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By josh holmes
Nov 14, 2011
a picture of rocks

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.


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By Javier L
From Asheville, NC
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.


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By Cor
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.


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By adam brink
From Boulder, CO
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.


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By Unassigned User
Nov 14, 2011

Colorado Springs is cool!


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By Addison
From Boulder, CO
Nov 14, 2011
me at eldo

key west, FL


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By Wayne Crill
From an Altered State
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.....


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By Ben Beckerich
From saint helens, oregon
Nov 14, 2011
About half way up the East Arete on Illumination Rock

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.


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By smithb
From Flagstaff, Az
Nov 14, 2011

Tucson. With the money you save on cost of living, compared to Boulder, you can buy yourself a Tesla electric car.


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By Scott Sinner
From Mammoth Lakes, CA
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.


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By Sam Prentice
Nov 14, 2011

Legitimate post, or another troll setting up people to spray about boulder? You decide.


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By Ed Wright
Nov 15, 2011
Magic Ed

Anywhere's within walking distance, if you have the time.


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By prod.
From Boulder, Co
Nov 15, 2011

+1 for Boulder.

Sam is not welcome here though.

Prod.


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By BackCountry
From West Point, UT
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.


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By john strand
From southern colo
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.


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By Jon O'Brien
From Nevada
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!


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By Peter Beal
From Boulder Colorado
Nov 15, 2011

North Conway is a bit like Boulder, more of a state of mind than either a town or city :)


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By J. Thompson
From denver, co
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


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By Robbie Mackley
From Tucson, AZ
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.


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By jarthur
From Westminster, CO
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.


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By NickinCO
From colorado
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 =)


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By Cory
From Boise, ID
Nov 15, 2011
Relaxing in the Tuttle Creek Campground after a fun day in the Hills

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!


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By John Douglass
From Seattle, WA
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


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