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By SauceBoss
May 10, 2012
Hello?

Im moving and I seriously cannot decide between Denver and Billings, Montana.
If I could decide, I wouldn't be on here asking random people their opinion. Hence, this post.

They both have drawbacks, so it's like choosing which child to leave at the rest stop.

If any one has any input about living in either locale, please hook me up with your wisdom or comments.

Thanks a bunch!

Mark


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By Monomaniac
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From Morrison, CO
May 10, 2012
Pulling a small roof at 2/3 height on Mission Impossible.  Adam Sanders photo.

If you haven't already, check out Kyle Vasillopoulis's guidebook. I've never climbed in MT but I was blown away by the potential detailed in the book.

Plus you would be located "near" a lot of sweet crags, like Ten Sleep, Spearfish, and all of the Lander Crags. If you're more into the trad/alpine stuff, its hard to beat the Tetons, Wind River Range, Black Hills, and Canadian Rockies.


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By SauceBoss
May 10, 2012
Hello?

@David: Hahahhaha!!! I live in Wyoming right now, so i'm comfortable with hicksville. Montana hickness is definitely different than Wyoming hickness, though.

@admin: thanks a lot! I will check it out. Hearing that makes Montana sound a lot better.


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By sqwirll
From Las Vegas
May 10, 2012
Cool snow formation at the base.

Monomaniac wrote:
If you haven't already, check out Kyle Vasillopoulis's guidebook.


Just be aware that everything in that book is 1-1/2 to 3 hours from Billings.

Billings would probably be the last place I'd live in Montana. It does have the Beartooths in it's backyard, which could make up for it.


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By Jeff Chrisler
From Boulder, CO
May 10, 2012

If you can't decide between two vastly different areas, then simply ask yourself...

1. Do you want a good job? If not, move to MT
2. Do you want a nightlife? If not, move to MT
3. Do you need/want a g/f? If not, move to MT

Both areas are great for climbing, but obviously one is busier


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By Evan S
From Erie, CO
May 10, 2012
Me, of course

Billings is like if you took just Commerce City and the bad parts of Arvada and put them farther away from climbing. Denver is cosmopolitan and has the ability to be mildly sophisticated, have you ever been to Montana?


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By MountainManny
From Idaho Springs
May 10, 2012
One Trad Ass Motherfucker

I work in downtown and don't live in Denver....a bad day is a 45minute one way commute....how close am I to tons of sick spots? Hella close!

Great jobs abound in Colorado.....a little pricey living in the Metro at the moment (the renting market is saturated with renters)...your buck goes a little farther if you stay out of the city (and resort towns).


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By shotgunnelson
May 10, 2012

Billings suuuuucccckkkssss


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By SauceBoss
May 10, 2012
Hello?

Jeff Chrisler wrote:
If you can't decide between two vastly different areas, then simply ask yourself... 1. Do you want a good job? If not, move to MT 2. Do you want a nightlife? If not, move to MT 3. Do you need/want a g/f? If not, move to MT Both areas are great for climbing, but obviously one is busier


Shit made my day!


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By SauceBoss
May 10, 2012
Hello?

And poontang is the last thing on my list of desired amenities. Proximity to uncrowded trad and alpine rock is high on the list. As is the ability to make skrillah. Denver just seems like such a shitshow some times. Billings means being poor, though.

Maybe I need some one to engage in some augury for me... if you know where to get goat entrails, let me know.


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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
May 10, 2012
Bocan

Mark Vincent wrote:
And poontang is the last thing on my list of desired amenities.


haha LAST??? You might suprise yourself. I have buddies that moved from Boulder to the mountains and then started regularly driving back to Boulder just for women. ANY women.


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By David A
From Broomfield, CO
May 10, 2012
Hanging out after climbing a route in Eldo on a cold day.

After living in Denver/Boulder metro area for almost 4 years, it's gotten way too big and crowded for me. The traffic, crowds, and general built-up-ness has really put me off. If I had your decision, I'd take Billings in a heartbeat. At least there you don't have to drive very far in order to really be in some nice rural country.


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By MountainManny
From Idaho Springs
May 10, 2012
One Trad Ass Motherfucker

If you like rural....hit up the Western Slope of Colorado....

Rifle is super epic...
It is less than 30minutes from Glenwood (more great locales)
Glenwood is about an hour from Aspen and Snowmass...
About an hour to Grand Junction, there is an airport in G.J., an REI and again super close to lots of routes....

For those who sound so "trapped" in Denver and the Metro....have you ventured out of the Front Range Canyons ever???? There is a shit ton more to Colorado than the Front Range....


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By SauceBoss
May 10, 2012
Hello?

Scott McMahon wrote:
haha LAST??? You might suprise yourself. I have buddies that moved from Boulder to the mountains and then started regularly driving back to Boulder just for women. ANY women.


haha!!

I would probably end up doing that regardless of where I lived, so that's not really something I'm worried about.


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By SauceBoss
May 10, 2012
Hello?

I think I'm making this shit way harder than it needs to be. Time for a coin toss!


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By SauceBoss
May 10, 2012
Hello?

Not to digress, but does any one know what the backcountry skiing potential looks like in the Beartooths? And I know there's ice in Cody, so that would cover the cold months if I couldn't find a winter squaw with whom to winter-over.


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By sqwirll
From Las Vegas
May 10, 2012
Cool snow formation at the base.

Mark Vincent wrote:
Not to digress, but does any one know what the backcountry skiing potential looks like in the Beartooths? And I know there's ice in Cody, so that would cover the cold months if I couldn't find a winter squaw with whom to winter-over.


I've skied in the Beartooths a bit. The Billing's side doesn't get as much snow as the Cooke City side. It seems that the peaks down by Cooke suck most of the moisture out. It's a long drive to Cooke in the winter. You can snowmobile over from the east, which I think is 9 miles or so.

Beartooth Pass offers awesome spring skiing once the pass opens. I'm not sure what the access or conditions are like in the winter though.

I've skied Whitetail Peak and Mount Wood, which are accessed from the Billings side of the range. The approaches tend to be quite lengthy though. The Whitetail Couloir is probably the sweetest line I've ever skied.

Whitetail Peak.
Whitetail Peak.




Whitetail Couloir.
Whitetail Couloir.


The Crazy Mountains also have a lot of options for spring skiing.


View from Crazy Peak.
View from Crazy Peak.


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By SauceBoss
May 10, 2012
Hello?

Wowza! Looks pretty good to me... we can get sleds if need be, so some approaches can be cut down, time -wise. Unless it's in a wilderness area, I suppose.


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By SauceBoss
May 10, 2012
Hello?

That couloir looks gangster as all get out!


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By Josh Kornish
May 10, 2012
The Roach

Montana as a whole has an incredible amount of potential. Especially in the Beartooths.

That said, I have never lived in Billings but I've been there quite a bit and it pretty much blows. Possibly consider Missoula or Bozeman?

There is actually a lot of climbing close to Billings but it's pretty hard to get info out of people.


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By todd w
May 10, 2012

Montana is not Kentucky.


Now apologize.


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By SauceBoss
May 11, 2012
Hello?

todd w wrote:
Montana is not Kentucky. Now apologize.



Awesome... sorry, Todd! People storing scrap cars and chain saws from 1972 in their front yards lead me to believe Id landed in Kentucky.


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By SauceBoss
May 11, 2012
Hello?

And I've lived in Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley in the past, and to be honest, did not like it at all. Especially the Valley. People there creeped me out to the max. We had endless drama and static down there because they knew we weren't "local." So Missoula south to Hamilton is not an option. Never again!


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By Jeff Chrisler
From Boulder, CO
May 11, 2012

Don't let people who say Denver and Boulder are a shit show detract you from moving here. In reality, it is far from most CA towns and far from anything in the DC/MD/VA area. To minimize your hatred of people and enjoy living around here, I'd highly suggest living close to town and employing a bike. Around this time every year as my blood pressure is rising two things happen... students move back to their parent's houses, and I start riding a bike as much as I can. This means relaxing traffic and less craziness when I hit Pearl Street. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the people a lot in Boulder, but around this time I am ready for living slower and enjoying a simple ride from to and fro.

Don't be detracted by the population increase in this area. Still awesome.


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By Kevin Kent
From Flagstaff, AZ
May 13, 2012

Mark Vincent wrote:
And I've lived in Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley in the past, and to be honest, did not like it at all. Especially the Valley. People there creeped me out to the max. We had endless drama and static down there because they knew we weren't "local." So Missoula south to Hamilton is not an option. Never again!


Did you make the mistake of living in Pinesdale?


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By SauceBoss
May 13, 2012
Hello?

Sure didn't. That's a real hot spot, though... we lived in Hamilton and outside Victor in the Sapphires.


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