Forums: Climbing Information: Regional Discussions: Best City? San Fran; Seattle/Kirkland?: Edit Log


Jun 19, 2010, 10:17 AM

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Best City? San Fran; Seattle/Kirkland?  (North_America: United_States)
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I'd appreciate your input on the above cities re. the following factors. I can choose between these cities for my next job, which pays well enough to afford car and apt in San Fransisco, and poorly enough to find lower housing costs in Seattle/Kirkland attractive

And yes, searched forums and found info on Seattle compared to other cities.

I've only visited SF and Seattle for a day or two.

I lead 5.10 sport most places, 5.7 trad Gunks/Red Rocks. Prefer bolted sport over top rope for speed of setup.

I'll live within hour's drive of downtown and airport. San Fran office would actually be Sunnyvale.

Following are my criteria, more or less in priority order.

- Decent climbing in 1 hour drive (either sport or trad), excellent climbing in 3 hour drive (either sport or trad, bonus for both).

- Winter sports (skiing/snowboarding more so than ice-climbing) within 1 hour drive, or summer sports in winter (e.g. San Fran). Ski/board single black diamond, some backcountry, follow WI4.

- Should have few days of sun each week: I've lived in overcast European cities, and it's depressing. Seattle doesn't look good from this perspective.

- Cultural diversity and ease of finding new climbing partners/social life a plus: Seattle seemed more homogeneous than San Fran, but might have been because everyone was out of town for long weekend. Found SLC also quite homogeneous, and difficult to find climbing partners/start new social life.

- Good sailing is a plus, but doesn't rank as high as first two: San Fran seems better than Seattle based on initial research.

- Good motorcycling likewise a plus, doesn't rank as high as first two.

- Sort of covered by first two points, but mountains for hiking and views a plus, and nowhere are they as close as SLC

- This is already somewhat covered by the first few points, but reasonable traffic a plus.

Your feedback on the above points appreciated if you have lived or spent much time in these cities, as well as any thoughts re. best neighbourhoods.

(This post was edited by theguy on Jun 21, 2010, 12:14 PM)

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