Guide’s Pick: Layering for Fall Rock Climbing

The coalescence of mild temperatures, perfect friction, and the lack of bugs makes fall the best season for rock climbing in the Northeast. And, if you’re lucky enough to call the Gunks your home crag, like EMS’s New York Climbing School Manager Eric Waldron is, fall sending season can last into December. In fact, Eric, an AMGA Rock Instructor who has guided in the Gunks for Eastern Mountain...

Guide’s Picks: Choosing the Proper Ice Axe

"I hate winter," "I hate snow," and "I hate ice" are commonly heard phrases throughout the Northeast during the winter months, but not from our guides at the Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School. In fact, for many of them, this is prime climbing season, and whether they’re scaling the popular Lion Head route on Mount Washington or the famed steep ice of Frankenstein Cliff, they’re sure to...

Guide’s Pick: Best Adirondack Ice Climbing Destinations

Winter is finally in full swing here in the Northeast, with the mercury hanging well below that magical 32-degree line in many places. And, that can only mean one thing: ice! Whether you’re a seasoned ice climber or a beginner just looking to get that first taste of vertical water, Lake Placid and the Adirondacks are home to some of the United States’ best and most accessible ice climbing...

Guide’s Pick: What’s in my Avalanche-Ready Pack?

As the largest provider of avalanche training in the Northeast, the EMS Climbing School knows a thing or two about traveling in avy terrain. EMS guide Mike Lackman, an AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide and AIARE Level 1 instructor, was nice enough to share what he carries while teaching an AIARE class. Guide: MIKE LACKMAN School: NORTH CONWAY Specialty: AIARE, CLIMBING Before we get started,...

Guide’s Picks: Choosing the Right Base Layers

For success in the outdoors, having a good base is one of the most important qualities to possess. Whether your focus is fitness, knowledge, or experience, you can’t expect to advance in your discipline or achieve big goals without having a solid foundation to build upon. Like everything else in the mountains, having the right base layer when it comes to dressing for the outdoors is also...

Guide’s Picks: Connecticut Climbing

As the East Coast's oldest climbing school, the EMS Climbing School has been guiding clients up the Northeast's classic spots and providing technical instruction to those looking to hone their skills since 1968. Although sending Whitehorse slabs, cruising Cathedral cracks, and rocking over roofs in the Gunks out of our North Conway and New Paltz locations are the first thoughts that spring to...

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→ Find out what stories we're looking for today.  The northeast forged our heritage. What we sell, the gear we make, the values we cherish, who we are: all of it comes from experiences among granite, spruce, birch, mud, mosquitoes and friends. No, the wild, tree-flanked summits may not be as high and the enclosed trails are poorly trodden, but they’re what we call home. Our home. These...