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what's the climbing scene like in Carlsbad?
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By Don McGrath
From fort collins, CO
Jan 5, 2013

Exploring a job there and like to get some beta on what it would be like from a climbing perspective.

Thanks,
Don


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By Andy Laakmann
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From Bend, OR
Jan 5, 2013
Racked and loaded... name that splitter behind me? Hint, its on Supercrack Buttress

30 minutes (not at rush hour) to a great gym (Mesa Rim)
90 minutes to Riverside Quarry sport climbing
2 hours to Tahquitz/Suicide
3 hours to Joshua Tree
5 hours to Red Rocks
6 hours to Bishop
8 hours to Yosemite

There is some local San Diego climbing, but it will still be solid 90 minute drive at least (not counting Woodson which are short top-ropes) and it all got developed since I left. I think the approaches tend to be pretty epic, thus it isn't a place you'll visit often.

In short, most your climbing will be weekend warrior style... but to great destinations. If you are looking for after work climbing on real rock, or easy 6 hour day trips, you'll be disappointed.

You are 1 minute from world class surfing though :)

San Diego traffic SUCKS. If you can live and work in Carlsbad you'll be pretty happy, though you'll get grumpy driving to the gym and it will be far enough where you probably won't carry a membership.


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By ZakM
From Boulder, CO
Jan 5, 2013

There is a bouldering only gym in Carlsbad that I found to be worth my time and money. www.vitalclimbinggym.com/ It is relatively small but the problem setting was generally pretty good and I didn't find it all that crowded typically. I stopped going about 1.5 years ago when I moved away.


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By Benjamin Quinones
Jan 5, 2013
My first TR 11a The Long Arm of the Law, Motherlode, Central Pinacles in Big Bear.

There are plenty of outdoor climbing areas to be thankful for in SD and I highly recommend it! Check out the crags listed here on MP and decide for yourself.


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By Chris G.
From San Diego, CA
Jan 6, 2013
The Gallery, Red Rocks

We have some great multi-pitch areas but they do require some sweat on the approach. The beautiful thing is that many people tend not to be there when you finally arrive, leaving you and your partner to great climbs with zero lines


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