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By chuffnugget
From Bolder, CO
Apr 25, 2013
camhead wrote:
I completely agree with this. I'd take the culture and people of Fayetteville, Chatt, Ashville, or New Paltz over Flagstaff, Boulder, Moab, or Bishop any day. .




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By Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Apr 25, 2013
Epic free solo with a pack on
I don't think it's right to lump the culture of New Paltz with that of ANY town in Tennessee, or North Carolina for that matter.

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By Matt Wilson
From Bethel, Vermont, USA
Apr 25, 2013
New England tends to be more liberal, although far less outspoken about it (from my experience... but maybe I'm just used to it?)

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By Jason N.
From Grand Junction
Apr 25, 2013
Indy pass
JCM wrote:
This post does a great job of describing the culture/vibe in the parts of the NE, SE, and Boulder, Colorado. My critique is that you generalize "the West" by making it sound like it is all like Boulder. This is absurdly far from the truth, and makes me think tht you have fairy limited experience living in much of the west. You don't have to go far from Boulder to see an enitrely different culture. Ever been to Colorado Springs? Then there is Utah, and Idaho. If you want to replicate the deep South experience (heinous summers, crazy racists), try Arizona. Anyway, trying to make a blanket generalization of the "west" is about as silly as people who live in the west making a blanket generalization of the east (they make it sound like it is all New Jersey).


+1. Add Grand Junction to the list of cities in Colorado completely different from Boulder.

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By dylanfllr
Apr 25, 2013
I'm from Boone, which was a great town with a good community when I was there, I think it's growing and changing a lot now. If you get a little creative, there's no time of year when you can't climb, usually within an hour of town.

I am in Seattle now and I still think of eventually moving to Chattanooga. I've never spent time there in the summer, but I imagine it's similar to Charlotte or Atl? And there's no rock better than southern sandstone.

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By dylanfllr
Apr 25, 2013
at least in October or November when you can hold onto it.

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By Ryan Williams
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From London (sort of)
Apr 25, 2013
El Chorro
JCM wrote:
This post does a great job of describing the culture/vibe in the parts of the NE, SE, and Boulder, Colorado. My critique is that you generalize "the West" by making it sound like it is all like Boulder. This is absurdly far from the truth, and makes me think that you have fairy limited experience living in much of the west. You don't have to go far from Boulder to see an entirely different culture. Ever been to Colorado Springs? Then there is Utah, and Idaho. If you want to replicate the deep South experience (heinous summers, crazy racists), try Arizona. Anyway, trying to make a blanket generalization of the "west" is about as silly as people who live in the west making a blanket generalization of the east (they make it sound like it is all New Jersey).


You're right, it is absurd to lump the west together. While it may have sounded like that is what I was doing, I know that "the west" is a pretty useless way to describe anything. It is a massive area with many many different cultures, just like "the east."

But I have actually spent a lot of time on that side of the river, in quite a few different areas. I lived in Steamboat Springs for a year and had a job that required me to travel to many areas in the Front Range, including, but not limited to Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs. I spent part of two separate ski seasons in Salt Lake, where I lived in a house with 6 Mormons who had all returned from their respective mission trips. While climbing at Cochise Stronghold I got in a car accident and was taken in for a week by a very kind local Tucson climber. And what climber has not spent weeks/months at a time in Moab? Oh yea, I forgot about Jackson Hole, Bozeman, Missoula, Tahoe, and pretty much all of 395. And yes, I've even spent time in LA.

You are right, all of those places are completely different. Different people, different cultures. Stupid to lump them together. I'd have to say though, that those people we agree about - the ones from Boulder - I kept meeting them at all those places. Maybe that is why I was so quick to lump them together!

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By chuffnugget
From Bolder, CO
Apr 25, 2013
Ryan Williams wrote:
And what climber has not spent weeks/months at a time in Moab?


Ones that don't fiddle with gear for protection.

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