Moving to California...But Where?

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jstan

climber
Dec 8, 2012 - 11:05pm PT
Take the best job.

One thing that I found really works well. Work double time for two months and then do two months off. You get more done plus when you get no break from work the politics seem entirely normal. Politics will be a bummer when you come back but within a week it will become normal again.

Your task structure may require another cycle time but once you are into double time it won't make any difference.

I've been double timing on ST now for six years. All the stuff here seems entirely normal.
jjl3

Trad climber
Vancouver, BC
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 10, 2012 - 05:14pm PT
Well I'm back. About ten minutes after I made the original post I was talked into a three day ski trip. Just got back this morning...


I guess I've been spoiled...I've had a PhD student's schedule (no classes/my only deadline was "finish X amount of research within 3-5 years") and of course the ability to do 14 pitches of granite AFTER work for the last couple of years. Sadly that's coming to an end, and I'm actually going to have to work on other people's schedules, and at a large university hospital for the next two years. Since this is a residency (similar to what MDs do) in a growing field, all of the opportunities are pretty similar, so the biggest distinction to me is the location. By the way, Phoenix, Denver and Lexington, KY made the list, but I've been those places and got the feel for them.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 10, 2012 - 05:51pm PT
Culturally, the Bay Area is the place to be, Period.
The Bay area, while beautiful by any stretch (parts of it at least), is a ugly step sister to the LA's cultural scene. That argument has been hashed out, tit for tat, too many times to do again.

Other than that, I'd second Dr. F's basic conclusion about living/climbing in CA. Depending on which is a greater priority, the other is going to suffer. LA/SF great culture, weekend warrior climbing. Bishop great climbing, podunk culture/work. Pick your poison.

BTW, Costa Mesa is OK. Grew up there. Was there on Sat. visiting Mom. Love Pirate's Cove but, like much of the OC, there's not much too it. Pasadena is nice. Well located but the heat and smog during the summer months is a major drawback. Plus with Williamson closed a closest bigger venue is a no go.
ontheedgeandscaredtodeath

Trad climber
SLO, Ca
Dec 10, 2012 - 06:03pm PT
I'd go with Denver or SLC. If you are not ready to be a weekend warrior I'd skip California.

California has a lot going for it- proximity to after work good climbing in a place with an abundance of real jobs is not one of those things.
bvb

Social climber
flagstaff arizona
Dec 10, 2012 - 06:04pm PT
Depends on what your personal metrics and benchmarks are for evaluating a "cultural scene", Fat Dad. Paris vs. New York? LA vs. London? A blanket statement such as yours...boys, I dunno.
Barbarian

Trad climber
New and Bionic too!
Dec 10, 2012 - 06:05pm PT
Orange County is a cultural and climbing wasteland. The longest routes in the county are in gyms. The longest waits in the county are on the freeway. Just remember: On any given Friday, the 14 million residients of SoCal are all trying to get away on the same 5 roads - 101, 5 No, 15, 10, or 5 So. Eagles were right - "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!"
Look elsewhere.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 10, 2012 - 06:27pm PT
Depends on what your personal metrics and benchmarks are for evaluating a "cultural scene", Fat Dad.
I totally agree. Part of my comment was just a knee jerk response to Jaybro's comment. Different strokes for different folks.
michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
Dec 10, 2012 - 06:55pm PT
Davis doesn't have much climbing, Vacaville boulders are local, about 15 minutes away.

Auburn, up highway 80, has some crags local, and many more within an hour drive.

Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Dec 10, 2012 - 07:16pm PT
and at a large university hospital for the next two years. Since this is a residency (similar to what MDs do) in a growing field, all of the opportunities are pretty similar, so the biggest distinction to me is the location.

Well, you're very limited....to those options.

If you are limited to medical school hospitals, there are 8, plus two more osteopathic schools, but I don't believe they have affiliated major hospitals.

If you go out to medical school affiliated hospitals, then you have quite a few more choices. But all remain in large urban areas. Fresno, Sylmar (no. San Fernando Valley) come into play.

"after work crags" for a busy person....Stoney Point? Rubedeau perhaps?

Maybe you want to live in Boulder........
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Pebble Wrestling.... Badly lately.
Dec 10, 2012 - 07:25pm PT
Actually, look at Camarillo or Thousand Oaks or Moorpark in North Western Los Angeles area. Close enough to the beach to get cooler summers but you are generally only adding a half hour or so to the drive to get out of town. As much as I love the weather in OC I would never live there.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
Dec 10, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
40 pitches on this wall
40 pitches on this wall
Credit: The Warbler

San Diego is a great place to "live", but you've got a drive to get to any serious climbing. 2-3 hours to Jtree...

Hmmm... I guess that depends on what you call serious... what about:

Credit: The Warbler



or:

Eagle Peak, 500 ft high
Eagle Peak, 500 ft high
Credit: The Warbler

Credit: The Warbler

Credit: The Warbler

El Cajon Mtn. 500 ft high
El Cajon Mtn. 500 ft high
Credit: The Warbler

Credit: The Warbler

You just gotta know where to go in San Diego
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