying decisions based on our own experiences in the outdoors as well as the comments and suggestions we receive from our customers.

Eastern Mountain Sports has never aspired to be the biggest outdoor retailer in the business, just the most trusted.

Your questions, ideas, and feedback are always welcome at 888-463-6367;, customerservice@ems.com;, Facebook, Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Peterborough;, and Twitter @EASTERNMNTN.

Eastern Mountain Sports Registration Number 57113
"57113" or "RN57113" refers to Eastern Mountain Sports' registration number. We place this number on many of our products such as apparel, tents, and sleeping bags. To find a specific product on our website, we suggest that you try typing the product's name or nine-digit SKU number into the search box found on most of this site's pages.

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All RIGHTS RESERVED. Any use of materials on this website—including modification, distribution, or reproduction—without the prior written permission of EMS is strictly prohibited.

Registered Trademarks
EMS®, EMS SystemIII®, Bergelene®, and Techwick® are registered trademarks of Eastern Mountain Sports. www.ems.com site and logos are trademarks of Eastern Mountain Sports.

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