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    Quote Originally Posted by Puma concolor View Post
    I’ve been an on online MooseJaw and Backcountry.com guy for the last 8 or 9 years. Great stuff at the right price.

    But I will always have an emotional attachment to EMS. The absolutely awesome 1990s version of Lake Placid EMS was where I got all of my initial awesome gear that got me on my way. Later on, in 2010, I took a three-day ice climbing/mountaineering course through that same Lake Placid EMS.

    Good times.
    Back in the 80's early 90's EMS in North Conway was the same. Joe Lentini ran the climbing school and it's setting in the Eastern Slopes Inn just had a magic to it.

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    College in the 80s meant a trip out to the Comm Ave EMS...

    Then running across the street to Wilderness House and then a trolley ride to North Station to check out the upper floors at Hiltons.

    I thought that EMS back in the day had some really smart product designs. Lots of gear in my stash bears their logo.
    - Dave (a.k.a. pinnah)

    " Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat." - John Lehman, US Secretary of the Navy 1981-1987

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    What's really interesting at the KTP is visiting the gun department and watching the guys checking out assault rifles.
    Yah theres the zero-dark-thirty department with night vision and laser optics but I think I recall seeing some high powered crossbows and threaded spear tips, no ninja stars tho.

    Honestly they carry some good quality gear along with the Coleman stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiguy View Post
    Going to EMS in those days was an adventure. Your probably as old as dirt like me and remember when Limmers sold tents and Optimus stoves. EMS had not landed yet but when they did that's when Limmers deciced to just sell boots.
    Forgot to reply a couple of weeks ago, but spot on about Limmer’s. In the late 1960’s when I was putting together my initial “kit,” to quote the Brits, Karl Sr and Francis sold me all kinds of gear that they snuck in with leather from Europe that they used for their boots. Bought my first Eidelrid 120-ft perlon rope, Optimus and Svea stoves, Grivel 10-point crampons (pre-front points), Charlet-Moseur north wall hammer, and lots more. I remember Francis told me that customs was oblivious and they passed along the duty savings to us dirt poor weekend warriors. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisB View Post
    What's really interesting at the KTP is visiting the gun department and watching the guys checking out assault rifles.
    They don't sell assault rifles at the KTP.

    Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maineguy View Post
    They don't sell assault rifles at the KTP.

    Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.
    Depends on who's definition you want to use to fit your argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshandBaron View Post
    Depends on who's definition you want to use to fit your argument.
    He is correct. All the assault rifles were arrested and are now doing hard time in a Maine prison. The rest of the firearms have been well behaved and left alone to just be guns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiguy View Post
    Nothing really quite compares to a company that started out with just a simple black and white newspaper like catalog and a warehouse like storefront in Bagota, NJ back in 1978 called Campmor. To think they even have a Website now is imaginable.
    Campmor is great, I was in there for a new pair of boots last month. It's only about a half hour from our cabin, but ya gotta remember that in that part of NJ everything is closed on Sundays.

    It was amusing when EMS opened a big store right next door to Campmor... it lasted about a year IIRC. Every time I walked over to EMS to comparison shop, I bought at Campmor.

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