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Join us at the Nor’easter festival, Sept. 23-25, 2011 in Burlington!

Posted on: July 1st, 2011 by Northeast Region

We are thrilled to be part of the annual Nor’easter Fest, a three-day outdoor sports and music festival produced by the talented crew at NE2C and Eastern Mountain Sports. Watch the U.S. Pro Climbing Tour, meet up with other AAC members for Burlington-area cragging, dress up with the AAC team for a costume race to raise money for flood victims, and listen to some killer live music…

Check out the details and purchase your tickets with these links.

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS: We need help staffing the AAC booth and the AAC-Mammut After-Parties on Friday and Saturday nights. Want to join the fun (and get a free festival pass)? Email Sarah Garlick to sign up for a 4-hour shift:

FRIDAY: 12 p.m.-4 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

SATURDAY: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 12 p.m.-4 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m.

SUNDAY: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

MEET UP AND GO CLIMBING: Want to check out the local Burlington climbing scene during the festival? Meet up with other AAC members at the AAC tent each morning at 9:00 a.m. and head out together to do some cragging—just make it back in time for the after parties!

There are three main climbing areas near Burlington:

Bolton – Located 30 minutes away this is a great place for top-roping (75′+ static recommended) at Lower West and some great leading at the Upper West cliff as well. A great selection of everything from 5.6 slabs to 5.11 overhanging cracks.

Smuggler’s Notch – Great bouldering in a beautiful mountainous setting. About 1 hour away. The New England Bouldering guide gives a good description of the area. I’d say if anyone want to make there way up there most problem benefit from multiple crash pads. 3 minimum to keep your options open.

Adirondack Park – The furthest drive at 1.5 hours, but well worth it for any die-hard trad climbers. The Chapel Pond Pass area has great single pitching mainly in the moderate 5.8 to super-hard range. Poke-O-Moonshine cliff is the other easy to access location with a ton of multipitch trad routes 5.8 and up.



The Nor’easter powered by Eastern Mountain Sports is the spiritual home of the active outdoor community. It’s a 3-day celebration of outdoor culture showcasing the sports we play, the music we listen, the food we eat, the beer we drink and the environmental issues that concern us. This year’s Nor’easter will sprawl out across Burlington with a Cyclocross race at North Beach, concerts and satellite events on Church St, and the festival Base Camp at Waterfront Park.

Human-powered sports are the cornerstone of the Nor’easter and there is participation for all levels of athletes from entry to elite. Eastern Mountain Sports Outdoor Schools will be there to give you tips and techniques on climbing, mountain biking and paddling. You can also kick back and watch the world’s top climbers compete in the official U.S. pro climbing tour or watch the always-exciting, fast paced UCI sanctioned Cyclocross race.

In between sports you can catch an eclectic lineup of bluegrass, rock and folk music across multiple stages and venues. This year’s lineup includes River City Extension, Vermont locals Aunt Martha and many, many more! G. Love & Special Sauce will be headlining the Nor’easter and rocking out tracks from his latest release “Fixin’ to Die”.


Mark your calendars for September 23-25 and make sure you come celebrate outdoor sports, music and conservation Nor’easter style!

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