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By Chris91
From Boulder, CO
Apr 14, 2014
testing out some cravasses <br />

I currently residing Boulder, CO and I am considering leaving the bubble to attend graduate school at UC Davis. I'm looking for some options about the outdoor activities there. Mainly climbing, but biking, skiing, paddling and others would be appreciated. Doing some research it seems quite feasible to do weekend trips, but how feasible are day trips or after work excursions?

Thanks in advance!


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By csproul
From Rancho Cordova, CA
Apr 14, 2014
Summit of Wolf's Head with Pingora in the background

I just move here from NC and I have lived in Boulder too, so I think I have some basis for you to compare.

From Davis, you have a good amount of day trip and weekend options for climbing. Lots of stuff up the Hwy 50 corridor (Sugarloaf, Phantom Spires, Lover's Leap etc) and up I-80 too (Donner etc). There is not much in the way of half day type climbing; there is a gym in Davis and Nutree boudoirs in Vacaville are pretty close, but not much else.

For road cycling, the Davis area is pretty nice and bike friendly, but it is also pretty flat by Boulder standards. There is a huge road riding and racing population in Davis, maybe even more bike friendly than Bouder.There are some hills doable on a ride out of Davis but they are not right out of town and are kind of halfway into a typical loop with flat windy riding to get there and back. I'm not aware of much in the way of local mountain biking and I have been driving in to the foothills/moutains to ride (prob on the order of 1-1.5 hours from Davis).

The skiing is closer than you are in Boulder (if you discount Eldora), with all of the Tahoe areas. The snow was pretty miserable this year compared to CO. Can't say if this is a trend that is going to continue

I don't paddle, but I have heard that the American river has some good kayaking and that definitely a doable day trip from Davis.

In short, I think you have great day and weekend opportunities for climbing (2-4 hours of driving). As good or better than the climbing you'll find in Boulder. But the climbing in Boulder is MUCH closer. In boulder you obviously can be bouldering or doing routes after work and it'll be quality too, but in Davis I'd say that any real quality is going to be a full day trip.

Hope that helps. I'm still pretty new here, so I'm sure there are many others who can offer good opinions on the subject too.


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By Eric Fernandez
From Dixon, CA
Apr 14, 2014

That sums it up pretty good. Can go to Yosemite for the weekend or anywhere around Tahoe for the day. Eastern Sierra for a weekend your talking at least 5 hrs, but what is there is insane. Nut tree boulders are pretty fun but hot in summer, very climate in winter. Gym in Davis is small but has great community and great routes for a small gym, and meme worship is like 35 bux a month. mountain biking is good just again at least an hr drive little more for really good stuff.

Just as good if not better than everything around boulder just a little further away.


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By J. Albers
From Colorado
Apr 14, 2014
Bucky

Search the forums....there is quite a bit of info.
See here:

www.mountainproject.com/v/moving-to-sacramento/107126047#a_1>>>

www.mountainproject.com/v/relocating-to-truckee--climber-adv>>>

www.mountainproject.com/v/moving-to-sacramento---need-partne>>>

www.mountainproject.com/v/which-gym-to-go-to-in-sac/10743354>>>

www.mountainproject.com/v/new-north-lake-tahoe-guide/1071584>>>

Having lived in Davis for many years (grad school), I can tell you that day trips are limited to a handful of sport and trad areas that range from an hour and ten minutes away (e.g. Sugarloaf) to a little over two hours (all of Tahoe and Table Mtn. areas). In other words, don't expect to be able to climb after work, but day trips are certainly feasible. That said, the amount of insanely amazing rock available on the weekends is astounding. I live in Boulder and I am not sure which place I enjoy more because while Boulder has some very convenient climbing (i.e. 20 minutes away), I find that the best of what Northern CA has to offer is superior to CO (though I will admit that I am a granite junky). On the plus side, the gym in Sac (Pipeworks) is far superior to any of the gyms in Boulder, so training will not suffer. Good luck.


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