Are You a City person or a Town Person?


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Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Feb 12, 2013 - 12:36am PT
I'd also go for a small island in the warm latitudes......Love Mexico but now they be tellin' me not to go there. This world is a great place. People please don't muck it up. Thanks ll ll lynne

Trad climber
the crowd MUST BE MOCKED...Mocked I tell you.
Feb 12, 2013 - 12:40am PT
Fart in that cooler and you got a jacuzzi!

To the OP... neither. burbia or mtns or maybe desert. Cities of 800k + just don't seem to add much value (other than a job) to other cities. So city for city sake doesn't seem to cut it. Towns, i think of a place like Lone Pine (might bit too small for me until I retire).

But a mtn town, different gig as long as I like my neighbors.
Not sure why.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 12, 2013 - 12:41am PT
I've lived in 'towns' of less than 300 and liked it muchly. But it's hard to entice Vladimir Ashkenazy and his ilk to places like that.

But I could definitely live here...

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Feb 12, 2013 - 12:47am PT
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 12, 2013 - 12:51am PT
I live in a crowded neighborhood....

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Feb 12, 2013 - 12:54am PT

Feb 12, 2013 - 01:05am PT
Small town with access to a descent sized city, plus access to good health care is my ideal. I love being around real neighbors but... I also love a bit of culture, art, great museums, Really Good Doctors, etc. Not living in a major city ROCKS! Living close enough to visit, see a world renown Medical specialist, SUPER NICE!



Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Feb 12, 2013 - 01:05am PT
I'm a small town girl that likes cities nearby, but the wilderness closer. Grew up in a town of 4,000, 90 minutes from NYC, 2 hours from Boston, 20 minutes from lots of 100 foot crags and small ski hills, couple hours to the Gunks, and 5 hours to blissful North Conway. Everyone knew me and my family. Now I live in a town of 1,200, close to Portland and the Cascades. Not bad, but too much time in the car. I look forward to the next phase of life, closer to the rock and mountains. I'll still be able to get to a big city from time to time. I'll be close to a small airport, with good access to wherever I may roam.

from out where the anecdotes roam
Feb 12, 2013 - 08:26am PT
there's a crossover point ... the more people, the more filtering, excluding, keeping people at bay to preserve sanctity. in a small town, i might not let everybody in, but eventually i manage to see past the crustiness and develop some empathy for a wide variety of folks i would likely dismiss in a crowd

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Feb 12, 2013 - 08:52am PT
When I grew up, the town was around 20-30 thousand, so I've never really lived in a small town. My mom on the other hand grew up in Ironwood, MI. Now that's a small one.

Couldn't find the population graph I was looking for, but I found this eye-opener


Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Feb 12, 2013 - 09:36am PT
A City Mouse, with ways polite,
A Country Mouse invited
To sup with him and spend the night.
Said Country Mouse: "De - lighted!"
In truth it proved a royal treat,
With everything that's good to eat.

Alas! When they had just begun
To gobble their dinner,
A knock was heard that made them run.
The City Mouse seemed thinner.
And as they scampered and turned tail,
He saw the Country Mouse grow pale.

The knocking ceased. A false alarm!
The City Mouse grew braver.
"Come back!" he cried. "No, no! The farm,
Where I'll not quake or quaver,
Suits me," replied the Country Mouse.
"You're welcome to your city house."

Trad climber
Butte, America
Feb 12, 2013 - 09:37am PT
My small town (now) was once one of the largest cities in the American West at the turn of the last century...

It's a cool town now, but OH, to have been there in 1900 :-)

Jim Henson's Basement
Feb 12, 2013 - 09:55am PT
I'm in Ghost's camp. I've lived in Los Angeles my entire which fits the bill of "city with fast access to the wilderness". I appreciate the fact that LA basically has everything. I'm highly adaptable and used to people and crowds, so the hustle and bustle doesn't really get to me as long as there is convenient access to wilderness.

As I've gotten older I don't find myself heading into Hollywood to hang out at the Viper room and pick up those Asian trannie hookers (Jason waxes nostalgic) about so much any more :( so I have an open mind about moving to a quieter setting that would save my husband's sanity. :)

Trad climber
Where the Hoback and the mighty Snake River meet
Feb 12, 2013 - 10:16am PT
How about out of town, as far away from a stop light as possible? Or a town so small it has no stop light.

City? Possibly claustrophobia and a panic attack. Some are better than others. LA? Gotta be a real special reason.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Feb 12, 2013 - 10:28am PT
I,d rather live urban and spend my weekends off trail and out of bounds.

But I have found a compromise for now.....
Meanwhile, out on the shaggy fringe.
Meanwhile, out on the shaggy fringe.
Credit: Spider Savage

A long way from where I started
Feb 12, 2013 - 02:09pm PT
This is where I want to live...

Big city, with good wilderness access. My kind of town.
Big city, with good wilderness access. My kind of town.
Credit: Ghost

Gym climber
berkeley, ca
Feb 12, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
Where I grew up the options were being a town person or a country person.

Alas, I was a city person.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 12, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Geez, Ghost, you have a batch of yeast go rogue on ya? There's condos at the base of Jannu?

But my pic was real.

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Feb 12, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
I was the most comfortable when I loved near Yerington NV, other then the distance to anything climbable.

Lived about 8 miles out of town, 45 minutes would put me in Carson City and an hour to Reno if I needed to do "City" stuff. So I would say that I prefer rural living.

Both the towns I grew up in - Forks WA and Walker CA - were small towns. Now I live in Vegas, going on 11 years. I really don't care for the amount of people here, and have a strong dislike for most of them - no substance. But I get out of town at least once a month for a couple days, and for hiking and climbing it's a great central location.

The Granite State.
Feb 12, 2013 - 05:40pm PT
I grew up, and now live again, five miles out of a town of 2k. I like it, but I think I enjoyed the ten years I spent in Truckee more. 10k, still small, but large enough for pretty ladies and ethnic food.
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