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By Steve J.
From Salt Lake City, UT
May 5, 2011
Storm Mountain Falls WI 4-5. Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT <br />Photo: Zach Clanton

So there is a really good chance that I'll be living in Sacramento/Sacramento area for the next 6 months and I know nothing about the area. I'd be moving out from NY so I'm trying to figure out what ever I can. Any info on cool places/ things to do would be sweet. Also, I'll be looking for people to climb and mountain bike with!!


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By Rick Blair
From Denver
May 5, 2011
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I have a sister that lives there. My impression, town is OK. If you like wine they have a lot of good wineries. You will be in farm country so lots of good fresh fruit and vegetables and also cattle country. Definitely has some charm that way. 1 hour radius you have Napa and Sierra and Cascade foothills. 2 Hour radius you have the San Francisco Bay area, Cascades, Sierras. Not my choice of places to be but there is certainly a lot worse.


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By kevin deweese
From Oakland, Ca
May 5, 2011
Birds and Beards

Thread on ST about the exact same basic question.

Supertopo - Living in Sacramento


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By J. Albers
From Colorado
May 5, 2011
Bucky

Rick Blair wrote:
Not my choice of places to be but there is certainly a lot worse.


Wow Rick, such enthusiasm.

Steve, Sac is a pretty great place to live geographically speaking, in that there is great climbing very nearby. If you like granite, it is pretty fricking hard to beat (and yes, I have lived and climbed extensively in the mountain west including New Mexico and Colorado). The downside is that truly good climbing is at least 1.5 hours away and July and August are pretty damn f*cking hot in the city itself (elevation is essentially sea-level). Nevertheless, once you get up into the mountains, the temperature will get pleasant in a hurry. Furthermore, Sac has a fantastic gym called Pipeworks (look it up online) that will enable you to train on tall walls during the week (and a membership at Pipeworks includes a membership at the other San Francisco area gyms as well). Pipeworks is also a good place to try and find partners.

Luckily for you, it sounds like you will be here for the fall. September through early November is superb because we have a steady high pressure system overhead and you can essentially count on perfect weather day in and day out in the high regions. And within 5 hours of Sac is a monumental amount of amazing stone. MP has a lot of info, so start poking around the website. Don't miss the eastside of the Sierras (look under 'Sierra Eastside' on MP). Given the grade boundaries of your profile, here is a good starting point (do a search for the areas I listed below using the MP search feature).

- Yosemite and Tuolumne....self explanatory (~3.5 hours away)
- Donner Summit....there is a bunch of stuff to do here, both trad and sport, though probably more trad in your grade range (~2 hours)
- Lover's Leap....superb moderate trad. This is good place to go if you are not up for slugging it out on straight in cracks, as the Leap is more face climbing with cracks for gear (~1.5 hours or so)
- Clark Canyon....sh*t tons of moderate sport in your grade range on super fun pocketed rock (~4 hours)
- Phantom Spires...fun moderate trad (~1 to 1.5 hours)
- the Needles....incredible trad (~5 hours)
- Southern Sierra....too much to cover here (~3-5 hours)
- Mount Shasta is a little ways north if you are looking for some 14000 foot snow routes on a big volcano with glaciers

Rest assured, there is a ton more than what is in any guidebook, but this outta get you started. As far as other stuff to do that is not related to climbing....

San Francisco is really close.
- Yoshi's is a great place to see a jazz show (Oakland and SF)
- The Independent is a good place to see all types of other music
- tons of museums etc.
- outstanding food


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By J. Albers
From Colorado
May 5, 2011
Bucky

kevin deweese wrote:
Thread on ST about the exact same basic question. Supertopo - Living in Sacramento


Just read through that thread....perfect example of why I don't bother reading anything over there. I don't know what crawled up Salamander's a$$, but don't worry about the staff at Pipeworks. Most of the people that work there are very nice and while they can be a bit of a pain in the butt about getting a lead card, the climbing there is most definitely worth it. Best terrain I have ever trained on (sorry Boulder folks, this includes ya'll's gyms....except for maybe the Spot, I here that place is pretty gnar gnar bro brah!!!)


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By J. Albers
From Colorado
May 5, 2011
Bucky

this was cross posted by another user:

Tom Wilcox wrote:
there are two mountaineering meetup groups Sierra Mountaineering Meetup Bay Area Mountaineering Group And a local rock climbing meetup: Sacramento Rock Climbing Meetup (mostly gym but some outdoor climbs) Well we have the Sierra Nevada in our back yard (Tahoe and Truckee) Yosemite within a couple hours drive Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Tuolumne Meadows Mt. Whitney and all the East Side has to offer ... The Cascades ie. Shasta and Lassen to the North The Trinity Alps to the North It's paradise for a climber ... really is a special place. Don't tell anyone else in NY about it, ok?


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By climbing coastie
From Sacramento
May 6, 2011
Switzerland

Steve,

I'l be moving back to the area this July. I spent '01-05 there and am looking forward to all the area has to offer. As mentioned July, August, and even most of September are going to be miserably hot, but I've also have lived in Alaska the last six years and hate the heat. Everyone says its a "dry heat", I say BS 115* is freaking hot!! Sacramento is like any city, there are good areas and bad areas.

Others have mentioned the climbing areas around so I won't get into all that but there is enough to keep you busy for the entire time your there. There are areas closer to Sacramento to get on real rock that I don't see mentioned. They are definitely not destination climbing spots as most people use them for an after work session.

I'd agree with J. PipeWorks is the better of the two gyms in my opinion, but Granite Arch wasn't bad either (of course it's been a while since I'v been to either).

Plenty of mountain biking all over the foothills!!

I'll be down at the end of July and looking to climb as much as possible after I get settled. If you have any specific questions or need a partner feel free to PM me.

Pat


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By Steve J.
From Salt Lake City, UT
May 13, 2011
Storm Mountain Falls WI 4-5. Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT <br />Photo: Zach Clanton

wow thanks for all the info. i cant wait to start checking this stuff out and i'll definitely be looking for people to climb with


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