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!
Friends Of Joshua Tree, as part of a nationwide network of climbing advocacy groups, regrets the failure of our government to function just as climbing season opens in the arid regions of the US. This failure deeply affects not just FOJT, but our friends at JOSAR (Joshua Tree Search & Rescue), the local Joshua Tree gateway community and the entire global climbing community of Joshua Tree. We (along with our friends at Access Fund and AAC) demand that Congress immediately open Joshua Tree National Park and every desert climbing area managed by the NPS to facilitate visitation and commerce critical to the region and the health of organizations like JOSAR and FOJT across the country.
The FOJT Climb Smart event is still planned to stage October 18-20, as a large portion of the event happens outside of the Park boundaries. Contingency plans are under development for the elements of Climb Smart that are currently planned inside the Park boundaries. We will be posting updates to our website and to registrants of the event regularly as the situation unfolds. Thanks for your patience and if there is one thing you might do about this, please reach out to your local congressional representative to let them know that this form of negotiation is unacceptable to the American public and that consequences will be delivered by an empowered and connected network of passionate climbers via the power of our vote and the sway of our influence in our greater communities (over 12 million climbers in the US).
Board Of Directors, Friends Of Joshua Tree
Climb Smart is ON despite the current inane National Parks closure. The event, taking place mostly on the festival grounds of the Joshua Tree Lake Campground , continues to accept registrants and will deliver an awesome experience of education, comraderie and fun to new and seasoned climbers alike.
Just Added… Hans Florine for Saturday Night (October 19) multimedia elite athlete presentation! Hans is legend
and has many speed and technique tips for climbers in his new multimedia presentation.
There are still some spots left, but looking to sell out fast, come to Joshua Tree for a special celebration and show of community strength in the face of adversity.
Join FOJT at the 15th annual Climb Smart event… OCTOBER 18-20, 2013. Climbing education, stewardship, star athletes and serious swag await you. This is THE kickoff event for the climbing season in Joshua Tree, and this year’s event features Reel Rock 8 Film Tour (first time in JTree!) on Friday night and the spectacular multimedia party on Saturday night. All for one incredibly low price packed with value that gives back to the Park, and supports an entire year of FOJT’s work with JTNP, JOSAR, Access Fund and the entire global climbing community.
REGISTER HERE www.fojt.eventbrite.com
Join us to kick off the 2013-14 JTree climbing season at Climb Smart. Now in it’s 15th year, this is THE event of the Fall for Joshua Tree climbers from around the world. Reel Rock 8 Film Tour will come for the first time, planned for the first night of Climb Smart (Friday, October 18th) – tickets now available! Climbing Clinics are in development now, so if there is a topic you think should be covered please let us know! Of course the event will include all of the education, entertainment, camaraderie, swag and athlete inspiration to properly and safely push your climbing to the next level.
Prior year rock stars anchoring Climb Smart – Brittany Griffith, Ron Kauk, Lynn Hill, John Long, Mark Wilford, Randy Leavitt, Timmy O’Neill, Majka Burhardt, Kate Rutherford, Sonnie Trotter, Linh Nguyen, Bob Gaines, and a host of others including AMGA, PCIA and PCGA certified guides anchoring the clinician lineup.
On the sponsor side, recent sponsors have been The North Face, Evolve Sports, Sierra Designs, Petzl, Scarpa, Black Diamond, Adventure 16, Five Ten, prAna, Sterling Ropes, Nomad Ventures, Gear Co-Op, Patagonia, Joshua Tree National Park, Revo sunglasses, Wilderness Outings and a number of local Joshua Tree businesses.
Beautifully written by a Friend, Nikki Hodgson.
In 1927, a Swedish immigrant built a small house on top of a hill in the middle of the Lost Horse Valley, just south of Quail Springs. John Samuelson, who was later acquitted of murder and escaped from a state hospital in 1930, spent his free time carving his political beliefs into the rocks alongside his homestead. Over 80 years later and you can still read his misspelled words carved neatly into the rocks of what is now Joshua Tree National Park. His messages have become part of the park, the ugly scratches turned into artwork, reclaimed by the desolation of the desert.
I try to remember this when I hear that parts of the park are now closed to the public because of repeated vandalism, struggling to view the defaced and spray painted rocks through the lens of history.
Is there anything climbers can do about this?