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May 28, 2012
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Dude, my clutch went out on Friday and I'm ready for that thing to be running again. Even a beater car is worth it. Plus, it sure helps when you can drive to the gf's house, knowamean? Get that 1993 Geo Prism and put a bike rack on it. Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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boulder Drew Clements
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May 28, 2012
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Going carless and you lose out on the experience of driving 450 miles on a road trip in a vehicle you barely trust enough to get you to the grocery store. Oh, the nights driving home in the dread of night staring at the temperature gauge and seeing it creep up higher and higher. The sick, depressing sound of a dying starter on a cold morning. The ill feeling of a clutch pedal going to the floor and staying there.

And what, you are trading that for stiff bike seats, numb palms, and grinding bike gears in the rain? Yeah, it hasn't rained on me yet, but it's coming I'm sure. Ha ha ha.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
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May 29, 2012
It rains on me quite a bit up here, but you get used to it. And you buy rain gear.

Thanks for all the responses. I guess someday I'll have to check out boulder....It sounds like thats the only viable option in the states. Squamish/Vancouver does sound cool, but those 6-8 months of rain get me down. I'm definitely going to look into Switzerland and Barcelona some more.

My ideal setup would be somewhere where I can have a decent job and access to the amenities of a city or at least a decent town, and not need a climbing gym to climb every day. I like owning a car, and I like driving, but I think it is stupid and a waste of time and resources to drive everywhere all the time.
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dylanfllr wrote:
Thanks for all the responses. I guess someday I'll have to check out boulder....It sounds like thats the only viable option in the states.


Maybe the longest happy dance to Boulder yet
J. Broussard
From CordryCorner
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May 29, 2012
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May be too small for you but Durango is an option. Awesome in town bouldering, East Animas a short ride away. s.price
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Oct 16, 2012
Maybe a coincidence he lives in Seattle, but there is a really cool story about temporarily living without a car and still getting outside.

pupuplatters.com/pupuplayer/pr...

Google: "Dirtbag Diaries: No Car No Problem" if the link doesn't work.
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Boise... If you live up on table rock Ethan Mansfield
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Or you can ride your bike to several hundred basalt sport routes... Ethan Mansfield
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Oct 16, 2012
Me, of course
The bus stops all along Boulder canyon, you can walk to the flatirons from town, biking to eldo is easy. Evan S
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Oct 16, 2012
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dylanfllr wrote:
Lets say we run out of petroleum tomorrow..


If we truly ran out of petrol tomorrow, Yosemite would be the place to be.

Architectural jobs would be hard to come by though. :-)

Where did you end up?
Marc H
From Lafayette, CO
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Oct 16, 2012
Any place in Europe will beat even the best place (Boulder) in the US. Eric Engberg
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Oct 16, 2012
Colorado Springs, pretty easy to ride a bike to climbing and I'd bet there's work for an architect John D
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Oct 16, 2012
after the hard stuff, into cruiser hands.
Charles Vernon wrote:
Maybe no one has mentioned it because Boulder is kind of a cliche, but Boulder is by far the best place I can think of for access to lots of high quality climbing without a car. All of Eldo, the Flatirons, lower Boulder Canyon, plus tons of great bouldering are relatively short bike/bus rides away.


+1
NickinCO
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Oct 16, 2012
First climb after knee surgery
If you've opened it up to anywhere in the world, when I was living in Tokyo, i climbed atleast 2 days a week and 3 weeks ( Christmas/ New Years timeframe, Golden wek the last week of April and Oban ( respect for the dead week) in August.) along with my vacation time. Using the train system and sometime buses, i was always getting out rock, ice or alpine climbing.... chuck claude
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Oct 17, 2012
Eric Engberg wrote:
Any place in Europe will beat even the best place (Boulder) in the US.



+10000000000

Couldn't agree more, but if you don't mind the valley, I think you can do alright without a car in Yosemite.
skiclimber
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Oct 17, 2012
Gym climbing in Korea
South Korea: koreaontherocks.com/

Public trans here is great and there are a lot of English teaching jobs that don't require you to speak Korean.
Chad Sontag
From Vacaville, CA
Joined Mar 23, 2007
171 points
Oct 17, 2012
Chamonix, perhaps. Forget buses; take the Midi cable car from town to go climbing.

Stateside, North Conway deserves a mention for being very close to rock.
JCM
From Seattle, WA
Joined Jun 9, 2008
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Oct 17, 2012
boulder fit your criteria. You can jog from downtown to the flat irons in 10 min. If your willing to jump on the buss and bring your bike along , you can catch a ride to Nederland on the N line, and coast down boulder canyon to any crag you care to stop at, the traffic makes this a bit sketchy but still reasonable. Getting to Eldo becomes a bit more complicated though nick frazee
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Oct 17, 2012
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There are lots of crags in the Frankenjura that are accessible by bike, train, or a combination of both and there are lots of cities here (Nuremberg, Bamberg, Bayreuth, Forchheim, Weiden, Amberg, etc.) which have great job opportunities. I only have experience with taking the train from Nuremberg to the crags, so I'm not sure what it's like from Bamberg or Bayreuth. Bamberg is probably crap, but Bayreuth is probably good. I've taken my bike on the train once to reach one of the further-away-from-the-train-stop crags and it was rough because the hill was brutally steep with that pack on. But otherwise, there are several crags accessible from the train stops - take a look at the Frankenjura site here to see some examples (it's not fully developed yet). Having said that, having a car here is even nicer because you're not limited anymore to only what you can reach by train. But I know it's possible since I lived here 1.5 years before buying a car. Shawn Heath
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Oct 17, 2012
You stay away from mah pig!
Eric Engberg wrote:
Any place in Europe will beat even the best place (Boulder) in the US.


Socialist! Why do you hate our Freedom(tm)?
camhead
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Oct 17, 2012
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the valley!!! a.brown
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Oct 17, 2012
camhead wrote:
Socialist! Why do you hate our Freedom(tm)?


Because your not as free as you think you are! The mountains aren't closed in Europe, I have more freedoms in Europe then here, that's for sure.
skiclimber
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39 points
Oct 17, 2012
camhead wrote:
Socialist!


You say it like that is a bad thing.
Eric Engberg
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Oct 17, 2012
Christopher M. wrote:
Do you know how to ride a horse? Best solution for when we run out of oil.


I've owned horses and this ain't no solution. You're gonna spend all your time and money caring for the horses. Nice fantasy but not a reality.
Keny Glasscock
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