Yeah the mtb is a joke, gotta agree after living in Colorado Springs however within 30 to 40 minutes there is Nederland, Jefferson County Open Space, Roosevelt Nat. Forest, which all together have 100's miles of trails. Once you get into the western slope, the Springs, and the South Platte it's endless, along with the climbing, hot springs, yadda yadda, but we shouldn't talk about that on a california forum.
I can ride trails from my backyard in Nederland to Boulder, Lyons, Golden, and Estes Park without ever having to deal with a car.
Fourth of July Road to Arapaho Peak
Trail to Estes Park outside Nederland
Did someone mention the legal weed and micro brews yet?
To yours truly, Eldo seems just fine, with a few caveats--more fixed gear and modern routes would be nice
I don't know blah, it seems to me that before we add more modern routes with fixed gear in Eldo (read: sport climbs), those of you that spend your weekends at Rifle and Tensleep should first successfully climb the routes that exist. I watched a guy who was a well-known 5.13 climber from the late 90's totally hang all over Darkness 'Til Dawn a year or so ago. I woulda thought a 5.13 climber of any type wouldn't have too much problem with a 5.9+ of any type.
I think the reason all the locals (as you say) hate Eldo is because it's too difficult to chase big numbers there.
(Just flipping' you a bit more $hit. I'm impressed that you're going to the Tetons :-) .
I too just made the move, to Gunnison, and have been STOKED thus far. Moving from Yosemite to CO, a state where everyone hates Texans and Californians, was a bit daunting at first. But seriously, it's (colo)rad(o). Enjoy the move!
Denver is underrated, it's clean and beautiful. The advantage Boulder has is the instant access to the foothills. You can just walk out of town onto hiking trails. Eldorado Springs is not a good destination for sport climbing but many of the best climbers I've met, I met there. It seems to be getting more polished as time goes on, or maybe its just hard to stay used to it.
Maybe. I didn't get the full layout in Denver reconnoitered by far. Nothing against CO but the reality of leaving the Sierra colluding with my wife and my job prospects as well as proximity to immediate family led to the decision. I am very happy with our decision and, while Reno was a necessary pit stop on the road, my biggest little birth town is not where I'd also like to end up buried.
Also, allowing Rong the full breadth of his hate for me by moving back to CA chuffs me.