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scottd


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if you could pick just one place out west to go where would it be? And where should i stay the longest?

The Needles. I love that place! It's so serene and no crowds. Perfect granite, awesome routes.....Sitting on top of the towers, civilization seems so far away.


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Arizona, there is nothing in the state worth doing this time of year. Trust me, I just left there.
If it were my trip, I wouldn't head west of Colorado or Wyoming. You will lose 4 days round trip heading to the West coast states. There is so much to do in just those two states. You could spend a month alone in the Tetons and Winds just doing classics. But hey, what do I know, I just moved to Ohio.

Christopher

What? Are you joking? There are lots of high elevation areas in northern AZ like: Paradise Forks, The Draw, The Overlook, Jacks Canyon, the Winslow Wall and the one people rarely mention, the Grand Canyon, with lots of good stuff near the rim.

Flagstaff rarely gets above 90 in the summer.

This is supposed to be a best of the west. These areas are nice, but again not worth driving all the way from TN for. And Jacks Canyon consistently gets voted one of the top 5 worst crags in the country. If he were headed out on I40, then yes maybe a stop at Paradise Forks or the Pit would be warranted. I'm not trying to bash Arizona here, or get into an argument about the quality of climbing in the state. I lived in Phoenix for 3 years and enjoyed the climbing there very much. But with the exception of maybe Cochise Stronghold, there is nothing in the state in the same league as the areas mentioned above.

Christopher

In my original post, I only meantioned Paradise Forks and Cochise. I thought you were raggin on my ex-home. Yes, If I was passing through, I would only hit the two areas off of 40-The Pit and Paradise Forks. But if this dude is into bouldering, the Draw is a must stop.


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ummm...

Yosemite(duh!)

Tons of areas around Moab

Paradise Forks if you'll be in the Flagstaff area

Mt. Lemmon and Cochise Stronghold if in Tuscon area

Lake Tahoe

I tried to list area that have good lead climbing and bouldering. Have fun!

Here's my original post. I would spend the most time in Tuolumne Meadows and Tahoe if I were you...

edited to add a couple links...


http://www.supertopo.com/...gareas/tuolumne.html

http://www.yosemitepark.com/...ctionID=28&PageID=62

http://www.bouldering.com/...meadows_frameset.htm


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pick one place, go to the needles


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Pinnacles In california has the absolute best climibing in the world, go there and stay away from yosemite, J-tree, red rocks, and all of Utah.


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if you could pick just one place out west to go where would it be? And where should i stay the longest?

When you say "out west", what exactly are you talking about? Big difference between driving to say Colorado vs California.... Does that factor into your descision making at all? Obviously Colorado / the Rockies is going to be a lot shorter of a drive, and has a wide variety of excellent climbing within a fairly short driving distance.

On the other hand, having spent my childhood there, I love California and the west coast in general. Obviously there are a million great places to climb out there, but you could also spend a little time cruising the coast when you are too cooked to climb, ridiculously scenic country.

Either way you can't go wrong. If your goal is just to maximize you climbing with the least amount of driving, don't go any farther than the Rockies. If you have plenty of time and don't mind the extra driving I would keep going until you hit the Pacific and spend some time on the west coast.


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Pinnacles In california has the absolute best climibing in the world, go there and stay away from yosemite, J-tree, red rocks, and all of Utah.

yeah, and it's only like 60 degrees there in the summer time. go there!

that's great...


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to answer your question i do plan on going out to the west coast, so everything between tennessee and the pacific is an option. :)


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I hope I don't get shot for giving away this little secret:

Santaquin Canyon, Utah (It's by Spanish FOrk & Payson). It's starting to come out more in the media, climbing mags, etc.. it's a gem of a place to climb. See if you can find anything else on it. I don't think it has anything lower than a 5.10.

If you stop by Provo, Utah you can talk to the people at the Quarry climbing gym and they'll tell you where to go.

Rock Canyon, Maple Canyon, American Fork Canyon are all great too.!

Utah is the best, sorry!


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:)


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Pinnacles In california has the absolute best climibing in the world, go there and stay away from yosemite, J-tree, red rocks, and all of Utah.

yeah, and it's only like 60 degrees there in the summer time. go there!

that's great...

It has been cool this year....


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if you could pick just one place out west to go where would it be? And where should i stay the longest?

I would recommend Salt Lake.

I know I'll get ragged on, but here's my reasoning. SLC has nothing on Yosemite or Tetons as far as the feeling of staring the austere and intimidating beauty of nature in the face but what it does have is variety - both in style of climbing and rock type. Little cottonwood has sweet granite bouldering and trad. Big Cottonwood has some nice, moderate quartz sport. American Fork is close with pockets of limestone and if you're willing to be a bit more adventurous, Maple isn't too far and offers a really unique experience. It's central to a host of different styles of climbing. Some of the other places listed are limited in this respect. Climbers from Colorado Springs/Denver or Flagstaff could make similar arguments but, having climbed in those places, I'd still pick SLC if you were going to stay in one place for a couple of days.


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thanks guys

where exactly is tuolumne located?


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it's located in yosemite national park. tuolumne is basically the only easily accesible high country part of yos, and is accessed via a different road than the merced valley. basically, this is where people go to climb when it gets hot down below. big open meadows and granite domes.


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oh okay, thanks. That sounds sweet. I'll definitely be going there.


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jakewolf,

Are you reffering to The Fortress Of Solitude, put up by Tommy Caldwell?
As for the original post, try Rifle!

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