October 13, 2011 0

Nor’Easter; Burlington, VT

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Great shot of the scene & stage

The 2011 Nor’Easter powered by Eastern Mountain Sports was just another step forward for NE2C, Eastern Mountain Sports, The North Face, all the incredible sponsors and most of all, our industry. It’s events like these that bring the power of competitive rock climbing to the main stage and sets a precedent for climbing as an Olympic sport. While the Olympics may not feature crazy disco lights and heart-pumping techno tracks, those crazy boys at NE2C have designed a format for our sport that can no longer move backward, but only forward.

 

Vasya Crushing

 

All the Winners

During the 3 days of sports, music and conservation, the festival in Burlington, Vermont featured 22 bands (including headliners RJD2 and G. Love & Special Sauce), both competitive and open rock climbing, a costumed funrun raising over $7000 for the Hurricane Irene Vermont Relief Fund, cyclocross, paddle boarding, kayaking, countless gear demos, a conservation village, clinics with pro athletes, incredible food and some of the most powerful and most fun people in our industry. This entire event taking place against the majestic backdrop of Lake Champlain.

While the weather caused mild turmoil, we did recognize we might have jinxed ourselves by naming it the “Nor’Easter” in the first place. Despite the humidity and sporadic showers, the energy never ceased and as the weekend went on, more and more people joined in the party and by Sunday it had become some sort of big, muddy New England jamboree.

The venue change this year really provided all attendees with an interactive perspective with multiple venues, incredible scenery, and the “Pearl Street of New England”, Church Street in downtown Burlington where an additional side stage featured bands throughout the weekend for free.

While I really enjoyed all the activities, performances and “things to do” while I was there, above all, my favorite part of this event was catching up with my far away friends over Thelma’s Fried Dough and a little Special Sauce.

Catch my behind the scenes video blogs and Louder Than Eleven’s sick highlight videos at http://vimeo.com/user924683

Until next year, this is guest Granit correspondent Aimee signing off. Keep it proper and we’ll see you in 2012.

Thanks for all the photos from Sebastian Carisio

 

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