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By bryant
Dec 6, 2011
climbing on the greenbelt

Recently moved to Austin, TX from the east coast. Picked up sport climbing while here, and love it, but my heart needs the ocean grandeur again! So, I need help picking out an area on the California coast to live. Moving in July 2012, already have a job online so that's covered.

I'm a descent surfer and climbing ability is at a 5.10c - 5.11a sport after 3 months, advancing nicely. Ideally my new home would be within 15 - 30 min of both sport routes and surfing. Clearly the town having good food and a music scene would be a plus but not my focus.

I'll be visiting basically whatever locations are suggested in February to check 'em out. Thanks in advance to whoever helps out!

/ Bryant


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By Tyler Smith
From Buena Park
Dec 6, 2011
Walking through Echo Cove looking for a good climb.

Look for housing near this location.
mountainproject.com/v/santa-monica-mountains/105825725


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By Colin Simon
From Boulder, CO
Dec 6, 2011
Just below Thunderbolt Peak

Santa Cruz is of course a surfing mecca.

Castle Rock State Park is nearby - it has a little bit of sport climbing and a bunch of good bouldering on coastal sandstone. Fun stuff, but the park may close soon due to budget shortfalls in the state govt.

There isn't much else in Norcal at least that's close to the coast and has good climbing nearby. The plus side of anywhere in the bay area is that there's a bunch of great sport climbing in the sierra foothills 3 hours away, and Yosemite is only 4 hours.

You may have better luck in SoCal. And you wouldn't have to wear a wetsuit.


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By Joseph Stover
From Batesville, AR
Dec 6, 2011

Explore the possibility of trad climbing... With Jtree (my personal favorite), red rock canyon, yosemite, and many other world class areas nearby (many of which I haven't been too), it will open a whole new world of climbing to you.

I learned sport and bouldering in Austin as well.

If you have questions about Santa Barbara, I may be able to offer some help (been here two years).


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By garrett greene
Dec 8, 2011

I'm in santa barbara and for a wide variety of rock its hard to beat it. The rock isnt amazing but there are tons of crags within 30min surfing within 15 and destination climbing within a days drive. I'm lovin it here. I just moved back from San Antonio about 3 months ago...Not gonna lie kind of missing diving for rocks haha
Best of luck.


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By bergbryce
From South Lake Tahoe, CA
Dec 8, 2011

San Diego should be high on your list, or Santa Barbara.
It would be a shame to move to California and only sport climb, imho. Trying to think of a surfing analogy to compare it to, but I don't know much about surfing.


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By Davi Rivas
From Ventura, CA
Dec 8, 2011
Davi Rivas on the U-Notch, Palisades, 06/06/2011

Where will you be working? Are you looking to commute? This could effect your choice.

You may as well check the other Central Coast towns when you come in February. Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Louis Obispo counties are all very nice and have everything your looking for.

I recomend you check out Craigslist for the above mentioned counties for appartment/home listings so you can get an idea of what things cost out here.

davi.


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By bryant
Dec 10, 2011
climbing on the greenbelt

garrett greene wrote:
I'm in santa barbara and for a wide variety of rock its hard to beat it. The rock isnt amazing but there are tons of crags within 30min surfing within 15 and destination climbing within a days climb. I'm lovin it here. I just moved back from San Antonio about 3 months ago...Not gonna lie kind of missing diving for rocks haha Best of luck.



North of L.A. seems to the be the go to spot, a for sure area of interest. And yes, Diving for Rocks is a funky blast.


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By bryant
Dec 10, 2011
climbing on the greenbelt

bergbryce wrote:
San Diego should be high on your list, or Santa Barbara. It would be a shame to move to California and only sport climb, imho. Trying to think of a surfing analogy to compare it to, but I don't know much about surfing.


Definitely open to trad climbing, sport is just what I'm efficient at right now. San Diego area may be closer in my price range compared to the areas north of LA. Where do you suggest climbing there?


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By bergbryce
From South Lake Tahoe, CA
Dec 15, 2011

Check the MP San Diego page www.mountainproject.com/v/san-diego-county/105790243

Seems Mt. Woodson gets mentioned quite a bit in San Diego discussions, but I don't have any personal experience.


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