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ok, first off sorry for the 66% misleading headline, but maybe now more people will read this and provide insight!

i'm on the fence about moving to SLC for a great graduate school program and thought the folks lurking around on mp could provide some info of the type im looking for that would help me make the decision...

meaning: what thoughts are out there about living in SLC as a climber? i've spent lots of time in southern utah and love the creek and zion but haven't climbed in the swell or much around SLC...any thoughts about the outdoor scene of people living in SLC would be much appreciated -- easy to meet climbers/adventurers, active outdoor community, accessibility of what kinds of climbing, gym scene...? trad's my favorite but i love all kinds of climbing. i also like trail running, paddling, and am getting into skiing but climbing is number one.

im pretty liberal, work in outdoor education, like live music and eating well...i've heard that SLC is pretty progressive and open esp compared to the mormon rep of utah, thoughts on this front would also be appreciated.

and anything else that comes to mind! bikable? easy to get out of town? i've heard about the winter inversions already.

anyway thanks in advance for the comments, i really appreciate being able to turn to the community to learn from other's experiences! enjoy spring :)
miraperrone
Joined Aug 17, 2014
5 points
Apr 13, 2016
Die clickbaiter! Pogie
Joined Nov 23, 2015
47 points
Apr 13, 2016
you mean 100% misleading?


I am also considering a move to SLC though.. from the one visit I made and the research I've done.. seams like living within 20 minutes of 1000's of climbs and amaingh skiin/hiking... whats not to love... Can't get sick of Mormons if you spend every day in the mountains..
crakatoa
From Boulder,Co
Joined May 5, 2014
31 points
Apr 13, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Climbing at the Gallery in Red Rocks
miraperrone wrote:
ok, first off sorry for the 66% misleading headline, but maybe now more people will read this and provide insight! i'm on the fence about moving to SLC for a great graduate school program and thought the folks lurking around on mp could provide some info of the type im looking for that would help me make the decision... meaning: what thoughts are out there about living in SLC as a climber? i've spent lots of time in southern utah and love the creek and zion but haven't climbed in the swell or much around SLC...any thoughts about the outdoor scene of people living in SLC would be much appreciated -- easy to meet climbers/adventurers, active outdoor community, accessibility of what kinds of climbing, gym scene...? trad's my favorite but i love all kinds of climbing. i also like trail running, paddling, and am getting into skiing but climbing is number one. im pretty liberal, work in outdoor education, like live music and eating well...i've heard that SLC is pretty progressive and open esp compared to the mormon rep of utah, thoughts on this front would also be appreciated. and anything else that comes to mind! bikable? easy to get out of town? i've heard about the winter inversions already. anyway thanks in advance for the comments, i really appreciate being able to turn to the community to learn from other's experiences! enjoy spring :)


SLC sucks, I'd move to boulder, sounds like a better fit for you.
kennoyce
From Layton, UT
Joined Aug 12, 2010
2,061 points
Apr 13, 2016
The big SLC over Boulder draw for me is the skiing.. But OP said he got into grad school there.. That sounds like a good reason to not move to boulder.. crakatoa
From Boulder,Co
Joined May 5, 2014
31 points
Apr 13, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Myself pulling out of the hueco on Supafly.
Ive heard Colorado is nice ;)

But seriously, SLC is pretty great. You'd do just fine here. Some people get all in a huff about one thing or another (regarding Utahs culture, alcohol laws, etc), but judging by all the Bernie stickers I see on Outbacks, Id say youll find someone to roll with. And the climbimg is pretty rad.

Regarding your post, the climbing access is pretty good. I15 gets pretty jammed up on friday, which adds a bit of time to a commute to southern Utah. It sucks but is tolerable. Other than that, traffic shouldn't be a major concern.
Dylan Pike
From Murray
Joined Sep 23, 2013
32 points
Apr 13, 2016
No paddling within 5 hours. JohnSol
Joined Sep 30, 2015
15 points
Apr 13, 2016
JohnSol wrote:
No paddling within 5 hours.

Huh? With all the fresh water lakes and reservoirs plus the various small rivers and the two major ones?
Marc801
From Sandy, Utah
Joined Feb 25, 2014
64 points
Apr 13, 2016
there's no paddling, no climbing and no bolts, bikes are not allowed, OR was never here, you must have confused slc with somewhere else ddriver
From SLC
Joined Jul 30, 2007
321 points
Apr 13, 2016
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lying for attention: a great way to get partners! Tim Lutz
Joined Aug 9, 2012
43 points
Apr 13, 2016
Please don't encourage this shitty attention grabbing by giving constructive answers.

Fucking lame.
Cocoapuffs 1000
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Apr 13, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew Gram
Marc801 wrote:
Huh? With all the fresh water lakes and reservoirs plus the various small rivers and the two major ones?


I'm sure he meant no good paddling. There are a few manky whitewater rivers and creeks nearby and a couple of play waves, but local paddling here is a big bummer compared to Denver, Boise, Portland, etc. The access to big multiday trips in the desert and Idaho where driving a few hours isn't as big a deal is pretty good though.
Andrew Gram
From Salt Lake City, UT
Joined Jan 1, 2001
3,828 points
Apr 13, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: La Milagrosa, Tucson.
I haven’t lived in Salt Lake Pretty for seven years, but grew up most of my life in SLC and return often to visit family and partake in the amazing outdoor scene. I haven't been climbing as long as many of the people on MP, yet in my opinion, SLC is a great place to live as a climber, especially if you're into skiing and trail running. You've got Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons within minutes of the city and American Fork Canyon (less than an hour), as well as Maple within two hours.

In addition, Moab is less than four hours away, Red Rocks less than 6, different areas of Colorado are close, Tetons five hours away--essentially it’s a great hub to get to a lot of different areas, and you can jump on a freeway easily.

As far as the people--they’re great. Like someone else said, SLC is probably the most liberal place to live in Utah. Mayor Biskupski is the first openly lesbian mayor and is a Democrat. I have many liberal friends in SLC and as I’ve watched the city grow, I see more and more liberals moving in.

If you moved there, I don’t think you would have any trouble meeting outdoors folk. Whenever I return to SLC and look at my Tinder account, I am thrilled by all of the active, adventurous people there (and severely disappointed when I return to Tucson). The city seems pretty darn bike friendly and you always see people out touring throughout the city and up the canyons. There are two climbing gyms I know of, Momentum and The Front, and many of my friends have passes there. They seem nice, though I haven’t climbed in them.

The cons include, yes, the inversions (usually December-February). If the winter is good, however, inversion is less intense and occurs less frequently. That being said, Utah winters seem to have gotten worse and worse as time goes on. I definitely see climate change negatively affecting our powder.

Maybe it’s not the Mormons themselves that people detest so much, but Mormon beliefs that influence Utah politics. I’m not LDS, but I have many Mormon friends and grew up in a Mormony neighborhood. Besides feeling ostracized as a kid by fellow Mormon children, as an adult, I don’t hold as much animosity towards them as I used to. But yes, they tend to be conservative as whole and much of Utah legislation is influenced by the Mormon vote and Mormon politicians. For example, the liquor laws. I suggest buying bottled beer at the bar if you want the real ABV.

The city itself is awesome. It’s clean, well taken care of, has a lot of arts and culture, and is diverse (well, depending on what part of town you’re in). I’m not sure if you’re looking at the U (maybe Westminster?), but both campuses are beautiful and located in great areas.

I love Salt Lake City. I hope to move back or to Boulder-area. You can’t beat the beauty of the city, its proximity to powder, climbing, and other great outdoors places to visit.

If you have any more questions, such as where in the city to live or whatever, feel free to message me!
ashleighthompson
Joined Mar 9, 2016
10 points
Apr 13, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Bird of Fire. Photo Credit Alex Cooper.
From what I've seen when a bolt is chopped here it grows back as a double bolt rap station. They are like warts be careful if you pick at them.

If you're perceptive this post tell you much about the SLC locals...
mountainproject.com/v/bolts-on...
Ken H
From Granite, UT
Joined Jan 1, 2006
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