Climb Smart 2015 – check it out!

October 20, 2015 · Posted in Archives, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Climb Smart 2015 – check it out! 

Climb Smart 2015 happened under dramatic skies in and around Joshua Tree National Park this past weekend (October 16-18, 2015) with education as the centerpiece of a festival that brought together 200+ climbers from around the Western U.S. to kick off the season. Staged with lightning flashing in the night sky, thunder rolling nearby but clear skies and perfect weather for climbing, clinicing, stewarding, star gazing and celebrating in the high desert.

The festival was held again at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground, along with the upgraded Desert Astronomy Theater for the evening feature events.

Here are some images to share, and hopefully you can share more with us via our social media pages on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Friends Of Joshua Tree on facebook, JTreeFriends on Twitter. Use #ClimbSmart2015 to share it far and wide…

Joshua Tree Lake Campground, the Desert Video Astronomy Theater, and the National Park itself were great partners of the event, as well as many sponsors, individuals and other like-minded organizations like the Access Fund, Southern California Mountaineers Association and JOSAR, the search and rescue organization serving Joshua Tree. Volunteers from accredited climbing schools like Cliffhanger Guides, Joshua Tree Guides, PCGI and The Climbing Life were anchors of the event, along with volunteers from Adventure 16, Gear Coop, Nomad Ventures and other event sponsors.

Professional athletes Daniel Woods (The North Face) and Jess Roskelley (adidas Outdoor) presented inspiring multimedia shows and shared their formidable skills in the Park with clinic attendees, and a dozen Climb Smart participants worked with JTNP on a special service project in the Hall of Horrors area.

Thanks to all involved for participating and contributing to an excellent climbing community event, and mark the dates for 2016 (tentatively OCTOBER 14-16) for CLIMB SMART 2016.


Board of FOJT


Climb Smart 2015 – Still space available

July 8, 2015 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Climb Smart 2015 – Still space available 

OCTOBER 16-18… This year’s CLIMB SMART will be the 18th annual event that leads into the Centennial year of the National Parks in the USA. This will be among the best events to attend of the season! TNF’s Daniel Woods is a feature athlete offering insight and inspiration!

JUST ADDED – Jess Roskelley (adidas Outdoor athlete)… many more will gather with us again next month… YOU can be there.

Kick off the climbing season with us and our awesome partner organizations in service to the Park, to our great climbing community and learn/refresh skills while building a network of passionate and diverse climbers from different disciplines, skill levels and meet a few legends too. And then, there’s always the swag and feature entertainment in the evenings that are just plain fun and worthwhile by themselves. See pics of Climb Smart events from the past below. And videos here!

In all, Climb Smart represents the best of what the climbing community has to offer.



WHAT? ONLY $109?

REGISTER NOW and join the climbing community in Josh.


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mini-clinic session on anchors CS12

mini-clinic session on anchors CS12




Climb Smart 2015 – still time to Register!

October 2, 2015 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Climb Smart 2015 – still time to Register! 

One of the most critical components of Climb Smart events is the support we get from local and regional organizations… this support stretches from guiding organizations and certified guides to organizations connecting climbers in the region. In a few weeks we will come together once again (October 16-18 weekend) to kick off the climbing season with celebration, education, stewardship and plain old fun.

One of the most relied on and valuable partners of Climb Smart is the SCMA (Southern California Mountaineers Association). This group anchors the kitchen setup, along with JOSAR, and brings the amazing breakfast to life on Saturday and Sunday of Climb Smart weekend. For a requested donation of $5, Climb Smart attendees enjoy a morning feast to power their days in the Park, learning and reinforcing technique and skills for adventure climbing in Joshua Tree. (Dinners are already included in the Registration, FYI).

Here’s a link to an article and images from past Climb Smart events… give them a visit and make sure to say THANKS when you see them on site later this month!

Thanks to all of you supporting Climb Smart 2015. The event is going to be amazing… if you need to register still, now is the Time! (It’s filling up quickly, and it’s limited space)


SCMA at Climb Smart

SCMA at Climb Smart! A stalwart partner in gathering, educating and inspiring the Climbing Community. Oh, And Feeding it!

Encouraging diversity in our Park

May 19, 2015 · Posted in Archives, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Encouraging diversity in our Park 

In April, some Friends of Joshua Tree board members, along with two different youth groups and staff of JTNP (even the Superintendent and his children) joined together to recreate, celebrate and educate in the Park over a weekend. These youth had never been to any national park, and most had never camped. They were from Agape International and Walt Whitman School in the Los Angeles area, and the outing was organized by Medicines Global Outdoor Youth Ambassador program. Thanks to Janice and Johanna Belson for spearheading this opportunity for these teen Angelenos to experience the Park and it’s wonders of tranquility, flora, fauna and the magical Mojave/Sonoran desert landscape that is uniquely Joshua Tree. We used several sites in Blackrock Campground; can you imagine if they had woken up in Hidden Valley or Ryan? Nevertheless the beauty of the high desert was ubiquitous and amazing, including just a little bit of rain and wind.

IMG_0268_1We took the kids (and their accompanying adult chaperons, many of which were newbie campers and climbers too) out and helped them set up camp, cook meals, get comfy and led a few hikes and a climbing experience that was, of course, the highlight. Of course hacky sack and some hiking to see the Barker Dam area were included.

Introducing people to the wonders of Joshua Tree is one of the great privileges of being part of the climbing community, and FOJT.

The more we can educate and introduce the natural places of our state and country to those in the urban environment, the more we will see

an embrace of the wild character we want to protect.

Who have you introduced to JTree recently? Got any pics? Share ’em up here (you have to join our gallery first, but it’s easy).


A picture gallery (worth a few thousand words) below, plus a bonus short video of our shared adventure here 


Yosemite Climber Stewards, Rangers taking registrants for May 17-21, 2015

April 23, 2015 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Yosemite Climber Stewards, Rangers taking registrants for May 17-21, 2015 
Access Fund, in partnership with a host of climbing advocacy groups, is putting on 3 Climbing Stewardship Trainings this year. The first event is  May 17-21 in Yosemite National Park. 
There will be presentations by the Yosemite Climbing Rangers, the Yosemite Climbing Stewards, and Leave No Trace.
Ty Tyler, Stewardship Director of Access Fund, says “We have space for about 40 folks and I’ve filled just over 1/2 so far.” Get on board for some hands-on advocacy, education and great network-building in Yosemite!
There’s also one in Salt Lake mid-June and the Red River Gorge in Sept. 
Ty says, “Its going to be a great event; the NPS staff are excited and we will hopefully gain more momentum for stewardship at our climbing areas.”
HERE is the registration page as well.

Ty Tyler
Stewardship Director | Access Fund
Tucson, AZ
Where’s the Conservation Team? Find out here 

Date Set for Climb Smart in Joshua Tree 2015 – October 16-18

April 3, 2015 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Date Set for Climb Smart in Joshua Tree 2015 – October 16-18 

It’s time to mark your calendars for FOJT’s Climb Smart 2015!

OCTOBER 16-18, 2015 at Joshua Tree Lake Campground will once again be the climber kickoff to the season with Education, Stewardship and a Fun Time on deck for all attendees. This year’s event will feature more pro athletes, brands and opportunities than ever before, so ink the date and stay tuned for more details on Sponsors, Service Project and the Reel Rock Film Tour (brought by Gear Co-op once again!) tie-in for 2015.


Raptor Closures in place February 2015

February 12, 2015 · Posted in Archives, Climber Alert, General, News · Comments Off on Raptor Closures in place February 2015 

There are several temporary closures to climbing areas on the Park… please click the link below to get more detail, but the short list of closures includes

Rock Climbing Routes

  • Energy Crisis, on the east side of Little Hunk formation
  • The Schwarzenegger Wall, at the north end of Rockwork Rockformation
  • Zombie Woof Rock formation
  • The Maverick Boulder formation

Bouldering Problems

  • Pictograph Boulder, at the base of Queen Mountain
  • Shindig, on Indian Cave Boulder
  • Lonely Stones Area #3
  • The Shipwreck formation
  • The entire Indian Wave Boulders circut, except for Native Arete
  • Wormholes, in The Underground

Thanks for being aware and staying away from sensitive raptor nesting sites this spring. 

juvenile red-tailed hawk

juvenile red-tailed hawk


CLIMB SMART 2014 is here Oct. 17-19

August 31, 2014 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on CLIMB SMART 2014 is here Oct. 17-19 

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 Lake Campground and 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, see Real Rock 9 “Valley Uprising” Friday night and meet John Long Saturday, and give back to the Park and just have fun with loads of new climbers.

Here’s what you get by registering for Climb Smart 2014:

  • 2.5 days of skills clinics with PCGI and SCMA instructors
  • 2 dinners
  • 3 nights camping (through Saturday night)
  • Ticket to Reel Rock Film Tour #9
  • Vendor village for learning about the latest gear innovations
  • Lots of other climbers, beginner to advanced, to build your network out
  • Athlete presentations and coaching
  • SEE THE 2014 Climb Smart SCHEDULE HERE CS clinics 2014 FD (schedule subject to change… heads up! )

It’s our biggest event of the year and we go all out!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  so sign up on our facebook page or for our email news alerts on this page.

mini-clinic session on anchors CS12

mini-clinic session on anchors CS12

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