Mark your calendars (OCTOBER 17-19, 2014) for the kickoff event of the Fall climbing season in JTree… Climb Smart 2014. A benefit for Friends Of Joshua Tree as well as JOSAR, this gathering at the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater and various venues in and outside of the Park is simply an awesome way to sharpen your trad skills, meet some amazing climbers, get to win piles of swag, give back to the Park and just have fun with loads of new climbers. It’s our biggest event of the year and we go all out! Registration will be open soon, so sign up on our facebook page or for our email news alerts on this page.
We wanted to let you know about an Adopt a Crag event happening in your area.
Where: Town Hall, Idyllwild, CA
When: Sunday, June 1
Details: After coffee and scones we will break into three groups to work on the trail to Lunch Rock, the trail to the North Side of Tahquitz, and the trail to Suicide Rocks. When the work is done we will return to Town Hall for lunch, a raffle, and a silent auction. Sponsors have been generous with swag so you efforts should be rewarded!
Bring work clothes, gloves, water and snacks, and contact James Pinter-Lucke with questions: email@example.com.
Every hour of time you donate to a crag helps show land managers that climbers are responsible stewards. Grab some friends and a pair of work gloves and spend a day giving back to the sport you love! We hope to see you there.
Thanks for your support,
Access Fund and FOJT
On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Joshua Tree National Park, along with other fee parks in the National Park Service, will kick off National Park Week and offer a fee-free weekend, April 19 and 20, 2014.
Come visit Joshua Tree Visitor Center (open 8-5), Oasis Visitor Center (open 9-5) and Cottonwood Visitor Center (open 9-4). Enjoy the beauty of the desert, hike a trail, and experience the majesty of your national parks! Some closures due to storm damage and nesting raptors are still in effect. Please ask a ranger at one of the visitor centers for additional details.
Pass the word please, especially to your friends who have never seen JTree in the springtime.
Join a ranger for a program! Programs currently having space available include:
April 19 – Evening Campfire Program at Indian Cove Campground, 8:00 p.m.;
April 20 – Cap Rock Hike, 2:00 p.m.;
April 23 – Cholla Cactus Garden Talk, 10:00 a.m.;
April 24 – Twin Tanks Talk, 10:00 a.m.; Walk Street Mill Hike, 11:00 a.m.
April 25 – Cottonwood Canyon Hike, 2:00 p.m.; Evening Campfire Program at Cottonwood Campground, 8:00; Evening Campfire Program at Jumbo Rocks Campground, 8:00 p.m.;
April 26 – Evening Program at Indian Cove Campground, 8:00 p.m.
You can also join a ranger for informal talks throughout the week at various locations including Hidden Valley, Skull Rock, Keys View and Barker Dam. Times will vary. Please check in at any of our visitor centers to see where these opportunities are available.
On April 26, 2014, we will conclude National Park Week by celebrating our next generation of park stewards with National Junior Ranger Day. Please see a ranger at any of our visitor centers for a list of ongoing activities this weekend.
Enjoy a glimpse at what makes these parks and park sites special to some of our dedicated staff by linking to: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm We encourage you to enjoy your public lands and to find a place that gives you solace – find your park!
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Twentynine Palms, California –
Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Protection Rangers, along with volunteer Joshua Tree Search and Rescue team members (JOSAR) responded to several incidents in the park this weekend. A report of a fallen climber near Hemingway was received at 11:29 AM, Saturday, March 29, 2014. The report indicated the climber had fallen 15-20 feet and was unconscious and bleeding. National Park Rangers and medics from San Bernardino County arrived on scene and the patient was transported by Mercy Air to High Desert Medical Center.
On Sunday, March 30, 2014, a motor vehicle accident was reported just before 12:00 noon. A motorcycle went into the soft shoulder of the road approximately one-mile from the entrance closest to the West entrance to the park and crashed. The rider was wearing a helmet but appeared to have suffered a possible head injury. He was transported by Morongo Basin Ambulance to High Desert Medical Center. California Highway Patrol, in cooperation with the National Park Service, is investigating the incident.
Also on Sunday, a fallen climber at Headstone Rock was reported just after 12:00 noon. A 38-year old male had fallen an unknown distance, and was unconscious with a head wound. The patient was lowered using a technical rescue and was transported by ambulance to High Desert Medical Center. Partnering in this effort were San Bernardino County, Morongo Basin Ambulance, JOSAR and Joshua Tree National Park.
It is the busy season at Joshua Tree National Park, a time when local, domestic and international visitors all get out and experience parks and public lands. Enjoy your time here safely.
JOSHUA TREE SPRING CLING
Joshua Tree, CA Join the American Alpine Club and Friends of Joshua Tree for our 3rd Annual Spring Cling Event! One of the AAC Southwest Section’s best annual events, we gather en masse to lend Joshua Tree a helping hand! We will be meeting in Joshua Tree National Park on March 22nd at 8:00am in Hidden Valley Campground for a FREE volunteer breakfast and climber’s coffee. From 9:00am to 2:00pm we’ll be working with the Park Service’s Conservation Crew on a series of environmental projects. PLEASE COME OUT IN FORCE AND HELP CLEAN UP JTREE! BRING YOUR FRIENDS! At 6:30pm please join us at the very interesting FURST WORLD STUDIO (8528 Desert Shadows Rd.), right outside the Park gates, for beer, silent auctions, raffles and a special slideshow by Ethan Pringle.
The AAC has free campsites for up to 18 people. If you are interested in acquiring one of these sites, please contact AAC Western Manager Jeff Deikis.
If you’ve missed out on this event in the past, now’s your chance for redemption! One of the years best AAC events!! Hope to see you there!
Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler signed a Temporary Emergency Closure to protect nearby nesting raptors. The climbing routes affected by this closure include: Slatanic Area, Rattlesnake Buttress, Margaret Thatcher Spire, The Stepping Stones, The Bulkhead, The Dunce Cap and Commissioner’s Buttress. These are all located in the Indian Cove area of the park. Day hiking in Rattlesnake Canyon is not restricted at this time.
The nesting pair appears to have finished constructing a nest, and this area will remain closed until the nest has been abandoned to ensure the protection of the species for the duration of the nesting activities. The park does not anticipate the closure will last beyond June 15, 2014.
FOJT thanks Kevin Powell for stepping up to improve the anchors at a popular feature in the Park, and for showing the way forward for climbers to work with the Park in wilderness fixed anchor management. Here’s a screen cap of his post on Mountain Project about the replaced/upgraded anchors on Room To Shroom and four other climbs just a short scramble from Barker Dam. No need to use the Pinyon Pine anymore!
Both Mark Butler (Superintendent JTNP) and John Jarvis (Director, NPS) have made recent landmark decisions that clarify how fixed anchors in wilderness are to be managed… thanks to the input of groups like FOJT, AF, and climbing ranger Bernadette Regan (JTNP), the way forward is both better for climbers and the preservation of the Park. That is a win/win! FOJT BOD
Climb Smart 2013 will base out of Joshua Tree Lake Campground as in the past two years but clinics will be held inside the Park, based on the recent action of Congress to allow us back into our National Parks. Registration Still Open for an amazing value-packed weekend to kick off the climbing season in JTree!
Friday night is the REEL ROCK Film Tour 8, debuting for the first time in Joshua Tree and sure to be a treat in the setting of the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater at JT Lake Campground. After a full day of sharpening skills and climbing, we can’t imagine a better way to finish the evening.
Saturday full day clinics are followed by a special visit from Hans Florine, speed climbing champion and Yosemite legend. The full event comes with a delicious dinner, participation in the raffle, and a special chance to hear from Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler!
JOIN US at Climb Smart 2013!