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gremlin


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120 miles from the New, so that's a pretty standard day trip. About the same to northern NC crags.


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I drive between 3 1/2 to 4 hours every saturday to climb for the day. Man does it suck living in the flat lands. Have gone up to the New 7 hours for 4 days. if i have the finance and time i would be willing to travel just about were ever to climb. Life is good though i will be moving to south korea for a year and the mountains will be a 40 minute bike ride away, and then it's on to northern italy for 3 years 45 min car ride from the AlpsSmile who would have ever thought the Military would help my climbing addiction


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10-20 minutes for a handfull of sport crags for an hour or 2 between classes.

45 min - 1 hr for half-day climbing at Big Chief or Donner.

1.5 hrs to Lover's Leap for the day.

3-4 hrs for a weekend in Yosemite, Tuolumne, or Bishop.


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My usual max for a day trip is around two hours each way. I've considered the 3.5 hour run for a short stay at Seneca (leave Friday night, come back Saturday night), but usually prefer to string a couple days together.

For a weekend, four hours or a little better is fine. I'd have to have good cause or a long weekend to go much further.

The drive to the 'Daks was right around 12 hours each way, and the total trip was 6 days (two driving, one hiking, and three climbing). Anything beyond that and I'll look for cheap flights.

I did help a friend relocate to Manitou Springs, CO. About 26 hours of driving in the U-Haul, and we only got in a couple of climbs at Garden of the Gods. Sigh. At least I flew home.


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WOW

I just realized that us climbers might have our own hole in the ozone layer!

Hope we can all work to off set this bad habit we share!


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For a 0.5 - 1 day, usually 1hour or less.
For 1.5 days, 1-3 hours.
For a full weekend, up to 6 hours.
Since a lot of ice climbing and alpine objectives require a vehicle and aren't typically flight destinations, I've driven 18 hours for week-long+ trips.


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For a day's cragging? I've driven as much as 3 hours one way for a day's cragging.

For a weekend? About 7 hours one way to Moab.

A week? 23 hours, in one hit. Denver to Joshua Tree, but the direct route was socked in with snow, so we went the long way.


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15 miles (15 minutes) to Indian Cove
45 minutes to Lost Horse, Sheep's Pass, Hidden Valley etc...

:)


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today i am driving 1.5 hrs by car then half an hour by quad, then 15 minutes by foot.


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20 minutes but not that great. 2 hours to the really good stuff.


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10 mins to Eldo, walk from home to climb in the Flatirons 20 mins up Boulder Canyon...I feel bad for you guys. I was the same situation for a few years in school in IL and driving 5 hours to the Red a few times a month, that was too much for me so I just moved to Boulder.


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For every hour I travel, I play for a day.

MD


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10 mins to Eldo, walk from home to climb in the Flatirons 20 mins up Boulder Canyon...I feel bad for you guys. I was the same situation for a few years in school in IL and driving 5 hours to the Red a few times a month, that was too much for me so I just moved to Boulder.

A friend just relocated to Manitou Springs this summer. He rubs in the distance to climbing on a fairly frequent basis.


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10 mins to Eldo, walk from home to climb in the Flatirons 20 mins up Boulder Canyon...I feel bad for you guys. I was the same situation for a few years in school in IL and driving 5 hours to the Red a few times a month, that was too much for me so I just moved to Boulder.

I didn't say that I had to. Its 20 minutes to Vedauwoo, 10 minutes to Roger's Canyon and 45 minutes to the Snowies, so if I don't want to travel, I can do that instead. Just saying that I have driven that far for a day's/week's worth.


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Unfortunately, there aren't too many good places to climb in OC. Okay, there aren't too many places to climb in OC at all...so, a commute is more of a prerequisite...

Usually the trip to JT is about two or so hours...depending on traffic and when the rest of gang decides to get up. I've been know to get up at 4AM to head out to the rocks...I'd rather sacrifice some sleepy time to get on the rocks before it gets too crowded.

But for a weekend climbing trip...heck, I'd take the day off just to commute as long as the climbing is awesome. Smile


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10 mins to Eldo, walk from home to climb in the Flatirons 20 mins up Boulder Canyon...I feel bad for you guys. I was the same situation for a few years in school in IL and driving 5 hours to the Red a few times a month, that was too much for me so I just moved to Boulder.
used to think boulder was the place until i realized chattanooga had way more climbing especially hard climbing. granted you'll have to drive to north carolina to get the big stuff. can't say i envy your rent. moved here from arkansas which i definitely miss, but chatt. is just too darn convenient. not to mention the red is only 4 1/2. though i am further from rifle, co. which i like to frequent, but that was already a 16-18 hour drive from little rock. I guess i added about 7 hours to my rifle drive now. even still chattanooga is the smartest decision i ever made.


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How far does one *have* to drive or willing to drive for a different venue? 15 minutes for over 1000 routes here at the Gunks, but 6 hours to my cabin in N. NH. for a weekend of granite slabs/cracks.


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15 min for 119 pretty decent sport routes (Barton Creek Greenbelt)

35 min for 222 pretty sweet sport routes (Reimer's Ranch)

2hrs for 263 pretty awesome Sport/alright trad routes(Enchanted Rock)


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From Jacksonville, FL:

Seven (7) hours --
Yonah
Currahee
Chattanooga

Eight (8) hours --
Sandrock
Foster Falls

Ten (10) hours --
Table Rock/Linville Gorge

All trips so far for a full day of climbing. All 40 trips (beginning in November 2003) were worth it.


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Little Falls, Moss Island area- Playland -5 minutes

Southern Adk routes.- 30 + minutes

Mid Adk routes- 1 hour

East Adk routes - 2.5-3 hours

Gunks 2.5 hrs

Rumney NH 3.5+ hrs

If anyone wants to know some great primative areas to camp in the southern Adirondacks give me a shout.


sircamalot


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20 minutes from couch-to-base of climbing in Big / Little Cottonwood Canyons

35 minutes to American Fork

60 minutes to the Uintahs

3+ hours to Indian Creek

3+ hours to Zion

2.5 hours to City of Rocks

Yeah, Utah sucks. Please don't come here.


arwarreng


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ya'll flordia climbers are the day trip driving champs. i meet tons of you here in tenn.


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You live in East Coast Paradise, so it's only natural. Oh, yeah, we also go to NC a lot. The folks I climb with won't mark up your walls with paint or your trails with litter. I hope we will always be welcome.

(But lock up your women! They love the surfer look.)


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My rule of thumb is 2 hours of climbing for every one driving. This is slightly skewed because people regularly commute to work more than an hour. That fact is compensated by the many options available.

1 Hr. Malibu Creek
1.25 Hr. Echo Cliffs
2 Hr. Joshua Tree
4.25 Hr. Yosemite
4.5 Hr. Red Rocks

Anything further, I camp.


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these days no further than an hour, maybe an hour and a half for a day trip. too much close by to have any motivation to drive further.

for a weekend, up to around 6 hours each way is ok.

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