What's to like about the Pacific Northwest?


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Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 19, 2012 - 01:18am PT
The coffee's pretty good. I won't buy a cup of coffee south of, say, Grants Pass.

Every town - no matter how small - has its own brewery. Even little one-horse towns like Laconner, Port Townsend, and Birdsview have outstanding local breweries.

Bleu cheese cheeseburgers. With applewood smoked bacon. Flyers in Oak Harbor makes a good one ( and brews good beer, too ). Seeds in Laconner makes a better one. The best one I found was at Rouge River Brewing out on a pier on the Colombia River in Astoria.

And Vern Fonk commercials.

Hot dogs with cream cheese aren't bad, either.

A long way from where I started
Sep 19, 2012 - 01:22am PT
It's as close to Squamish as you can get without actually being in Canada.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 19, 2012 - 01:30am PT
Canada's Pacific South West shares yer border and if you ever cross it Chaz, You have to sample JAPADOG ! The best street meat in town:


Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Sep 19, 2012 - 01:41am PT
The incredible coastline
Mt. Rainier, Adams, ect.
Old growth forests
The ferry system
San Juan Islands, especially Orcas Island

Market Spice Tea
Fresh oysters

The great book store in Seattle
Feathered Friends

and on and on..... love it up there!

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Sep 19, 2012 - 01:48am PT
" I won't buy a cup of coffee south of, say, Grants Pass. "

Believe it or not, Dutch Brothers coffee in Medford/Ashland is pretty good.

Social climber
Portland, Oregon
Sep 19, 2012 - 02:12am PT
Hail Cascadia!

Trad climber
Fumbling towards stone
Sep 19, 2012 - 02:15am PT

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Sep 19, 2012 - 03:46am PT
Second on the Dutch Brothers. Great brew.

My home town is Forks...to me it will always be the "Logging Capitol Of The World" not "Twilight Town"...

There are so many things to like about the PNW...the forests, the hunting, the people. Wonderful fishing, camping, climbing and peak bagging. Hurricane Ridge in the spring, Crescent Lake, and so much more. Totem poles, the ferns and the wildlife.

I miss my home town sometimes!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Sep 19, 2012 - 06:18am PT
I guess I was lookin' at the wrong piece of meat in that first Japadog photo...

What's to like about the Pacific Northwest?

Vancouver, BC
Whistler-Blackcomb, BC
Mt. Baker Ski Area
Vancouver Island, BC
Olympic coast
AWESOME scuba diving
Did I mention awesome scuba diving?
REAL alpine climbing

Summit of Forbidden Peak, North Cascades
Summit of Forbidden Peak, North Cascades
Credit: Sierra Ledge Rat

Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Sep 19, 2012 - 07:02am PT
Lots and many have been mentioned.

Weather-really, I sometimes get tired of sun 360 days a year
Tattoos-I don't have 'em and don't plan on getting any, but darn there sure are a lot of them up there
Skiing-it ain't pow (okay on occasion) but still
Rivers-rafting, kayaking, fishing, dreaming, wandering, listening...
Wildlife-of the flora and fauna kind
Great colleges/universities
Still some old growth forest (for how long?)

to name a few more
oh, and the climbing ain't too bad either

Trad climber
Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Sep 19, 2012 - 07:07am PT
I was born in Seattle, so it can't be all that bad, eh? And the view of Mount Rainier from just about anywhere in the upper left quadrant of Washington state engrains in you the desire to explore the mountains from an early age. That is one damn good reason to "like" about it, imo!

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Sep 19, 2012 - 07:40am PT
I love the place. Seattle and surrounding environs are amazing. Vancouver is IMO the best city in North America.

Except for the damn rain. I grew up in a very cold place with harsh winters. I like my life not being dictated by the weather here in SoCal. Otherwise I'd live in Seattle in a heartbeat.

Stack living in SoCal to Seattle and I'm pretty sure folks in Seattle are much more happy in general.

I just need sun.

My last Minnesota winter before I moved out here we went 3 weeks without sunny days one January and temps that never got above 20 degrees. I still went outside and XC skiied golf courses just to be outside and active but after a couple of weeks everyone was so cranky. Sun deprivation makes people cranky. That was it for me. Moved here 6 months later and have never left.

Props to you guys that live up there though. It's gorgeous and you have great climbing options and an amazing climbing community. And don't seem to let the weather get the best of you.

Then again, I've climbed all summer in the JT heat, albeit in the early AM hours or afternoons when things go in the shade. I've adapted and love it. :) I guess you make the most of climbing wherever you are. Gas is too expensive for my former weekend routines of going to Tuolumne or the Sierra in the summers.

Trad climber
Sep 19, 2012 - 08:52am PT
We were right on the edge of moving back to San Diego from Seattle, and just a few weeks ago decided to stay put. We may question our decision when the rains start up again, but dang it...this place is amazing, and we've finally got an amazing group of friends.

If you're an introvert (I'm not), this is a great place for you. To cope with the long, wet fall, winter and spring, we've been hosting year 'round monthly "Bouldering BBQs" at our place (climbing wall, slackline, firepit, BBQ, general hanging out), and it's been an awesome way to hang with great people, make new friends, and make the best of the weather.

This place is actually pretty magical for so many of the reasons already stated. I totally resonate with Fluoride's comments about the sun, but we're hoping to get over the mountains more this winter to find it, since making the decision to stay.

Carry on...

Sep 19, 2012 - 09:06am PT
Every Minnesotan who tells me that state is perfect and that So Cal is bad

lives in So Cal.

A friend was washing cars during the winter in Nordecota, delivered a car outside of town. The guy opened his door, took the keys, and slammed the door. Roger, wet to the bone had to walk back in the driving snow.

As soon as he opened his door he called out, "Bertie! Pack your bags. We are moving to California."

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Sep 19, 2012 - 09:09am PT
Mooser, you live in an amazing place with great climbing options and people that don't let the rain stop them from running, hiking, and doing any other activities. I think the people of the PNW are the heartiest of climbers and it shows. You guys are committed. In the best of ways.

Trad climber
Placerville, California
Sep 19, 2012 - 09:10am PT
the heavens often
wet tight, white shirts upon
unsuspecting well-endowed women.

Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Sep 19, 2012 - 09:12am PT

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Sep 19, 2012 - 09:13am PT
jstan, I love living in SoCal and have for 15 years. It's got it's ups and downs but the ups are so huge (great weather, yearlong climbing).

Ever live in Minnesota? I did. Birth through 18 then back for another 3 years after college in the south then moved out here.

Winters are a hellscape but I didn't know the difference. That was just the way life was lived. From junior high til I graduated from high school I got home before the rest of my family and had to shovel our long sloping driveway. Was a pain in the ass but I didnt' know otherwise. Was just what I had to do to keep the driveway clean.

PS - when I was a little girl i got a Barbie ski outfit for Xmas. I dressed her up, put the skis and poles on her (tied with rubber bands) and went into my backyard and built a ski slope for her to go on. I threw her down there and she disappeared into a huge snowbank. Despite extensive searches with my dad, we didn't find my ski Barbie until March when the snow started to melt off.

My lost Barbie ski girl was a very traumatic loss for me at the time. :(

But that is a life a a 6 year old.

Sep 19, 2012 - 09:55am PT
YETI'S my brohams....and lots of em.

Trad climber
Sep 19, 2012 - 10:17am PT
Canadian chicks!
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