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Best places to live


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Michael D · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Oct 2017 · Points: 0

Where do people think is the best place to live (in the US) for easy access to climbing areas (<1hr drive).

Criteria: 

Sport climbing areas only, good for the climber breaking into 5.12+ 5.13-, and has a solid friendly climbing community where finding new partners is relatively easy.

Thanks

s.price · · the deck of Rover · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 1,346

Anywhere but Colorado. Utah has plenty of room left for climbers :)

Eric K · · Leavenworth, Washington · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 45

Major Metro areas  I've been which fit the criteria

Seattle WA

Bend OR

Provo/Salt Lake UT

Vegas NV

Todd Bruns · · Golden , Colorado · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 0

Looking to get out of the front range so any answers to the OPs question would be helpful. Thanks

Ryan Hamilton · · Orem · Joined Aug 2011 · Points: 5
s.price wrote:

Anywhere but Colorado. Utah has plenty of room left for climbers :)

Nope, we're all full here in Utah . I just drove through Rifle over the weekend. It's full of sport routes in that range and really pretty right now. 

s.price · · the deck of Rover · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 1,346
Ryan Hamilton wrote:

Nope, we're all full here in Utah . I just drove through Rifle over the weekend. It's full of sport routes in that range and really pretty right now. 

Well damn. Guess I'll start saying Idaho.

To the OP, Rifle was the first place that crossed my mind as well.

Old lady H · · Boise, ID · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 455
s.price wrote:

Well damn. Guess I'll start saying Idaho.

To the OP, Rifle was the first place that crossed my mind as well.

Hey, now, knock it off!

Besides, haven't you seen the news lately? Boulder's the happiest city in America. Cited all kinds of reasons.

Except the most obvious.

8-p

s.price · · the deck of Rover · Joined Dec 2010 · Points: 1,346

Sorry Helen, I meant to say Montana.

mediocre · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 0

Longview, WA

Joe Prescott · · Fort Collins · Joined Apr 2013 · Points: 6

Lander

S2k 4life · · Abingdon, MD · Joined Sep 2015 · Points: 111

This is easy, Boulder Colorado,  sry boulderidians if I'm letting the cat out the bag...

If you've been then you know

Boulder canyon alone has enough bolts closely spaced together and tons of different routes to keep you busy for years, mins from downtown boulder ridiculous all the climbing around boulder

Clear creek?

Table mountain?

Golden gate canyon state park?

All with tons of bolts and trad possibilities also within 30mins of boulder,

Have fun

Alvin Tham · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Dec 2017 · Points: 0

North Korea 

Jcburgart · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Apr 2016 · Points: 15

Golden, CO is the big secret. Way better than Boulder for living, and closer to the the whole South Platte and Hwy 70

Gregory Clay · · Arvada · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 0

Sorry, but Golden is full.

Perry Norris · · Truckee · Joined Nov 2014 · Points: 45

Buffalo, Wyoming.  Never been there but it  looks pretty cool.


Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 190

Lexington, KY is really nice.  I wouldn’t mind living there, and you’d be about 30 min from the Red.

Jeremiah Nason · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 0

Chattanooga Tennessee has tons of rock within 45 minutes or less from downtown

Eric Carlos · · Chattanooga, TN · Joined Aug 2008 · Points: 40

Chattanooga TN has a lifetime's worth within an hour, but summers are brutal.  Lexington KY has the RRG about an hour away as well, with a lifetime's worth.  Boulder/Golden have tons of climbing, and about a third of it is worth doing.  Salt Lake has a lifetime's worth as well, but winters are harsh with the inversion if you don't ski/ board.  Lander WY has plenty but winters can be  rough.  Off the radar, but St. George as a ton of sport climbing, without the crowds.  Plus you aren't far from Vegas crags.

Dean O! · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2018 · Points: 0

Flagstaff AZ has TONS of sport development going on.

Brandon.Phillips · · Portola, CA · Joined May 2011 · Points: 55

A couple of years ago I was in Eldo at 7am on a Tuesday and there were more climbers than I have ever seen at any other climbing area. Boulder has climbing, but it also has hordes of climbers.


Tori Cade · · Boise, ID · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 41

Idaho is full, thanks! 

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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