The first annual Live, Love, Eat Mountain (a celebration of United Nations Mountain Day) was a huge success last night at the Wheeler!
We actually had to open the balcony the place was so packed. The reception started at 4:30 in the Wheeler Lobby, and food was provided by Pyramid Bistro (opening soon at Explore Booksellers). There was also food from other vendors in town, like organic juices and fresh soups.
After mingling in the lobby and talking with local environmental groups and vendors with a focus on sustainable products, attendees went to the theater to see a slideshow by National Geographic photographer Pete McBride and music by Paul MacFarlane. Then the group was wowed by a 20-minute movie featuring Nick DeVore on his tele-skiing/sustainability journey from Marble to Morocco. A panel discussion rounded out the night, with Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan, the City's Canary Initiative Director Lauren McDonell, energy activist Randy Udall and high-altitude farmer Jerome Ostenkowski. Add some giveaways (like Marmot tents), and you get happy people.Big-mountain skier Chris Davenport was our host for the evening.
We had a great time and a great turnout. We are hoping to make International Mountain Day a yearly celebration here in Aspen. Many thanks to all our sponsors for making this first annual celebration such a big success. (Marmot, Patagonia, Backbone Media, PolarTec, the Aspen Club and Spa and others.)
Missed the fun? We'll be airing the presentation on CGTV, Channel 11, here in Aspen. Call Sally at 920-5082 for more details.