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Darwin Roos
(darwin310) - F

Locale: Great Lakes Area
location recommendation needed on 01/14/2011 16:30:30 MST Print View

I'm looking to make a job change, but I want to work in a U.S. city that is in an area that has good backpacking (mountains) and kayaking (lakes and class 1-class 4 rivers). I realize this is just a backpacking website, but I thought I would throw in the kayaking part. Do you have any recommendations for such a city that has both in the area?

Darwin
daroos@indiana.edu

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
location on 01/14/2011 16:51:48 MST Print View

Oregon and Washington are not good - rains too much - everyone is depressed

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: location recommendation needed on 01/14/2011 17:16:02 MST Print View

there are lots of other issues like cost of living, unemployment levels etc. In CA you could think about someplace like Sacramento. Not as costly as the SF bay area, has the American River not too far away which has some small class iv rapids and the SIERRAS!!

What's your def. of mountains? Do the Appalachians count? If so, I am not sure what city, but the kayaking in WV is really hard to beat.

--Mark

David W.
(Davidpcvsamoa) - MLife

Locale: East Bay, CA
Re: location on 01/14/2011 17:25:45 MST Print View

^ Jerry is selling his state(s) short. It is beautiful in Oregon and Washington. Those Pacific Northwesterners are just trying to keep it all to themselves especially when it comes to keeping migrants out (I joke).

Edited by Davidpcvsamoa on 01/14/2011 17:26:24 MST.

Darwin Roos
(darwin310) - F

Locale: Great Lakes Area
Criteria on 01/14/2011 18:57:10 MST Print View

I'm actually looking for any US city with a big university and any mountains for backpacking and good rivers and lakes for kayaking.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Big University? on 01/14/2011 20:06:50 MST Print View

What do you mean by big university?

University of Washington is in Seattle

Portland has Portland State and Oregon Graduate Institute

Eugene has University of Oregon

Corvalis has Oregon State

California has mountains and rivers and Universities - SanFrancisco area, Los Angeles, San Diego

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Criteria on 01/14/2011 20:43:05 MST Print View

"I'm actually looking for any US city with a big university and any mountains for backpacking and good rivers and lakes for kayaking."

I hate to say it because we've got way too many people here already, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better match than Seattle for the criteria you specify.

BER ---
(BER) - MLife

Locale: Wisconsin
Big city university town on 01/14/2011 21:15:27 MST Print View

Denver/Boulder. CU.
Anchorage, AK. U of A.

Edited by BER on 01/14/2011 21:18:05 MST.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Some ideas on 01/14/2011 21:51:25 MST Print View

Boulder, CO
Missoula, MT
Boise, ID
Albuquerque, NM
Traverse City, MI
Portland, ME
Knoxville, TN
Asheville, NC

Darwin Roos
(darwin310) - F

Locale: Great Lakes Area
Re: Re: location recommendation needed on 01/16/2011 16:51:51 MST Print View

The Appalachians are fine. I'm looking for any mountains from 0-14,000 ft. near a large city with a major university.

Darwin Roos
(darwin310) - F

Locale: Great Lakes Area
Re: Big University? on 01/16/2011 16:53:23 MST Print View

I'm looking for a university that has at least 20,000 students.

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Vancouver on 01/16/2011 16:59:16 MST Print View

Vancouver, become Canadian.... we have jobs, funny looking money and lots to do, with no people around....

requirements,

Must love hockey, and you now drink Tim Horton's coffee...

Edited by rcowman on 01/16/2011 17:00:03 MST.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Re: location recommendation needed on 01/16/2011 17:21:25 MST Print View

"I'm looking for any mountains from 0-14,000 ft"

I think you'e going to find pretty slim pickins' near the low end of that range. ;)

. ..
(dgowler)
+1 for canada on 01/16/2011 18:32:25 MST Print View

I cant say anything bad about vancouver but I'm looking the relocate to calgary. 45 minutes and you've got anything you could ever ask for in the rocky mountains. Trails, rivers, and lakes in the summer. The winters aren't THAT bad, the chinooks take care of a lot of the snow and theres two world class snowboard/skiing mountains within an hour. They have the university of calgary with somewhere around 30 000 students.

I'm actually more of baseball fan, but I second the tim hortons coffee thing. You may also have to get a cowboy hat and a diesel pick up truck with a 6" lift to obtain residency but I think its worth the trade off.

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Syracuse on 01/16/2011 18:54:25 MST Print View

Check out Syracuse, NY.

Robert Cowman
(rcowman) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
Re: +1 for canada on 01/22/2011 20:22:30 MST Print View

only in Edmonton and Calgary, for lifted trucks. some of the malls have adjusted the height markers to allow them in....

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: +1 for canada on 01/22/2011 20:48:26 MST Print View

"some of the malls have adjusted the height markers to allow them in...."

Were they clever enough to adjust the ceilings as well?