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Tadalac

climber
Napa, ca
Topic Author's Original Post - May 16, 2012 - 06:37pm PT
Moving to Denver in late September from the great bay area of sf!!! I'm excited about being able to call the Rockies my home, however on my recent job/gym/house hunting trip I learned that Denver might be the most deprived city in the us when it comes to decent indoor climbing facilities. How is it that I have over ten state of the art rock gyms to choose from in the greater bay area (this doesn't even include sac area gyms) and almost all offer 10,000-25,000 sqft of climbing, yoga, fitness equipment, and classes such as spin, cross fit, and trx training, yet Denver, the biggest city in CO, home of some of the worlds most amazing outdoor climbing (eldo canyon, boulder, Estes, flat irons, etc, etc), has thresh climbing gyms...of which only one boasts over 10,000 sqft of climbing, all have goofy hours (minus dbc...but what they makenup for in 24 hr access, they lack in age, and over pricing), and none have any sort of decent general fitness equiptment or classes, and all are STILL priced over 55$ a month (which I'm fine with paying if any offered the appropriate amenities, seeing as how I can pay around $60 a month here and have access to multiple locations like with pg or touchstone.)

This leaves me hoping there is a future best friend out there with a sick home wall, or a series os dry winters so I won't need plastic. Any advice or connections to be made about that home wall???

Really any climbing beta would be greatly appreciated! I would say that first and foremost I am a boulderer (this is because I have had trouble finding a consistent climbing partner and it's convienance), but I love the ropes too! Nothing like placing gear and climbing multiple pitches! I am approximately a v4-6 boulderer and barely a sub .12 climber and upper .10 leader occasionally leading into the 11s.

In the end who cares about the gym (although it is a bummer about the lack of both quality and quantity of gyms in Denver) situation, I am psyched to see what the Rockies have to offer after having explored such awesome Cali/western states areas as Yosemite, Tahoe, smith rocks, Squamish and the eastern sierras...
Prod

Trad climber
May 16, 2012 - 06:49pm PT
yet Denver, the biggest city in CO, home of some of the worlds most amazing outdoor climbing (eldo canyon, boulder, Estes, flat irons, etc, etc),

Uh.... Eldo and Boulder and the Flatirons are in Boulder.

You should consider moving here, to Boulder, if you want to climb. For indoor we have Boulder Rock Club, Movement, the Spot, and Cats. Lots of Boulder folks work in Denver.

Denver is more like a city, people there dress up to go out to dinner and worry about who has what new SUV.

Also for real climbing you'll be driving 1 plus hours from Denver, or 4 minutes from Boulder?

But whatever the case, Welcome to Colorado!!!

Prod.
Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
May 16, 2012 - 07:07pm PT
What gym did you frequent in Napa?
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
May 16, 2012 - 07:23pm PT
If you move to the Denver/Boulder area you don't have to worry about indoor or outdoor climbing anymore. As far as I can tell, all they do down there is have Happy Hour get-togethers and talk about climbing.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 16, 2012 - 07:38pm PT
Did someone say happy hour?
Tadalac

climber
Napa, ca
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2012 - 08:14pm PT
@prod...I would, but I'm moving to Denver for/with the lady friends as she will be attending nursing school. Trust me already tried to talk her into living in boulder.
@capt. Ive been a member at rockzilla, and rocknasium, and a frequenter at touchstone and planet granite.
@locker. Where is better than boulder that you hail from? And what did I say about shoes??

In terms of driving an hour plus, I aint scurred. I've spent more than half my life making the three hour drive to Tahoe to snowboard and climb. As frequently as once a week or more in the past few years...I've even been know to drive four hours to Yosemite for just a day trip...

mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 16, 2012 - 08:17pm PT
I hear they have some good gyms in Florida.
Prod

Trad climber
May 16, 2012 - 08:18pm PT
Locker, you live closer to Boulder than Denver, or about 1/2 way in between.

To the OP. If you make less that 65K a year, there are some great financial aid programs here in Boulder. I have a friend who bought a place in the Steel Yards, the same place where she was renting. Her rent was $1600 a month for a 2 bedroom unit. Her mortgage is $750 a month for the exact same floor plan.

Prod.

Decko

Trad climber
Colorado
May 16, 2012 - 08:38pm PT
Boulder is over priced...........

Denver or one of the Western Burbs is just fine.....

I live on the West side of "The City"......

30 min drive to Eldo......

15 to Clear Creek, (edit crap pile)

I mean why clip crappy sport routes when Eldo is 15 mins further away.

Lumpy maybe an hour,

As if your truly a climber you get up EARLY and there is no traffic

This is the West you drive to do everything....

The gyms are OK but there are so many climbable days outdoors you can work and crank outside a good portion of the year.

The rest is just spray >>>>>>>>>>>>>>

BTW when you get to town if you need a partner hit me up.....

J~





Capt.

climber
some eastside hovel
May 16, 2012 - 08:48pm PT
Tadalac...Wow,sorry to give ya' shite.I graduated from HS in Napa and really didn't think they even had a climbing gym. Really,just ribbin' ya. Along the real line of yer post though.Don't do it!!
Tadalac

climber
Napa, ca
Topic Author's Reply - May 16, 2012 - 11:16pm PT
@ mike m....hahaha maybe if I wasn't in search of any actual rock I would go there...but for now I'll save it for when they make climbing accessible walkers. Nobody like the gym that much, and it's definitely a small downside to living in/near the Rockies, but it's nice to have a place to go when you only have an hour or two and a good place to hang out and spray/make climbing connections and other friends. Surprised that sf (which is really about 3hours+ from any decent amount of quality climbing, while close to plenty of average climbing) has so much more to offer gym wise. Especially since I feel like everyone is always talking about how active of a community colorado has. I just want a place to do some training for climbing, maybe a little yoga and or crossfit or trx training all in the same place for one monthly payment. Don't want to have to have two or three gym memberships just to get my cross training in.
philo

Trad climber
Somewhere halfway over the rainbow
May 17, 2012 - 12:37am PT
Locker is the Huffington Poster.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 17, 2012 - 12:48am PT
Get a mountain bike/roadie, ice tools, skis, ect. No climbing gyms where I live so you just have to go outside. Plenty to do in the Denver area. You could probably climb 300 days a year at Morrison, Eldo, the flat irons, horsetoodth, Garden of the Gods, the South Platte, and Table Mountain.
nature

climber
CO
May 17, 2012 - 12:52am PT
Prod, I need to talk to you about that "financial" aid for buying in Boulder. I'm house shopping.

BTW, did you get the invite for sushi on Sunday?
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
May 17, 2012 - 12:57am PT
Why worry? You're that much closer to Rifle!
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
May 17, 2012 - 01:59am PT
Less emphasis on gyms in the front range because you don't have to drive 6 hours to get to decent rock.
Prod

Trad climber
May 17, 2012 - 09:13am PT
Nature,

Give me a shout, I can put you in touch with my friend who just bought a house this way. She'll be way more helpful that I can be.

Invite? Sushi? Nope. Where and what time?

Prod.
rmsusa

Trad climber
Boulder
May 17, 2012 - 09:31am PT
Most of that "financial aid" is city subsidized purchase that comes with deed restrictions. You'll pay less, but you also don't get to participate in any appreciation. You'll also have to prove that you're poor and proud of it.
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
May 17, 2012 - 09:36am PT
If you are poor how do you even afford a cheap house in Boulder.
Rankin

Social climber
Greensboro, North Carolina
May 17, 2012 - 09:48am PT
The best of both worlds in Denver. I'd love to live there. The only way I could buy in Boulder is if I made a ton of $$$ in the city. Isn't it always that way. Good luck in Colorado fella.
nature

climber
CO
May 17, 2012 - 10:12am PT
yeah, I'm actually not poor enough to qualify.
nature

climber
CO
May 17, 2012 - 10:32am PT
I'd bail on bailing or just do nothing.

Cripes... Looking at Zillow and houses available in Boulder you can't get in for anything less than $300K. I'm searching for $200K or less.

Aurora it is! ;-)
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
May 17, 2012 - 10:50am PT
I've never quite understood people complaining that Boulder is expensive as being some sort of surprise:
Of course Boulder is much more expensive than the surrounding communities.
If you're priced out of Boulder, don't worry, just get in as close as you can. Maybe that's Louisiville, or if you're a little farther down the economic ladder, Schlongmont.

If I wanted to move to So. Cal but was upset that I couldn't get a place in Beverly Hills or Malibu, what would you say?
Crump

Social climber
Lakewood, CO
May 17, 2012 - 11:30am PT
If you move to Boulder you have to have a cause. Most miserable person in Boulder is a fat person without a cause!

If it is Denver, you need a gun because all us like to shoot while we climb!!!
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