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Nov 14, 2011
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Getting ready to relocate and looking to get the communities input on what US city (gotta stay stateside for a least another 2 years) is closest to the highest concentration of climbing. josh holmes
Joined Sep 5, 2008
211 points
Nov 14, 2011
Bermuda, DWS
Fayetteville, WV

Home of the New River Gorge. Not much there if you're looking to work but it's a stones throw away from some of the best climbing in the country. Not to mention some great white water rapids, biking, etc. It's definitely not a city, though. Much too small if you want the comforts of the city.
Javier L
From Asheville, NC
Joined Sep 23, 2010
575 points
Nov 14, 2011
black nasty
boulder, co (someone is bound to say this eventually...)
walk to flagstaff bouldering
ride bike to boulder canyon, eldorado canyon, flagstaff bouldering.
flatirons - lots of them - walk or bike.

awesome bus system here too. if you don't have/want a car...

just look at boulder here on mountainproject.
how many routes are listed?? (answer = a lifetime)

ps: lots of work around here also.
Cor
Joined Mar 6, 2006
1,175 points
Nov 14, 2011
Arlo in all his magnificence.
I'm pretty sure that Boulder, CO has the highest concentration of climbing close to town of any place in the U.S. Say what you will about Boulder but it is a great place to be a climber. adam brink
From Boulder, CO
Joined Mar 1, 2001
665 points
Colorado Springs is cool!
Nov 14, 2011
me at eldo
key west, FL Addison
From Boulder, CO
Joined Sep 20, 2010
45 points
Nov 14, 2011
pilon fracture
not to be an a-hole but any city would work just depends upon how far you are willing to walk?

snarky useless comments aside I would concur with Cor's comments that Boulder is a pretty good "city" with lots of good climbing within walking distance (but that really depends where you are in town).
Austin Tx is a fantastic city with pretty good climbing within walking distance.
Seattle is a cool city, but nothing climbing wise is close enough to walk except artificial bouldering.
Squamish BC is technically not stateside but a very cool community, easy to get around, fantastic climbing all around and LOTS of other cool things to do like Mtn bike-ski-surf-kite-surf-paddle-etc.

all I can directly comment on.....
Wayne Crill
From an Altered State
Joined Jan 5, 2003
454 points
Nov 14, 2011
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination R...
Rocky Butte state park is right smack in the middle of Portland... over 150 routes on 15 or so walls from 5.1 to 5.14, many very high quality, most traddable, always in the shade, and hardly anybody climbs there!

watch out for the passed out bums, used condoms and syringes, broken beer bottles, and feral hookers.
Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Joined Jun 24, 2011
266 points
Nov 14, 2011
Tucson. With the money you save on cost of living, compared to Boulder, you can buy yourself a Tesla electric car. smithb
From Flagstaff, Az
Joined Apr 26, 2010
195 points
Nov 14, 2011
Descending the B-S Col
New Paltz, the Gunks, easy hitchin' to the cliffs. Since my car stopped running a month ago, I've climbed just as much and haven't missed it. Scott Sinner
From Mammoth Lakes, CA
Joined Apr 18, 2011
125 points
Nov 14, 2011
Legitimate post, or another troll setting up people to spray about boulder? You decide. Sam Prentice
Joined Oct 26, 2006
161 points
Nov 15, 2011
Magic Ed
Anywhere's within walking distance, if you have the time. Ed Wright
Joined May 14, 2006
332 points
Nov 15, 2011
+1 for Boulder.

Sam is not welcome here though.

Prod.
prod.
From Boulder, Co
Joined Nov 29, 2008
52 points
Nov 15, 2011
Whaaaat?
Check out Ogden, Utah. Walking distance to many dozens of boulders, and many dozens of routes, not to mention tons of other outdoor activities. Comparatively low cost of living to some of the other suggestions too. BackCountry
From Ogden, UT
Joined Oct 29, 2009
421 points
Nov 15, 2011
Depends on your definition of a city. N. Conway NH is a couple of miles from 500 routes, but it;s much more a town than city. john strand
From southern colo
Joined May 22, 2008
2,265 points
Nov 15, 2011
vegas baby! i climb in a national park after work and zion, yosemite, j tree, p forks, and many more are all a 3-5 hour drive away... strange people here but i understand boulder's full of entitled white people, at least we have diversity! and you'll be able to find a girlfriend that isn't ugly, fat, and mean... LOL

good luck!
Jon O'Brien
From Nevada
Joined Apr 21, 2009
509 points
Nov 15, 2011
North Conway is a bit like Boulder, more of a state of mind than either a town or city :) Peter Beal
From Boulder Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,986 points
Nov 15, 2011
Trundling a death block. Photo by Dan Gambino.
Jon O'Brien wrote:
i climb in a national park after work



Which national park is that?

josh
J. Thompson
From denver, co
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,739 points
Nov 15, 2011
Me and Holden at the "Matterhorn"
smithb wrote:
Tucson. With the money you save on cost of living, compared to Boulder, you can buy yourself a Tesla electric car.

+ 1 (see Climbing, issue no. 298 p. 28).
p.s. I dont currently drive either, but if you keep a flexable schedule and always offer to pay your share of the gas, finding a ride is rarely a problem.
Robbie Mackley
From Tucson, AZ
Joined May 6, 2010
90 points
Nov 15, 2011
My dogs got ups yo!
St George, UT. Lots of areas within walking distance from your nearest Starbucks. And then all of Snow Canyon. The Chuckawalla Wall is a really good workout after work, during lunch, or before work. Just from the parking lot to the crag is less than 100-ft....maybe 150-ft. jarthur
From Westminster, CO
Joined Mar 23, 2008
322 points
Nov 15, 2011
after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.
Jon O'Brien wrote:
vegas baby! i climb in a national park after work and zion, yosemite, j tree, p forks, and many more are all a 3-5 hour drive away... strange people here but i understand boulder's full of entitled white people, at least we have diversity! and you'll be able to find a girlfriend that isn't ugly, fat, and mean... LOL good luck!


Isn't Colorado the only state in the country with an obesity rate of less than 20%? Diversity is great... until you find yourself somewhere and no one speaks English LOL. I can't wait to leave so much "diversity" in Chicago.

I'm moving to Boulder in two weeks =)
NickinCO
From colorado
Joined Sep 17, 2010
239 points
Nov 15, 2011
Relaxing in the Tuttle Creek Campground after a fu...
Fairly easy bike-ride to short but sweet trad and sport routes outside of Boise. Plus with daylight until 10pm in the summer, you can get a very full climbing session in after a full day of work! Cory
From Boise, ID
Joined Mar 25, 2008
2,521 points
Nov 15, 2011
NRG
Nick Mardirosian wrote:
Isn't Colorado the only state in the country with an obesity rate of less than 20%? =)


Not anymore.
Obesity Map
Obesity Map
John Douglass
From Seattle, WA
Joined Sep 12, 2010
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