Las Vegas: Rock-climbing capital of the West?
Where else in the country can you drink Cristal all night out of a stripper's shoe, then wake up in the morning and scuffle-and-scritch for your life on a sheer sandstone cliff?
Forgive me in advance: Vegas, baby! Indeed, there's been a long-brewing debate over which burg hosts the best climbing -- Las Vegas or Boulder, Colo. -- and one enthusiast weighs in in humorous fashion. At the Daily Camera:
B:We have the best variety of year-round climbing in America. Thousands of killer boulder problems and routes -- on granite, gneiss and several types of sandstone -- are within half an hour of town. LV:Boulder Canyon sucks. Eldo has crappy rock, and it's scary as hell. You have to walk forever in the Flatirons. Clear Creek is an over-bolted choss pile. B:We have the most diverse indoor climbing in America: Movement, The Spot, the Boulder Rock Club, CATS. LV:Climbing plastic? We climb hard outside all day, then drink beer and cosmos. We wake up early and do it again the next day. B:Pearl Street is the perfect setting après-climb. It's not The Strip, but that's the point. LV:Pearl Street sucks. The bars close at 2 a.m.
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