Gluten Free Adventure Travel Opportunities from EMSTrek

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The Eastern Mountain Sports travel department has teamed up with registered diatician and Celiac Disease specialist, Melinda Dennis, to develop fun and informative Gluten Free getaways in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and international trips to Costa Rica. Packages range from weekend hiking getaways to week long multi sport adventures and are meant to take the stress out of travel for those with the disease as well as to provide information on how to incorperate gluten free living easily into daily life.

The Trekking department at Eastern Mountain Sports, an adventure travel department which focuses on authentic and specialized active vacations, has acknowledged the difficulties of trip planning for people with wheat intolerance and has teamed up with Melinda Dennis, a registered dietitian specializing in Celiac Disease (Delete the Wheat Nutritional Counseling) to create a fun and informational weekend in the White Mountains of New Hampshire on June 27th-29th based on getting outside and living gluten free.

Participants will stay at the Cranmore Mountain Lodge, enjoying three days packed with informational lectures, fun and challenging hikes, and delicious gluten free meals and samples.

"Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease related to intolerance to gluten, affects over 2 million people in the US alone. Though awareness about this disease has grown and gluten-free products have increased in production, many people are unsure how to make lifestyle changes in a world based on wheat. Many suffers have difficulty planning trips and vacations because they must always take extra precaution to plan out how they will eat since many places don't offer a wide variety of gluten-free fare. "It can feel like a real struggle to eat outside the home and face cross contamination with gluten. Traveling adds an extra challenge," explains Dennis.

"It seems we all have friends or family members who can't eat wheat and have to take extra time to worry about meals," adds Katie Smith, manager of EMSTrek. "We wanted to take the worry out of vacation by providing completely gluten-free meals and add a little education with short lectures by Melinda Dennis after a day's activity."

Each day participants will enjoy prepared breakfasts featuring wheat-free pancakes, eggs, and other foods. Saturday and Sunday participants will hike up scenic ridge lines or skirt around thunderous waterfalls, enjoying the outdoors. Participants will maintain their energy with various snacks from companies such as Larabar and enjoy a gluten-free lunch at the summit as they gaze down on the Mt. Washington Valley from the top of a mountain. At night the hikers will be treated to a full gluten free dinner at Rafferty's Pub or pizza from the Flatbread Co. and lectures from Melinda Dennis on how to take charge of their diets, no matter where they are.

"I think these weekends are just a start of our wheat free offerings. We already have plans for a multi-sport trip to Costa Rica in the fall and we may expand into other areas in the US and include a variety of activities such as rock climbing or biking," asserts Smith.

For more information about the gluten free weekend with EMSTrek, please call 888-755-TREK or check out the website at http://www.emstrek.com.

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