Austin Adventures Sponsors Facebook Photo Contest With New Retail Partner, Eastern Mountain Sports


“Most Adventurous Moment” Photo Will Earn One Photographer  a Weeklong Trip for Two to Montana Rockies

Billings, MT, Dec. 4, 2012– Award-winning tour operator Austin Adventures (ALA -, the active tour company setting adventure travel standards in The Americas, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, is co-hosting a Facebook photo contest with its new (as of August 2012) exclusive retail partner, Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS).

Launching Dec. 5, 2012, the “Your Most Adventurous Moment Photo Contest” will celebrate the spirit of adventure travel. Adventurers are invited to upload to the EMS Facebook Page, photos that capture the excitement of visiting new places, meeting new people and trying new things. The winner (based on the total number of votes received from the EMS Facebook community) gets a trip for two to the Montana Rockies with Austin Adventures. For trip details please see

The contest begins Dec. 5 and photos can be submitted until Dec. 17, 2012. A panel of ALA and EMS judges will choose 50 finalists based upon the photos’ beauty and overall appeal to EMS customers. Facebook votes can be posted beginning Dec. 17 until midnight on Dec. 23. To enter, contestants can upload photos to the Eastern Mountain Sports Facebook page The winning entry will be revealed just in time for Christmas.

The contest was announced by ALA’s founding director Dan Austin and EMS.

“At Eastern Mountain Sports, we’re all about inspiring our people to get outside, challenge themselves and have new experiences,” Eastern Mountain Sports Vice President of eCommerce Scott Barrett explained. “Our new partnership with Austin Adventures makes it easier for our customer to do all those things and this photo contest is the perfect way to celebrate that.”  

“This new preferred partner relationship brings together two companies whose respective clientele expect only the best in quality and service,” said Austin. “Clients of both companies will benefit from the alliance as EMS refers customers to ALA for their active adventure tour needs and Austin Adventures in turn, directs tour participants to EMS for fulfillment of apparel and equipment needs.”

About Eastern Mountain Sports

Founded in 1967 by two New England rock climbers and based in Peterborough, N.H., Eastern Mountain Sports is one of the nation’s leading outfitters of outdoor gear, clothing, footwear and accessories with 69 retail stores in 12 states.  The Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School was started in 1968, and currently has four major locations and seven satellite locations throughout the East, making it the oldest and largest climbing school in the eastern U.S. More information is available at

About Austin Adventures

Austin Adventures, with a 40-year legacy, provides adventure vacations on six continents building an international reputation for small group active travel to destinations in The Americas, Europe, the Pacific Rim, Africa and (new for 2013) Antarctica. The company specializes in adult and family multi-sport, hiking, and biking vacations that emphasize history, culture and nature’s charms.  Small group trips feature exceptional regional dining, distinctive accommodations and all-inclusive rates and services. In addition to scheduled group departures, ALA offers customized trip planning and a money-back satisfaction guarantee.

In the September 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure, ALA was ranked the #1 Family Tour Operator in the World; in March 2012 the magazine awarded ALA the 2012 World’s Best Values Award for Tour Operators.  ALA has also received Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator Award (a Top 3 finisher) for four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. In 2011 the company was honored with the Global Vision Award for its Wheels of Change bicycle empowerment initiative. For a comprehensive 2013 catalog, call toll-free 1.800.575.1540, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. To review current trips, schedules and itineraries log onto:

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