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By Kelly P
From The Bubble, CO
Nov 10, 2012
Hi Alex!

My finace and I also moved to Colorado from the East Coast. We didn't have jobs lined up but did save a good bit of money to fall back on. We managed to line up an apartment (600 sq ft) in Boulder for 800/month but...we are two people who only needed a one bedroom. I LOVE boulder for the most part, my commute to work is short(2 miles), climbing can't be beat, the gyms for the winter can't be beat, great food, lots of outdoorsfolk. The only drawback is, there are a good bit of pretentious wealthy folks. But the goods far outweigh the con. You can likely find a decent roommate situation due to how many college folks there are around. Boulder is VERY liberal, Co Springs is def a lot more conservative. Just keep that in mind. Fort Collins is rad too, college town, decent nearby climbing(Horsetooth,Poudre,Carter Lake, etc). Good Luck!

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By Nolan Robertson
Nov 10, 2012
I grew up in Durango, so i don't really know anywhere else, but there is awesome bouldering pretty much IN town. and then we have 3 major crags, golfwall is our outdoor gym, pumpy limestone, east animas is our trad area, although there are some hard sport lines there, and we also have Lemon(sport climbing), which is about 30-45 minutes from town, and its got awesome 100-120ft pitches varying between 5.10 and 5.13.

Not to mention, within 3 hours,Indian creek, mill creek, Telluride, ouray, silverton.

Also Durango has a ski area north of town, there is some cool kayaking, absolutely amazing mountainbiking.

If you move here, there are a couple of places expanding that are constantly hiring people "mercury payment systems" is one really fast growing company that treats its employees great.

Pm me if you do move here, Always looking for more people to climb with!

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By Hank Caylor
Administrator
From Golden, CO
Nov 10, 2012
Yoda
Alex La. wrote:
But I install solar panels


Somewhere in Denver would be a great choice then. Loads of work in that sector.

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By Alex La.
Nov 10, 2012
Drew and I, trip to Seneca.
Yeah, the reason I don't really want to bum around is because I don't have a whole lot of money to blow. And I font really feel like being homeless again hah. I don't smoke so not really about the pot :P. But another reason I want a destination is because I have a rear wheel drive ford ranger haha. So if I get stuck im screwed...

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By Alex La.
Nov 10, 2012
Drew and I, trip to Seneca.
Well let me add this haha, I'm a v7-v8 climber i love projecting and i want to be somewhere, wheres there's tons of world class climbing and projecting, and enough work so that if i move out there today i can find a job sweeping floors somewhere. And sorry i'd be thanking everyone personally but i dont have internet and i'm using my phone. So i'm kind of limited on abilities. Thanks again though everyone.

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By dice magee
Nov 11, 2012
colorado springs is epic just moved here from ca and its sweet. alot to do everything is relativley close. great gym (city rock) and some awesome near by places to get outside. email me if you want some more info be more than happy to help you out

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By Laura Pyle
From Evergreen, CO
Nov 11, 2012
North face, Longs Peak.
I'm not into bouldering much myself, but if you are, check out Ft. Collins and Morrison. I live in Evergreen, near Morrison, which is a great place to live if you want to wake up in the mountains but be close enough to Denver to take advantage of jobs there. And we have Alderfer/Three Sisters right here which has bouldering and lots of nice trails. Ft. Collins would have more people college-age/just out of college and probably better roommate opportunities, though. If you have questions about the Evergreen area, feel free to PM me.

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By Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nov 11, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Peak.
"H" wrote:
Who the hell planned the Springs?


I know. I hate the many loop roads we have like Circle Jerk and Whoawhatfuckingdirectionamigoingnow Drive.

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By Bill M
From Fort Collins, CO
Nov 11, 2012
Interesting that Albuquerque, NM never gets mentioned in these threads.

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By Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Nov 11, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV
Bill Matlin wrote:
Interesting that Albuquerque, NM never gets mentioned in these threads.


in this case, it probably has something to do with the fact that the OP specifically said he is moving to CO... not NM

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By Dave Cummings
From Grand Junction, CO
Nov 11, 2012
me on my redpoint
Jonhy Q wrote:
Third, but offense is intended. How about the Junction? That place sucks and needs some decent folks. The climbing is wow.


Actually GJ is awesome and the climbing community here is equally awesome. Bottom line is that most anywhere in CO is really good. Try not to let all the shit talking on Mountain Project discourage you from anywhere. Welcome to Colorado you will be super psyched.

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By Josh B
Nov 11, 2012
If you do move to the Springs, I would try and find a place downtown or on the west side / Manitou. Even going up the pass (hwy 24) to check out Cascade or Green Mountain Falls might be worth your time. Lots of little homes for rent in the mountains 20 minutes from town

One of the big pros for C. Spgs is that we can use hwy 24 to access the mountains. Denver relies on I-70 which can be a nightmare if you are on the road during peak traffic hours. The Springs has year round climbing in town with every type of climbing within an hour or two.

The city is a hub for evangelical conservatives so if that is not your cup of tea then check out the sides of town I mentioned earlier and you will feel more at home.

There are two good gyms. CityRock- good rope climbing and bouldering. SCC- good bouldering.

I am not sure about the solar industry here but the overall economy is doing okay compared to other cities.

I will throw in a vote for the four corners area as well if you can find work down there. I have always had a good time in that part of the state and it does not feel as crowded as the front range.

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By john strand
From southern colo
Nov 11, 2012
Alex La. wrote:
Well let me add this haha, I'm a v7-v8 climber i love projecting and i want to be somewhere, wheres there's tons of world class climbing and projecting, and enough work so that if i move out there today i can find a job sweeping floors somewhere. And sorry i'd be thanking everyone personally but i dont have internet and i'm using my phone. So i'm kind of limited on abilities. Thanks again though everyone.

This statement screams -Bishop

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By Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
Nov 11, 2012
The Cathedral Spires in RMNP, left to right: Stiletto, Sharkstooth, Forbidden Tower, Petit Grepon, The Saber, The Foil, The Moon & The Jackknife.
Alex La. wrote:
But another reason I want a destination is because I have a rear wheel drive ford ranger haha. So if I get stuck im screwed...


When you get here, think about investing in some sandbags to lay over your rear axle. It's also a good idea to keep a tow strap and avy shovel in your truck.

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By Alex La.
Nov 12, 2012
Drew and I, trip to Seneca.
You guys are great and i couldn't thank you all enough for the help. Another quick question though i wanted to ask was what towns have community colleges?

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Nov 12, 2012
Bocan
Alex La. wrote:
You guys are great and i couldn't thank you all enough for the help. Another quick question though i wanted to ask was what towns have community colleges?


Longmont and Westminster have Front Range Community. Nice thing is that CU accepts all their credits as well.

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By Alex La.
Nov 12, 2012
Drew and I, trip to Seneca.
haha, Everyone said some place different, it's going to be hard for me to choose now :D!

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By Jake Carroll
From Fort Collins
Nov 12, 2012
The Monastery
Alex La. wrote:
You guys are great and i couldn't thank you all enough for the help. Another quick question though i wanted to ask was what towns have community colleges?

Pretty much any city in the Front Range is going to have at least 1 community college.
Front Range CC (in the towns previously mentioned + Fort Collins and Boulder)
Red Rocks CC (Denver) + Denver has a lot more
Pikes Peak CC- Springs (has a north and south branch)
Western Colorado CC - Grand Junction

I would try to find a computer to research some of these because each one offers many different degrees and programs.

Personally, I love the Springs, but I am super biased because I grew up there. Fort Collins is awesome too, but I will probably end up moving back to the Springs when I finish my course work.

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By Alex La.
Nov 12, 2012
Drew and I, trip to Seneca.
Yeah i'm kind of on the edge between fort collins, Grand junction, and, Colorado springs. But between everything i'm like overwhelmed because there are so many opportunities! My goal is to have a town with a community college (Trying to be Rescue tech/EMT), with a great mountain view, with great climbing/bouldering, and enough work to pay my bills(And by work i mean anything). But i don't want to be in a town like Denver.

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Nov 12, 2012
Bocan
Alex La. wrote:
But i don't want to be in a town like Denver.


Alex La. wrote:
Seeing as I've never been to Colorado


So what's Denver like then?

You're going to find positive and negatives everywhere.

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By Alex La.
Nov 12, 2012
Drew and I, trip to Seneca.
Because I live in the biggest city in the country and im tired of big citys. It might not be same but I'm trying to avoid big cities. And I don't really want to move to another one...

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By Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Nov 12, 2012
Bocan
Alex La. wrote:
Because I live in the biggest city in the country and im tired of big citys. It might not be same but I'm trying to avoid big cities. And I don't really want to move to another one...


Denver is actually pretty small actually, only just over 600K. Colorado Springs has about 450K.

Don't discount D-town, it's actually a really great city with alot going on. It has a small town feel to me, but with all the big city amenities. And in my personal opinion, Denver is much better than the Springs. Of course that is just my opinion and will probably differ than the Springs folks here.

And if you are looking for smaller cities, then Foco, Boulder and Juction will keep you below 150K.

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By Alex La.
Nov 12, 2012
Drew and I, trip to Seneca.
I dont live in the biggest city heh, i was exaggerating a lot, i live in baltimore. And we have 600k, And it's way to many for me :P. I'm kind of going out there to get away from that you know what i mean.

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By Rick Blair
From Denver
Nov 12, 2012
This is a novel auto blocking belay device.  I think it works quite well, depending on rope thickness and sheath quality, it belays very smooth.  Great to lower with.  You gotta love over engineering.  $3 at a gear swap!
Alex La. wrote:
I dont live in the biggest city heh, i was exaggerating a lot, i live in baltimore. And we have 600k, And it's way to many for me :P. I'm kind of going out there to get away from that you know what i mean.

I live just north of Downtown Denver in 5-points. I have been to Baltimore multiple times and I can share a few differences.
1. In Denver roaming crackheads are not 99% likely to break your car window for quarters in your change tray.
2. Generally, Denver is a fairly clean city.
3. You will probably not be living in a row house in Denver and likely will have a lawn, even if it is a small lawn.
4. At night in Denver, you will not be looking over your shoulder constantly for fear of being mugged. Most likely you could live 20+ years in Denver and never get mugged. Try that in Baltimore.
5. In Denver you will rarely, if ever, hear gun fire.
6. You will find people generally way friendlier in Denver than anywhere on the East Coast.
7. In Denver, say by to humidity. In the peak of summer, it gets down to single digits. Denver averages a lower relative humidity than some dessert areas.

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By Nolan Robertson
Nov 12, 2012
Alex La. wrote:
You guys are great and i couldn't thank you all enough for the help. Another quick question though i wanted to ask was what towns have community colleges?


Durango has a community college, and a real college

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