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Nor' Easter - Phillip Schaal

 
Nor' Easter - Phillip Schaal
Nor' Easter - Phillip Schaal
Nor' Easter - Phillip Schaal
Nor' Easter - Phillip Schaal
 
September 27, 2011 - 
 

Going back to the east coast is always a fun time for me.  Since I grew up there I get a special feeling every time I’m back.  This year’s Nor’easter was held in Burlington Vermont, which is one of my favorite cities.  It’s a huge college town right next to Lake Champlain.  In addition to being in a great location Burlington also has some great bars and restaurants.  But I didn't travel all the way just to eat and drink.  I went to climb.

 


This was my first year going to a Nor’easter event.  I was very pleased with how everything went.  The bouldering comp was great, not that i climbed well.  I ended up in 14th place.  Kind of a bummer but sometimes you “show up” and sometimes you don’t.  

The first day of qualifiers went well.  The weather was a bit steamy but ok.  I had a great time on some great problems that day.  The next day the weather took a turn for the worse.  Semi-finals were canceled and a threat of finals being canceled as well.  Then after some serious talk a new plan was formed.  The finals were going to happen but now everyone from semis would be in the final round.  We all met back up at 3pm and a funny thing started to happen.  The sun came out!

The finals problems were very hard on me and I ended up not completing a signal one.  I was very disappointed but that only lasted for a minute or so.  With so many familiar faces and friends around its hard to stay bummed for long.

Later that night we all gathered around down town for a night out.  which was extremely fun.  Even though I didn’t have the best climbing days i still enjoyed myself very much and hope to go back next year.

 

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