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Oct 17, 2012
the frozen topout during a winter ascent
a.brown wrote:
the valley!!!

+1 for the valley
Nick Zmyewski
From Newark, Delaware
Joined Jun 2, 2011
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Oct 17, 2012
spokane has a fair amount of cragging in town (though not world class). Bishop would be manageable too. frankstoneline
Joined Apr 23, 2009
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Oct 17, 2012
Chillin' at City of Rocks
There are many places to climb without a car...... We all know that, but the OP did also state that one must be able to find work as well. So I wonder, how easy is it to find a good year round job in the Valley or Zion? Or for an American in Squamish???? Just saying..... Princess Mia
From Vail
Joined May 22, 2006
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Oct 17, 2012
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Move to Joshua Tree and get on Food stamps...

Fuk working!
Locker
From Yucca Valley, CA
Joined Oct 13, 2002
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Oct 17, 2012
Fitzroy09
Barcelona is great take a train to Montserrat or other areas and walk in. Get a job in Yosemite? Park Service, environmental ed, work at the clinic? Best afterwork cragging around! St. George, UT has an incredible variety of climbing within biking distance.

Is there a bus into the canyons in Salt Lake City?
Keith Robinson
Joined Aug 2, 2008
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Oct 17, 2012
I am currently planning on a bike/climbing tour through Europe in the spring. So I would say an entire continent isn't too far out of reach if you are motivated. Terence
From Almont, CO
Joined Jun 16, 2010
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Oct 17, 2012
Boulder baby! I'm no architect outside of Legos, but I have a job, and I don't work to hard to ride to all the crags everyone else mentioned.

haha this thread is awesome - half the people hate on Boulder super hard (arguably deserved), half the people have super hard Boulder-boners(arguably deserved)!

You should visit and make a decision, don't listen to us chumps!
Jordan Scampoli
From Boulder
Joined May 10, 2011
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Oct 17, 2012
Hippos kill people
Yangshuo China. A lifetime of cragging within walking/biking distance, and they have a KFC! germsauce
Joined Jun 14, 2010
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Oct 17, 2012
Hippos kill people
Jordan Scampoli wrote:
Boulder baby! I'm no architect outside of Legos, but I have a job, and I don't work to hard to ride to all the crags everyone else mentioned. haha this thread is awesome - half the people hate on Boulder super hard (arguably deserved), half the people have super hard Boulder-boners(arguably deserved)! You should visit and make a decision, don't listen to us chumps!



Well said! I hate this place because i have a perma-boner for it. kinda hurts.
germsauce
Joined Jun 14, 2010
66 points
Oct 17, 2012
If you are willing to ride a bike, they go about 1/3 to 1/2 as fast as a car. John Husky
Joined May 10, 2011
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Nov 9, 2012
just picked up on this thread after googling "car-less climbers".
in a word, yes. although i've embraced the bike there are numerous other options for going car-less and I'm glad you're looking into this. don't listen to the nay-sayers, they are in an oil-induced fantasy.
bicycling is the way.
my girlfriend and I got rid of our van to experiment with car-less climbing this summer in Leavenworth, Washington. Leavenworth is probably one of the easiest places to make this happen, with quality crags and boulders starting at just 1/2 a mile from town. Literally 1/2 a mile up Tumwater Canyon, more quality climbing up the Icicle, with a ride of anywhere between 4-15 miles. Trailheads to the alpine are either 4 or about 12 miles from town. Finding a job in Leavenworth is easy, numerous bavarian related touristy shit, restaurants, and white water river guiding on the Wenatchee. If you're trying to be an architect, you might have luck, it's an affluent place and there were high-class houses going up all over, but if you want to be a little more into your field I'd probably recommend seattle, which i've heard of some folks doing similar stuff in, but you can't crag there every day. Granted, Leavenworth is home to mainly moderate climbing but we kept pretty busy, with our focus being alpine routes that required a 14-15 mile ride and 5-10 mile hike one way. Leavenworth was great and we barely touched the bouldering and only once went to Index, which is close and we should have made it to more. Our summer was a total success, we are now excited to be committed to climbing without a car. We've moved back to SLC and are stoked to do the same thing here next summer. If you're looking for a city to do this in, SLC is it, with TONS of great climbing within biking distance and buses to get you closer. Doing it right now. Anyway, stoked to see other folks talking about this, I've spent way too much time online searching and delving into the world of car-less and human powered climbing and I'd love to share what I've found so that other's don't have to spend so much time staring at the computer. FYI we're doing this for environmental reasons but are in no way boycotting oil, we're into carpooling or generally being creative with mobility. We've kept a blog following our trips and whatnot, check it out here at natureofmotion.blogspot.com
run out of oil? not the point. if we were to run out of oil, driving to go climbing would be the least of our worries..pollution, burning fuel, taking care of the environment, embracing adventure. cheap fuel has turned the worlds great ranges into playgrounds you can reach in a few short hours, relying on cars, planes, and cash. isn't alpinism about doing more with less? ditch the car, ride your bike, increase the adventure. satisfaction is biking to the crag and climbing a pitch. it is possible to ride to and climb mt everest on your bike, nuff said. as climbers we have a responsability to be stewards to the environment and leaders in the sustainable revolution. sorry for the rant, i'm just super-duper stoked on this. ride on dylan.
Tim Rogers
Joined Feb 10, 2012
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Nov 11, 2012
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Be a bum in the Obed. walk errywherrrr mozeman
Joined Dec 17, 2010
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Nov 11, 2012
yaak crack Red Rock Canyon, NV
Plenty of places; boulder, golden, las vegas (red rock canyon) to name a few. You'll probably want a bike for most of them though, and a nice paycheck to afford the rent/mortgage. Places like this are generally pretty expensive, unless you're willing to move to Thailand or China or something. Jon Zucco
From Denver, CO
Joined Aug 15, 2008
357 points
Nov 11, 2012
Tim Rogers wrote:
just picked up on this thread after googling "car-less climbers". in a word, yes. although i've embraced the bike there are numerous other options for going car-less and I'm glad you're looking into this. don't listen to the nay-sayers, they are in an oil-induced fantasy. bicycling is the way. my girlfriend and I got rid of our van to experiment with car-less climbing this summer in Leavenworth, Washington. Leavenworth is probably one of the easiest places to make this happen, with quality crags and boulders starting at just 1/2 a mile from town. Literally 1/2 a mile up Tumwater Canyon, more quality climbing up the Icicle, with a ride of anywhere between 4-15 miles. Trailheads to the alpine are either 4 or about 12 miles from town. Finding a job in Leavenworth is easy, numerous bavarian related touristy shit, restaurants, and white water river guiding on the Wenatchee. If you're trying to be an architect, you might have luck, it's an affluent place and there were high-class houses going up all over, but if you want to be a little more into your field I'd probably recommend seattle, which i've heard of some folks doing similar stuff in, but you can't crag there every day. Granted, Leavenworth is home to mainly moderate climbing but we kept pretty busy, with our focus being alpine routes that required a 14-15 mile ride and 5-10 mile hike one way. Leavenworth was great and we barely touched the bouldering and only once went to Index, which is close and we should have made it to more. Our summer was a total success, we are now excited to be committed to climbing without a car. We've moved back to SLC and are stoked to do the same thing here next summer. If you're looking for a city to do this in, SLC is it, with TONS of great climbing within biking distance and buses to get you closer. Doing it right now. Anyway, stoked to see other folks talking about this, I've spent way too much time online searching and delving into the world of car-less and human powered climbing and I'd love to share what I've found so that other's don't have to spend so much time staring at the computer. FYI we're doing this for environmental reasons but are in no way boycotting oil, we're into carpooling or generally being creative with mobility. We've kept a blog following our trips and whatnot, check it out here at natureofmotion.blogspot.com run out of oil? not the point. if we were to run out of oil, driving to go climbing would be the least of our worries..pollution, burning fuel, taking care of the environment, embracing adventure. cheap fuel has turned the worlds great ranges into playgrounds you can reach in a few short hours, relying on cars, planes, and cash. isn't alpinism about doing more with less? ditch the car, ride your bike, increase the adventure. satisfaction is biking to the crag and climbing a pitch. it is possible to ride to and climb mt everest on your bike, nuff said. as climbers we have a responsability to be stewards to the environment and leaders in the sustainable revolution. sorry for the rant, i'm just super-duper stoked on this. ride on dylan.


Hoping to make the move from central wa to SLC too, I've heard lots of rumors about accessibility of climbing without a car there, I take it these rumors are at least somewhat founded then?
frankstoneline
Joined Apr 23, 2009
22 points
Nov 11, 2012
The Frey in Bariloche AR is a very easy place to climb without a car.

Prod.
prod.
From Boulder, Co
Joined Nov 29, 2008
52 points
Nov 13, 2012
cool link, i'll check out the blog next time autocad freezes.

I actually currently live in Seattle, which is great for biking as a city, but doesn't do much for getting out. I'll probably buy a car soon, but I've been without for a couple months now. It is really easy to get out to Issaquah by bus and ride or run through Tiger or Cougar, but getting all the way out to North Bend to climb is pretty time consuming and difficult, and it doesn't run on Sundays.
dylanfllr
Joined Feb 14, 2012
3 points
Nov 17, 2012
frankstoneline wrote:
Hoping to make the move from central wa to SLC too, I've heard lots of rumors about accessibility of climbing without a car there, I take it these rumors are at least somewhat founded then?


They are, and they will only get better with the Utah Transit Authority's plan to expand service in the tri-canyon area. not to mention privately owned shuttles to st. george and zion.
Tim Rogers
Joined Feb 10, 2012
0 points
Nov 18, 2012
Nick Stayner near the crux. Ryan Minton photo.
Just to throw a couple of randoms out there, beautiful Billings, MT has plenty of 4-star cragging within biking distance from the heart of the city. Also probably decent job opportunities for an architect.

Cody, WY has some excellent rock climbing that's an easy couple-mile bike ride from downtown also.
Nick Stayner
From Billings, MT
Joined Mar 6, 2006
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