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By Rockbanned
From Plattsburgh, Ny
Aug 26, 2013
Slab...

Gunkiemike wrote:
So for 10 days a year, the Adirondacks win. :-) The region is popular for vacation homes, since 3 or 4 of those nice days occur in the same month (September). The rest are scattered around the calendar. I know, you think I'm kidding.


Trippy dude... I climb at poko like 3x's a week all summer(even with the closures there's still a few hundred open routes), then on the weekends we usually go to Keene Valley or somewhere different. All within an hour. There's probably 1000 routes and 40 climbing spots in Keene Valley? I've never been to a crag that a little Deet doesn't keep the bugs off. And I can't remember the last time I paid $20 to go to a crag either. Not to mention I've never had a ranger looking up my ass when I'm climbing up here. As well, probably 90% of the time I won't see a single person all day, which means I don't have to hear about people (pockin') their (cah's), and gweedos laughing about the guys they jumped at the (bah) last night. ;)


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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Aug 26, 2013
Rumney

Yeah, the ADK's weather is notoriously bad but it's more reputation than reality. If you're only limited to weekends it stings a little more, especially if weather events just happen to land on the weekends as a matter of odds rather than consistency. Earlier this year I hardly got out anywhere, weather was conspiring to keep me off rock. Now it's been a solid 1-2 months of almost perfect weekends.


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By Mark Trotta
From Latham, NY
Aug 26, 2013
On top of Noonmark, 'Dacks

Kevin Heckeler wrote:
Yeah, the ADK's weather is notoriously bad but it's more reputation than reality.


Agreed. Besides, a little bad weather can make you stronger.


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By Jeffreaux
From SoVT
Sep 9, 2013

Kids? My small town in SW-VT has amazing public schools, ice climbing, resort and bc skiing, trail running, uninspiring rock climbing, great biking, 80 minutes from Albany airport. If schools are an issue, it's a top option.

Other great options are, as mentioned; New Paltz, Great Barrington, Saratoga/Glens Falls (burgeoning sport climbing mecca).


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By Russ Keane
Dec 10, 2013
Where's Waldo?

Has no one mentioned Northampton? It's a pretty nice vibe in western Mass. It's a good mix of nature and small city, it's not so hick as some other rural areas. I think Massachusetts is a pretty forward-thinking, intelligent place to be. The people tend to be educated, aware, and on top of things. Of course this is more the case as you get closer to Boston, but western Mass is a nice mix offering you funkiness without being over-the-top weird.

Now for the climbing. Got gneiss? There's great climbing in western Mass, and it positions you perfectly for day/weekend trips to NH, Dacks, and of course the Gunks.


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By WillamR
Dec 10, 2013

Just saying there are great towns adjacent to New Paltz as well. Gardiner and Rosendale are where the serious climbers/professionals who don't want the college culture breathing down their necks live. I lived in New Paltz for 5 months and enjoyed all three towns. Gardiner is cheaper than New Paltz with all the perks.


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By Jeffreaux
From SoVT
Dec 10, 2013

Agreed on Northampton. That town has more culture than the entire southern half of Vermont.


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By Ed Bustamante
From accord
Dec 10, 2013
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get up an over the gunks ridge and its a whole different place. ice and skiing in the catskills .rock at he gunks and adks for those long weekends in the woods 2 airports with in an hours drive I have been calling this place home even well before I moved to the area.


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By gravist
Dec 11, 2013

I would say if your ok with an hour to two hour drive for awesome climbing you should be living on the coast. Portsmouth NH is a rad little coastal town, 1hr30 min to Rumney, 2hrs to Conway area, 4hrs to acadia and dacks. 30 minutes to good bouldering at P-way if thats your thing. Plus when black fly and mossi season is in full swing you can always take up surfing. Once you move to the coast though be prepared never to leave!
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