Eastern Mountain Sports Supports National Trails Day(R) Grassroots Events

American Hiking Society Forecasts One Million Enthusiasts for the 13th Annual


May 24, 2005, 01:00 ET from Eastern Mountain Sports

    PETERBOROUGH, N.H., May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Eastern Mountain Sports
 announced today that they are supporting the American Hiking Society by
 sponsoring numerous National Trails Day events on Saturday, June 4.  Focusing
 on grassroots support, 36 retail locations have committed to help maintain,
 clean and improve local trail systems.
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     "The American Hiking Society is proud to partner with Eastern Mountain
 Sports as we work together to celebrate our national and local trail systems,"
 noted Gregory Miller, President of American Hiking Society.  "As the active,
 outdoor lifestyle is a growing trend, and more people then ever are
 experiencing the physical benefits of trail-related activities, we're
 promoting an ongoing environmental commitment to ensure the trails remain a
 safe and user-friendly resource.  We strongly believe that a positive
 experience on the trail helps brighten the human spirit."
     In conjunction with this year's theme, "Take the Path to a Healthier You,"
 Eastern Mountain Sports will utilize their retail personnel and develop
 several grassroots trail activities to promote the celebration of a healthy
 lifestyle which can be achieved on the trail.
     According to the Outdoor Industry Association's 2004 U.S. Outdoor
 Recreation Participation Study, two-thirds of Americans 16 and older
 participated in at least one adventure sport in 2003.  As most adventure
 sports require accessible local trail systems, including hiking, climbing,
 biking, running, paddling and camping, this is a natural way local Eastern
 Mountain Sports retail locations can contribute to their community.
     "A common thread woven throughout Eastern Mountain Sports is the
 everlasting appreciation of the natural environment," said Will Manzer,
 Eastern Mountain Sports CEO and President.  "Whether partnering with national
 organizations such as the American Hiking Society or sustaining localized
 grassroots trail work through our retail stores, National Trails Day is a
 perfect opportunity to make a conscious effort and improve the trails and
     As a longstanding supporter and sponsor of National Trails Day, Eastern
 Mountain Sports is proud to notch their 12th year of support.  During the
 remainder of the year, Eastern Mountain Sports promotes awareness of the
 outdoors through multiple company-wide initiatives; including the Raise the
 Roof Tour, Stay Put - Stay Dry, Climbing and Kayaking Schools, Team Eastern
 Mountain Sports and numerous retail grassroots outdoor development programs.
     For more information on National Trails Day, please visit
 http://www.americanhiking.org and http://www.ems.com.
     Founded in 1967 by two New England rock climbers and based in
 Peterborough, NH, Eastern Mountain Sports is one of the nation's leading
 outfitters of serious outdoor gear, clothing, footwear and accessories with
 more than 80 retail stores across 16 states.
     Eastern Mountain Sports designs and sells products for outdoor adventurers
 who participate in sports such as backpacking, camping, hiking, adventure
 racing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, and snow sports.  Product and
 technology is tested by the Eastern Mountain Sports product development and
 quality assurance teams in conjunction with the Eastern Mountain Sports
 Climbing and Kayaking Schools across the country and in the company's backyard
 -- Mount Washington.
     To locate Eastern Mountain Sports stores and Climbing and Kayaking School
 locations, or for more information, call 1-888-INFO-EMS, or log on to
      American Hiking Society's National Trails Day(R) is the only nationwide
 trails celebration, bringing together thousands of outdoor enthusiasts to
 participate in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations,
 instructional workshops and trail work projects on the first Saturday of June.
 It also provides an opportunity to thank the volunteers, land managing
 agencies, and outdoor-minded businesses for their support in developing and
 maintaining trails.
     National Trails Day (NTD) brings greater awareness to trails, along with
 their many benefits and pleasures. Whether the event involves one trail or a
 variety of activities, NTD is a wonderful opportunity to introduce people to
 trails. Many new trail users become dedicated to trails and their preservation
 once they get out and learn about them and they realize the many volunteer and
 paid hours required for creating the trails.

SOURCE Eastern Mountain Sports