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Mar 3, 2014
My post (see above a few lines) is not from a year ago... thanks for the info on climbing areas. If you can tell me about the gyms I'd appreciate it also. Mrs Cracklover
From Denver, more or less
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the City Climb gym in New Haven is OK if you like staying close to home, Prime Climb is a slight step up but 15 miles away then there is the new Glastonbury gym 25 miles away that I have not been to and is supposed to be really good/modern but a bit pricey. I have heard nothing good about Carrabiners. T Roper
From VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
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Mar 3, 2014
Thanks! Mrs Cracklover
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Mar 3, 2014
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huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/26/... Travis Dustin
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they dont call it Gun Wavin New Haven for no reason!
T Roper
From VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
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Nick Votto wrote:
Haha this is a year old never mind.......hope it went well!


I was surprised to get a notification on it! My visa still hasn't arrived, nothing happened for months the department of state had massive delays. We're hopefully going to live in Glastonbury. I was at Central rock in January and it is one of the best walls I have been to ... even though it didn't even have that many routes set yet and the big overhang was being reset so couldn't even climb on that!
BritishDan
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amarillo sunset
Ive lived in wilton, CT my whole life and i cannot wait to get the fuck out of here and never return. i recommend not living here...in case you couldnt tell. andyelliott
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Mar 5, 2014
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andyelliott wrote:
Ive lived in wilton, CT my whole life and i cannot wait to get the fuck out of here and never return. i recommend not living here...in case you couldnt tell.


haha I've never looked back after moving to CO almost 8 years ago. All my friends stopped asking if I was moving back a loooonnnggg time ago. Must be the pictures of me snowboarding in July that showed the finality of my move. haha
Scott McMahon
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Mar 6, 2014
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Mrs Cracklover, I was at City Climb in December and again 3 days ago after 3 months of regularly going to Prime Climb. City Climb routes are shorter and were the same as they were 3 months ago - except some tape was missing. Prime Climb changes their routes much more often.

Prime Climb also sells some gear (no pro) and shoes. City Climb does not.

OTOH, City Climb has some exercise equipment (Treadmill, Bike, elliptical) that you can use.

I have not been to the gym in Glastonbury or to Carabiners and am not associated with any gym other than being a customer.
wivanoff
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Mar 6, 2014
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andyelliott wrote:
Ive lived in wilton, CT my whole life and i cannot wait to get the fuck out of here and never return. i recommend not living here...in case you couldnt tell.


If you arent here in CT for work the question is----> why are you still in CT?
T Roper
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Mar 6, 2014
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MJMobes wrote:
If you arent here in CT for work the question is----> why are you still in CT?


I graduated college and im living in my parents house until i find a job...hopefully soon. im 0 - 2 with interviews so far though.
andyelliott
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Mar 6, 2014
@wivanoff: Thanks, that's helpful.

How tall are the walls at City climb/Prime Climb/Glastonbury?
Mrs Cracklover
From Denver, more or less
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Mrs Cracklover wrote:
@wivanoff: Thanks, that's helpful. How tall are the walls at City climb/Prime Climb/Glastonbury?


City Climb claims 30' tall, 7000 sq ft, 35 ropes
Prime Climb claims 40' tall, 15000 sq ft, 42 ropes
Stone Age claims 32' tall, 4500 sq ft, ? ropes
Carabiners claims 45' tall, ? sq ft, 75 ropes
Central Rock Gym (Glastonbury) claims 40' tall, 25000 sq ft, ? ropes

I do not know this for a fact but I've heard that Carabiner's does not allow leading and requires you belay with a GriGri. Leading is allowed at the others. Brien at PC runs some outdoor programs in summer. Kevin at Stone Age is an AMGA guide and I think his bread and butter is guiding. Dunno about the others.

Give me a shout when you get here and I can answer questions/show you around or connect you with someone who can. Source: climbed here for over 30 years, have contributed to 4 different guidebooks.
wivanoff
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Mar 6, 2014
enjoying the static, grappel and a smoke on Dana.....
grew up in CT, for anyone saying anywhere specific is safe....beware. I grew up in one of the "nicer" towns, never leave your car unlocked with anything in it. there are downsides to basically any town, drugs violence are pretty much anywhere.

I was never a fan of the ct climbing, hence why im in az. but there are worse states to live and you are, as many folks said close to other climbing areas. The beaches are nice in most areas.


  • Used to go to the gym in new haven, saw a shooting once a few blocks away and another time the police walked into the gym looking for someone...haha but decent gym for sure.
erik kapec
From prescott, az
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Mar 6, 2014
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"I do not know this for a fact but I've heard that Carabiner's does not allow leading and requires you belay with a GriGri."

carabiners has a massive lead wall and you can lead anything with draws on it on the TR routes. you dont need a grigri, either. just watch out for the manager becasue shes a total bitch.
andyelliott
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Mar 6, 2014
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andyelliott wrote:
carabiners has a massive lead wall and you can lead anything with draws on it on the TR routes. you dont need a grigri, either.

Thanks for the clarification. People I heard that from must have been talking about Carabiners New Bedford, MA

From their website:
"Q. Can I use an ATC or tube style belay device?
A. Carabinerís New Bedford does not allow ATC or other tube-style belay devices. The only belay device allowed to be used is the Petzl Grigri."

andyelliott wrote:
just watch out for the manager becasue shes a total bitch.

I've heard that from several people. No personal experience

Anyway, I found this in case anyone's interested:
indoorclimbing.com/connecticut...
wivanoff
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Mar 6, 2014
I graduated college and im living in my parents house until i find a job...hopefully soon. im 0 - 2 with interviews so far though
This has got to be tricky when briging chicks home to bang. Anywho, it'll be warming up soon, you could hit the street corner and make some fast cash.
mitchy
From nunya gotdamn business.
Joined Aug 29, 2009
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Mar 6, 2014
Thanks again everyone. Particularly the for the tech specs.

Fortunately I'm not opposed to having to belay with a grigri.
Mrs Cracklover
From Denver, more or less
Joined Nov 5, 2007
4 points
Mar 6, 2014
the man was smart
mitchy wrote:
Anywho, it'll be warming up soon, you could hit the street corner and make some fast cash.


It doesnt surprise me that someone who says "anywho" would recommend this tactic.
;)
T Roper
From VA,NM,UT,CT,MA
Joined Mar 31, 2006
1,056 points
Sep 22, 2014
Hello well how is it going either of you move to the state?
Where did you settle ? And have you been to the Gunks ?
This summer, every weekend was perfect and I kept thinking ,
That you guys were very lucky
Michael Schneider
Joined Apr 24, 2014
138 points
Sep 22, 2014
Michael Schneider wrote:
Hello well how is it going either of you move to the state? Where did you settle ? And have you been to the Gunks ? This summer, every weekend was perfect and I kept thinking , That you guys were very lucky


I ended up getting my Visa in June and moving here at the end of July. We're living in Storrs/Mansfield area until December but then I think will move to Southington, West Hartford or Middletown as my wife runs experiments at Wesleyan aswell as UCONN.

Not managed to get to the Gunks this summer but have climbed a lot in Connecticut, I really like how convenient the climbing is, even to go for a few hours on a weekend, or after work (Cheshire area) is worth the short drive. A lot of things are annoying about CT, silly laws, taxes and 8 hour safe driving class, but I think it's a good place to live as a climber. I really like trap rock. Just lucky to be here now with my wife really though, thanks for asking :)

And yes the weather has been mostly really good, is that unusual for the summer here? Can't be more fickle than the British weather where it's usually sunny all week and then wet at the weekend.
BritishDan
Joined Jul 24, 2012
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Sep 22, 2014
Bolton, VT
And now welcome the real prime-time climbing weather!!! Nick Votto
Joined Jul 27, 2008
282 points
Sep 23, 2014
guide book
I split my time between Mansfield and the Cheshire area, if you're looking for a local climbing partner hit me up and I can either climb with you or point you in the direction of somebody that can / the Uconn Climbing Club thebmags
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Sep 23, 2014
JSH @ home  photo courtesy of Gabe Ostriker
Just curious - where is the climbing in Cheshire? I grew up there ... JSH
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Sep 23, 2014
A Very Not Snowy Christmas...
CT can't suck that much.. another new sport line FA'd last night in a major CT city, 15 min from MetroNorth and a 5 min walk from your car. It ain't boulder but it aint a total bag either, hardly sucks compared to say Kansas or the rest of the midwest...

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