First consideration includes proximity to a good climbing area.Currently I enjoy living near the Red River Gorge (2 hrs), drivable to New River Gorge, T-wall, Linville Gorge, (6 hrs each). I live near what I consider one of the best indoor gyms (for training and rainy days) with extended hours and great routes. I'd like to live near people who also love climbing and other outdoor activities.While I like the place—there are a lot of cool people and things to do here—Portland is not a city for everyone, and it’s not a place you want to go to get laid. Seeing as I grew up in the snowiest large city in the U.
I have (in Seattle/Tacoma for twice as long however).
From the time I arrived in December all through January, there were maybe two or three days total that the city wasn’t blanketed in gray storm clouds.
I’m pretty confident that the lack of sunshine—and the resulting depression caused by Vitamin D deficiency—is partly responsible for Portland’s lazy “yeah, whatever man” culture.
Seriously, whether it’s the constant single shade of gray or the fact that we’re just too laid-back, there’s no place tougher to find the one…
or even just someone to spend our nine months of winter with.