Why should I move to San Diego?


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The Granite State.
Topic Author's Original Post - May 17, 2013 - 02:10pm PT
Yup, another relocation thread.

I've fished around on this topic before, but facts are facts. I have no choice but to move in September.

My good friend is moving to SD in September and is trying to convince me to tag along. My Tahoe friends all recommend San Diego as well.

So, what's good? What's bad? Between the two of us we've got four dogs. Where's an area to look for houses to rent where dogs would be ok? I'm thinking outside of town, a little more rural, but fairly close to the city proper (30-45 mins).

Is this even possible? I've never been there.

Donny... the OHHH!- Riginal

Sport climber
May 17, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
What....you never watched Riptide?

The Granite State.
Topic Author's Reply - May 17, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
Nope, what's that?
John Mac

Trad climber
Littleton, CO
May 17, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
I wouldn't!

I've only been there once (March this year) and had my car's roof rack sawn off with two bikes attached. It was parled outside in the early evening downtown. No fingerprints on the car anywhere other than my own, so most likely a professional job.

We went there for a tri and other than having the bikes stolen, we enjoyed the city but it's too far away from the mountains for me.

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
May 17, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
Mother superior
Grug's Crack
Fresh squeezed oj@lynnes

Trad climber
4 Corners Area
May 17, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
Uh, this is a climbers thread.

S.D. is no climbing destination. Whatever climbing there is will be some very well traveled boulder problems, with grafitti and litter, in or close to town. Then there will be the "new" area, with a horrendous poison oak infested approach, where the climbing starts at 5.12C, and it is in the direct sun all day long, so it is only climbable in the dead of winter.
But hey, you can always hop into the car and make the 8 hour drive on Friday night to the Valley.

Or, you could take up surfing, then you'd be set . . .
gonzo chemist

Fort Collins, CO
May 17, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
Great weather year 'round (east county can be a bit warm for me in the summer)
Great Beer

El Cajon Mt.
Eagle Peak
Valley of the Moon
Mt. Woodson
Black mountain and Idyllwild (~2 hours away)

If I move back to CA, San Diego is where I'm headed...

Mountain climber
San Diego, CA
May 17, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
There is a wealth of quality climbing in San Diego County, and if you are the adventurous type, even more awaits!

I'm originally from NH and moved here in October of 2011. It definitely turned out to be more amazing and diverse than I could have imagined. Woodson is world-class, and there's much more quality stuff beyond that place (which is essentially impossible to exhaust). Yeah, the climbing ratings are a bit "old-school", but that's good for ya, isn't it?

I love living here and I always stay psyched to climb, regardless of the time of year, because there are plenty of places within a few hours' drive when it gets too hot. And when everyone's dealing with winter, we've got prime desert climbing happening. Hell, if it ever rains in the city of San Diego, your climbing day isn't ruined, you just have to cruise out to the desert. There are a few good gyms too, so you got plenty of plastic pullin' to do if that's your thing. Go for it, I'd be psyched to have a fellow granite stater to climb with!

Also: easy year-round access to the Eastern Sierra... five hours and you're at Whitney Portal. DAMN that's amazing!

Mountain climber
May 17, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
Well, it is closer to the Sierra Nevada than New Hampshire.

My buddy lived in Pacific Beach(?) for six months and got the hell outta there. Said the women were really lame, superficial, shallow and fake. Said if you're a white hat wearing frat guy you'll love it.

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
May 17, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
"S.D. is no climbing destination. "

Well, sort of...depending on what you're looking for.

It's got good cragging at all the aforementioned places, but if you're interested in anything related to alpine, it's a long haul to anything decent. Weather tends to be boring-ly stable...about 8" rain/year.

For the most part, it's a pretty conservative part of the country, due to the military presence, and the east county redneck influence. That said, there are pockets of open thinkers in North Park, and along the northern part of the coast.

I spent 20 years there...since I moved away in the early 90's, I've never missed it. I don't mind visiting, but can't imagine moving back.

Trad climber
May 17, 2013 - 02:51pm PT
If the ocean is important to you and you want it to be part of your life ( surfing?), SD will be great. Down side is that SD will require quite of bit of car time to get to the "real" mountains. Having lived in SD, LA and a couple places in Nor Cal, I personally prefer Nor Cal.

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 17, 2013 - 02:51pm PT
Best weather in the US.
Good food and culture in a town that isn't too big.
Good climbing locally, good weekend destinations within 2-3hr.
and last, but certainly not least........Latinas.

Social climber
May 17, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
SD has always had sort of a weird feel to me. It's all SoCal / navy / beach / sprawl /freeway / frat / city but not a city with some cool enclaves.

Close to a lot of good things. Probably the best coastal California city for climbing and surfing, worst for skiing.


Trad climber
the tip of god's middle finger
May 17, 2013 - 03:10pm PT
the Fet

May 17, 2013 - 03:19pm PT
San Diego is phenomenal. Best weather in the world, warm (not hot) and dry year round. Great beaches and surf. Decent mountains not too far.

Biggest downside for me is distance to skiing.

It was discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means a whale's vagina.

May 17, 2013 - 03:21pm PT

fake boobs
goatboy smellz

May 17, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
86.967% more boobs than NH.

Trad climber
Pebble Wrestling.... Badly lately.
May 17, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
Orange County or the South Bay area in LA are a lot the same without adding 3 hours to the drive to the Sierra. If it was me I would live in the South Bay or even Malibu if I wanted to live by the beach.

Trad climber
Black Rock City
May 17, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
You'll be way closer to Black Rock City :)

Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
May 17, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
Yeah, except that SD has far better & closer cragging options than OC or LA.
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