May 16, 2011 at 6:16 pm #1273932
@benjammin21Locale: The Grid, Brooklyn
where would you live?
A very personal question, sure. But I'm curious. More personal for me is I have a chance to do that this summer. Come June I'll be moving from Sacramento to… well I'm not sure yet. I plan to work, but it's been dang difficult to get anywhere with jobs while I'm not in the places where I want to work.
There's tons of places out there, and tons of adventure. I want to make money to return to college with in the fall, and I want to hike, and train so that this summer I can take 2 weeks to hike the crest of the Sierras.
Any recommendations? If you could just get on a plane and work a simple job or in the mountains or even the city, where would you pick?
I've thought a lot about Moab, Boulder, and other places. East coast or west coast, they're all options. Alaska and Hawaii, too. Although I'm afraid if I strand myself that far away without work ahead of time I'll run out of money quick.
Chaff away. Recommendations warmly accepted please!May 16, 2011 at 6:30 pm #1737434
Jerry AdamsBPL Member
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
How about working at a National Park, National Forest, or State Park?May 16, 2011 at 6:41 pm #1737440
@rivrfoxLocale: Western Slope, Colorado
Summers in Crested Butte are epic! Great backpacking, mtn biking, you name it and it's here.
A stone's throw from the Maroon Bells, surrounding by amazing scenery every where you go. Town is around 8,600 or so feet. Not too far from the West Elks & San Juans.
Epic trips abound. Mtn bike mecca in our backyard plus hut trips from durango/telluride to moab…conundrum hot springs.
I'd love to hear other's recommendations too. I haven't been to Montana for much too long, not to mention the whole PNW.
MichaelMay 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm #1737448
@palumboLocale: Rocky Mountains
I'm actually doing this myself. As of April 1, I am on mini-retirement/extended-sabbatical. I've been divesting myself of all my useless crap and this Saturday I am loading up what's left in a moving van and heading to Telluride, CO for the indefinite future.May 17, 2011 at 7:15 am #1737588
David ChenaultBPL Member
@davecLocale: Crown of the Continent
As an ex-resident, I can tell you to not bother with Moab in the summer. Hot.
If I could live anywhere this summer I'd live a little closer to Glacier than I do right now. Glacier and the Bob in the summer cannot be beat.
CB is pretty sweet though.May 17, 2011 at 7:41 am #1737599
kevin timmBPL Member
@ktimmLocale: Colorado (SeekOutside)
It's nice in the summer. A lot of places to get awayMay 17, 2011 at 8:02 am #1737610
. .BPL Member
@biointegraLocale: Puget Sound
@ben – look into guiding whitewater rafting either in the PNW, Montana, CO, CA, or WV, NC/GA/TN [roughly in order of preference, but it depends on your digs – everywhere has it's perks and pecks]May 17, 2011 at 8:27 am #1737619
Joe ClementBPL Member
Where ever my wife says I can.May 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm #1737732
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
Thought about this dodging lightening bolts on New Mexico and Colorado mountains a few summers back and after researching storm seasons, and being sent to Seattle over a number of summers with my employer, the Pacific Northwest. Consulted a lightning strike map if the US on the NOAA website too, since ….
The rest of the country is getting hit by t-storms and after one close call with a lightning bolt, I'd prefer non-electrical hiking. the desert southwest is great May to June (unless a drought like presently) and Sept-Oct into winter, as is the rest of the USA, but height of vacation season usually means storms. Hot in the morning, and flooding rains in the afternoon. Kind of strange having to wear a jacket about a mile north of Mexico due to cold, wind, and rain, especially after being in shorts the same morning but there you are.May 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm #1737811
Tom KirchnerBPL Member
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
In the Upper Kern Basin/Great Western Divide.May 17, 2011 at 10:08 pm #1737949
Kimberly WersalBPL Member
@kwersalLocale: Western Colorado
Glacier Park. East side, west side, wouldn't matter. It's all good.May 17, 2011 at 10:21 pm #1737952
Steofan MBPL Member
@simauliusLocale: Bohemian Alps
I'd go back to Montana, Bozeman area, with a reliable car.
Lots of great places to go but many miles between them.May 18, 2011 at 11:56 pm #1738430
@benjammin21Locale: The Grid, Brooklyn
It's awesome to see so many replies. I'd never heard of Ouray before–and google maps puts it right in the mountains. How cool.
Lets keep the ideas flowing. I've also been thinking about someplace in Georgia. Living in the south would be different, and the mountains wouldn't be as steep as I'm used to, but they still would be stunning. Or New Hampshire's White Mountains? Is that correct? Sadly, I might know some of the terrain of the rest of the country, but really I know very little–too little.
I've found a lot of job opportunities in NYC. It's not the mountains, but maybe living slightly outside the city (as I write this I worry–there'd be so few stars)… yup, never mind.
Other nice places in New York? Or is summer really just not the right time for the best weather?
Glacier Nat'l Park… where does one live to be close to GNP but still in a… city of sorts?May 19, 2011 at 9:23 am #1738528
Sam HaraldsonBPL Member
@sharaldsLocale: Gallatin Range
Upper Park Creek Patrol Cabin
Glacier National Park
Map of Upper Park Creek cabin location.May 19, 2011 at 10:13 am #1738554
@everreadyLocale: Sh!^^% Ohio
'I'm actually doing this myself. As of April 1, I am on mini-retirement/extended-sabbatical. I've been divesting myself of all my useless crap and this Saturday I am loading up what's left in a moving van and heading to Telluride, CO for the indefinite future.'
You're living my dream……………..
AlMay 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm #1738709
Sam HaraldsonBPL Member
@sharaldsLocale: Gallatin Range
> Glacier Nat'l Park… where does one live to be close to GNP but still in a… city of sorts?
Kalispel is the nearest "city" but to really live near Glacier then someplace like Hungry Horse, Martin City, Coram, West Glacier, East Glacier, Baab, or Polebridge are the answer.May 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm #1738722
Ken HelwigBPL Member
@kennyhel77Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Bishop CA. Plain and simple, many great hikes nearby and if you need a city fix, LA is 5 hours away. Also, Mammoth and Tahoe for snow fun too.
The coast is also a nice place that has a lot to offer…west coast that isMay 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm #1738759
Chris KannenBPL Member
@cmkannenLocale: K-T Boundary
Have you spent any time in NYC? It can be a schlep to get in and out of town for backcountry trips, but if you have the desire and make it a priority, it's do-able. The Catskills are 2-3 hours by car, Adirondacks 4-6 hours, and White Mountains 5 hours or more (all of these are highly variable). There is a great state park right next to the city called Harriman, where the first section of the AT was built, but it is a very mellow place. It's close enough to where certain shelters have views of the NYC skyline.
Basically I wouldn't choose NYC unless the city itself was part of the draw. The mountains in NY state have some gorgeous and surprisingly wild spots, but these are nothing compared to virtually everything out West. What the West doesn't have is the density and energy of The City. Or should I say, The Urban Heat Island.May 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm #1738763
@jacknewmanLocale: Mississippi River Valley
The BearTop lookout in the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area
NewmanMay 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm #1738794
George MatthewsBPL Member
Lick Skillet, VA
DowntownMay 20, 2011 at 3:15 am #1738858
@knaightLocale: Western Massachusetts
If you're looking at jobs in NYC, and wouldn't mind the hustle and bustle of the city for a while, that does put you reasonably close to the Catskills, as well as the New England Scenic Trail in CT and MA, which is mostly easy hiking, but still spectacular in parts since it mostly follows a ridgeline. My profile picture is taken from part of that trail in MA, which is just under 3 hours from NYC.
You'd be a few hours from the Adirondacks which are full of great wilderness and big views. The Whites are amazing in summer, but I think that'd be like a 6 or 7 hour drive, so I doubt you'd do that on a regular basis.
You might also explore hiking in New Jersey and PA. I've only done a small amount in those states, but I've heard there are some great spots to be found, especially in PA.
If you're looking for job opportunities, you might also consider Portland, ME or Portsmouth, NH. Both are pretty cool cities. Lots of art and culture, bike friendly, the best seafood you'll find anywhere, and not huge. Both are also close enough to the Whites and Baxter State Park (and everything else Maine has to offer) for you to get some epic weekend (or longer) trips in. You're not that far from VT's Green Mountains either.
I've considered moving to Portland, ME a number of times. It's a great spot to be.May 21, 2011 at 12:34 am #1739230
@sgiachettiLocale: Boulder, CO
cool thread. I live in boulder now and love it. access to an amazing trail system biking distance from anywhere in town. indian peaks is phenomenal and only about 30-40mins drive and Rocky Mountain NP is close. Boulder has just enough of a city feel for me, without actually being a city. Denver is close, too.
I'd echo Dave that Glacier NP/Bob Marshal is the best place to backpack in the summer. If you are up for working in the service industry for a summer, then get a job in St. Mary. Its right on the border to the park and IMO, you have the easy access to a good variety of the best trails in the park.
I've also lived in Bishop and I'd highly recommend that. Countless amazing places within an hour's drive.
Durango or Telluride would also be amazing places to live in the summer. San Juans are some of the most beautiful mountains in the US, and there is a lifetime of trails/peaks/routes in that region. Easy to get away from crowds out there too.
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