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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 14, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Were you into climbing before you went into the Witness Protection system?
Bargainhunter

climber
May 14, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
For your budget and garage needs, I'd say the Central Valley would be your best bet if you aren't that picky for sophistication and don't mind summer heat. You could have a nice garage workspace in a number of different cities/towns. Pick a town close to the climbing destination or other interests that you like best.

Bakersfield > Needles

Visalia > Sequoia National Park

Fresno > King Canyon National Park

Modesto/Merced > Yosemite

Redding > Castle Crags/ Shasta

Granted, the Central Valley does have many drawbacks. You'll have to prioritize what you really want. If you want city sophistication, LA and SF are great (and still not that unbearably far form great climbing), but you'll have to pay premium for rent and you won't have an ideal live/work space for your budget. Planet Granite is SF is a well liked gym by many, Metal Mark is a relatively new gym in Fresno.

The Inland Empire (Redlands/San Bernardino) is sort of a mix between the drawbacks of the Central Valley and the benefits of the big cities and has more amenities due to it's proximity to LA/Palm Springs. You'd have great access to Taquitz/Suicide/J Tree plus great hiking around San Gorgonio etc. (even backcountry skiing in winter).

Reno/ Las Vegas are also great outdoor towns to consider.

There is no ideal. All towns are compromises and have opportunity costs. You just have to pick your priorities. If it's not the best fit, you can always move on.

The nice thing about the Central Valley is that you can buy a house for $70k with a big backyard and pool, so if cheap overhead is important to you, there is really no where else in California that affordable to set up shop.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
May 14, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
I say Bakersfield or Lancaster , with all the people cooking meth in their garage you'll fit right in .
Onewhowalksonrocks

Mountain climber
In the middle of the ocean
May 14, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
Well I have something for you.

san luis Obispo or Santa Barbara I know SB has a gym.

How about getting a list of climbing gyms and go from there. Since it seems to be a deal breaker.
WBraun

climber
May 14, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
Real men have a garage.

Real men build an empire out of it.

Hewlett-Packard, Steve Jobs and millions of others ......
Nobacon

climber
May 14, 2013 - 02:40pm PT
Morongo Valley.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 14, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
^^^
Oh dear lord. Why? That's just mean.
Roughster

Sport climber
Vacaville, CA
May 14, 2013 - 03:46pm PT
If I was in your shoes I would be looking at Redding. Small town feel but a decent size population. Sh#t tons of stuff to do beyond awesome semi-local climbing. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, etc.. If you love outdoors it has got to be one of the cooler areas in the state. Also, if "pipe-making" is your main business, you have a nice easy path to get behind the green curtain and your primary customers.

Another place that should be high on your list is Auburn / Grass Valley areas. Might be hard to find a place that fits on your budget but I bet you could.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
May 14, 2013 - 11:04pm PT
25 years old and making bongs, landlord is gonna have some concerns beyond the LOX. As a landlord who lives on the property, I find that it works very well. JT is a perfect fit, cheap, lots of heat and a customer base
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
May 14, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Yeah, the biggest drawback to Bishop is the lack of a climbing gym... hahahaaaaa!
jTaylor

climber
North Shore Massachusetts
Topic Author's Reply - May 15, 2013 - 08:54am PT

"Were you into climbing before you went into the Witness Protection system?"

-No, wish I was! Never found a good gym until I went to one in California... :P

-Great info Bargainhunter. Not sure if I could put up with the Central Valley from what I know about it but ill look into it and keep it in mind... I know I went to SF once, well drove through it with the intention of staying the night at a hotel but left because it seemed shitty to me to be honest and super overrated (like NYC)

"I say Bakersfield or Lancaster , with all the people cooking meth in their garage you'll fit right in ."

 yea but then I gotta worry about my stock material getting stolen for crack pipes, already had to deal with that in Portland Oregon.

"san luis Obispo or Santa Barbara I know SB has a gym.

How about getting a list of climbing gyms and go from there. Since it seems to be a deal breaker."

 SLO is a maybe, but didn't seem to have much going on when I stayed there for a week. Although I was probably a bit on the outskirts since I was on a farm like area.

I did love SB and Goleta isn't very pricey next door. Although the local rock is pretty terrible aside from a few gems. Ojai is where I did all my lead climbing and outdoor sport climbing I've done so far, so at least I got a taste for it there... But I do kinda stray away from the idea of SB due to the weird vibes of the glass scene there since my ex is from Ventura and is friends with the cheesy SB glassblowers (I found them to be kinda fake). If it wasn't such a tiny area (which is usually ideal since I like the size of SB) I'd be planning to move to Goleta/SB.

I have been looking at a map of climbing gyms though trying to pin point some spots, it mostly lead to the idea of Santa Cruz or Tahoe area.

"Real men have a garage.

Real men build an empire out of it.

Hewlett-Packard, Steve Jobs and millions of others ......"

 hahaha word...

"Oh dear lord. Why? That's just mean."

 lol

"If I was in your shoes I would be looking at Redding. Small town feel but a decent size population. Sh#t tons of stuff to do beyond awesome semi-local climbing. Fishing, hiking, kayaking, etc.. If you love outdoors it has got to be one of the cooler areas in the state. Also, if "pipe-making" is your main business, you have a nice easy path to get behind the green curtain and your primary customers.

Another place that should be high on your list is Auburn / Grass Valley areas. Might be hard to find a place that fits on your budget but I bet you could."

 redding is a possibility... Although it might be a little too close to Humboldt nonsense for me. I really despise the wookies and glasstards of NorCal... Some of the most boring people I've worked with and met are from NorCal who are just so obsessed with weed that it makes you want to quit smoking after hanging out in that area. I'll look into Auburn and Grass Valley since they are new to me.

"25 years old and making bongs, landlord is gonna have some concerns beyond the LOX. As a landlord who lives on the property, I find that it works very well. JT is a perfect fit, cheap, lots of heat and a customer base"

 yea at least I've been doing it since 16 and full time as work since 18 so i got it down pretty well and fairly professionally. I usually just tell people who im not sure of that i make pendants and marbles anyways so telling them i make pipes isnt a total must.. Does JT have a section on CL or is there a nearby area to search? Like I said I've never been so I don't know much about the area of it.

"Yeah, the biggest drawback to Bishop is the lack of a climbing gym... hahahaaaaa!"

-na the biggest drawback is a tiny population. The lack of a gym makes it all the tricker for a new towner to feel at home with some local friends if not many live there. :p
Gary

Social climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
May 15, 2013 - 09:18am PT
Bakersfield > Needles

Visalia > Sequoia National Park

Fresno > King Canyon National Park

Modesto/Merced > Yosemite

Redding > Castle Crags/ Shasta

Trona > Granite Falls
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 15, 2013 - 09:19am PT
Does JT have a section on CL or is there a nearby area to search

Palm Springs CL is the closest, and where the JT, 29, Yucca valley, etc listings are.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
May 15, 2013 - 09:50am PT
I would pass on San Luis Obispo if making pipes for dope smokers is your business ... I went to Cal Poly grad school , and lived there for several years. SLO definitely leans conservative although it tries real hard to present it self as a progressive little bubble ...

there is a nice bouldering gym there .

I gotta think that Jtree might be prime for you .
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 15, 2013 - 09:51am PT
Susanville and a pipe maker,, the perfect match..
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 15, 2013 - 09:55am PT
To save you a trip to Joshua Tree here's a representative shot of what
passes for culture there...(jess sayin')

Credit: Reilly

Anastasia

climber
Home
May 15, 2013 - 10:00am PT
If you buy a house in the Oaks in Santa Paula, CA. You will have all that and more. We had left our garage wide open with all my Dad's tools, our climbing, camping gear, etc. Came home a week later and all was still there. I don't advise doing that, but it is nice that we didn't get it stolen You can't buy that kind of environment and...

The properties are big here. Lots of big garages apart from houses, a few are even old barns. Houses rarely go on sale in this neighborhood, but when they do... It's worth a little extra to be in an extraordinary neighborhood.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 15, 2013 - 07:44pm PT
Credit: guido
bergbryce

Mountain climber
California
May 15, 2013 - 09:52pm PT
I can't count how many head shops there are on Hwy 50 in South Lake Tahoe. There is also a pretty steady supply of seasonal worker broheims who probably bust their pipes trying to dislodge a resin plug from the carb with a straightened hanger or forget to take their onie out of their back pockets and crush them when they jump on the chairlift during their liftie breaks. You can probably move a lot of glass here.

For $1300 or less you can get a 3 bedroom with 2 car garage. Crossfit gym is minutes away but no real rock gym.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 15, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
At first it seemed like "it's all about the garage",
but from your discussion of different locations,
you rule places out based on how cool the local glassblowers are,
or a driveby view of SF.
And your dismissal of Bishop based on how its "small population and no gym means it will be hard to find people to climb with" is kinda sad.
Have you heard of bouldering before? You can meet people climbing on boulders. :-)

More practically, it sounds like you need to do your own (less superficial) tour of different locations and meet the local glass folks. Check out the local outside climbing/climbers, too - it is not all about gyms in Cali (and Nevada).
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