EMSTrek Hires Local Guide Book Author to Plan Adirondack Adventures

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Eastern Mountain Sports' adventure travel department, EMSTrek has hired local guide book author, Spencer Morrissey to plan and guide wilderness adventures in the Adirondack High Peaks. Morrissey has lived in upstate New York since childhood and works at the Eastern Mountain Sports retail store in Lake Placid New York. In 2007 he decided to share his vast knowledge of the area by publishing a book, The Other 54, which highlights lesser known hikes in the High Peaks.

Eastern Mountain Sport's adventure travel department, EMSTrek, has enlisted the help of local area guide book author, Spencer Morrissey, to build multi-day adventure programs in New York's Adirondack High Peaks. EMSTrek has already created successful hiking, backpacking, and snowshoe trips in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and is planning to tap into Morrissey's extensive knowledge to provide similar trips out of the retail store in downtown Lake Placid.

Morrissey began climbing mountains in 1981, at the age of eight while growing up around Long Lake, NY. His hiking adventures have taken him through 16 states including most of New England and Washington state, where he summitted Mt. Rainier on July 27, 2006. Some of his other accomplishments include completing the ADK 46 in October '03 and the Adirondack 100 Highest in July '06. In 2004 Morrissey was certified as a New York State licensed guide.

In 2007 he published his first guide book to the area, The Other 54, which highlights hikes in the lower 54 of the Adirondack's 100 Highest Peaks. Morrissey's vast knowledge, collected from years of exploring his home region, lends itself to the detail of the book. "There are so many books written on the Adirondack 46ers, I thought this book would fill a gap and show that the Adirondacks has a lot more to explore," states Morrisey when asked about his book. He is currently working on another guide book which will highlight ponds and lakes in the region.

"Spencer is a great addition to our team," states EMSTrek manager Katie Smith. "He knows every local secret and his attention to detail is impeccable."

Morrissey has been busy developing backcountry courses to run through the summer and fall. Many of them are based at cabins a few miles into the wilderness, where there are miles of instantly accessible trails. These trips range from strenuous peak bagging efforts to more casual and introductory hikes.

This summer marks the second season for EMSTrek hiking trips in New Hampshire and the first season in the Adirondacks of New York, but it is already starting to look like a busy year. Details are in the works for additional activities, including cycling tours. For more information visit the EMSTrek website http://www.emstrek.com.

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