Before you move on to the high elevations, mark your calendar for Climb Smart 2012, October 19-21 at JT Lake Campground and in the Park. Climb Smart is the kickoff event in Joshua Tree for climbers, bringing the local and global climbing community together for education, celebration and inspiration. Last year’s event was a breakthrough success for FOJT and JOSAR, with new venues, new clinics, a new format and even the Cactus Pricks live performance! See images from last year’s event below, and click here to get beta on the 2012 event, or see a photo gallery of CS11.
This year’s event will sport three full days of clinics, two evenings of live entertainment, and even lower pricing for participants, with new food options, and more swag! “Pie for the People” will have their world famous pizza pies, salads, and baked ziti available for purchase at the camground Friday night, and Saturday night we are bringing back our popular spaghetti dinner as part of the evening’s events.
Register early, by September 10th., to be entered in a drawing for a new climbing rope! Winner will be announced at the Saturday dinner party.
This year the Lake will be open for fishing, so bring your fishing poles, or rent them at the country store next to the Lake. More details when you register.
NEW THIS YEAR: Special Keys Ranch Tour, Sunday 9am! Register early. Only 25 spots available.
With the perfect weather window, a brand new venue, a slew of amazing and talented pros, the partnership of the Park and awesome sponsors from retail to brand to advocacy groups to the Cactus Pricks, Climb Smart 2011 broke through in completely new style on the 14 year old annual event. Huge THANKS to all of you who contributed to an all-time great time in and around JTNP.
If you want to get a glimpse of what happened last weekend, check out these links UPDATED:
Climb Smart Video incl. Lynn Hill at Thin Wall (thx to Smoking Chimp Productions!)
our Facebook page, with Pics!
JTree Astronomy Arts Theater (the venue and amazing multimedia platform)
The Cactus Pricks (featuring climbing icons Al Bartlett, Don Reid, and Pat Brennan on stagecraft!)
More to come as folks get their film processed and back from the darkroom (!).
Join us for the season kickoff event in Joshua Tree Oct. 21-23 (Friday thru Sunday)! LYNN HILL will be there, teaching and sharing inspiration and slides, along with BRITTANY GRIFFITH and KURT SMITH to anchor the athlete lineup… camping, raffles, star gazing, sponsor booths, multimedia, the works!
REGISTER NOW FOR FULL EVENT OR SATURDAY EVE PARTY ONLY
CS11 Participant Confirm Letter/Itinerary CS11 Participant Confirm Letter
CS11 Clinic Schedule CS11 clinic schedule final draft
OCTOBER 21-23, JOSHUA TREE LAKE CAMPGROUND AND CLIMBING SITES WITHIN JTNP – Join Friends of Joshua Tree and legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Brittany Griffith, and Kurt Smith as we kick off the climbing season with skills clinics, multimedia presentations, service projects in the Park, a big Saturday night party and raffle, and all around serious fun for the whole weekend. This year in a new cool venue, includes camping and supports Search & Rescue, Climbers Coffee, and our ongoing work with the NPS to make sure climbers’ voices are heard and considered in Park Policy & Management decisions. REGISTER NOW!
CS10 Clinic Schedule (last year’s climbing clinic lineup and format, for reference)
ClimbSmart2009ConfirmationInfo Example of Past Year Confirmation letter for reference (Different venue and format for 2011, but maybe still helpful in understanding the event)
Registration has OPENED and sponsors and athletes are on board… Lynn Hill, legendary Stonemaster and arguably the most revered American climber in the world, cut her teeth on the Monzonite of Joshua Tree and will be present for a good portion of Climb Smart this fall… in addition Kurt Smith, the ‘little general’ himself, will be there to spin tunes and offer tips through the mini-clinics that are core to the event. Brittany Griffith has stepped up her involvement with the event, even though she has anchored the event for several years running as a sponsored ambassador athlete and event planner. More sponsors are helping us this year, adding to the festival atmosphere in Joshua Tree Lake Campground (featuring the SCDVA Deep Space viewing theater). This is THE year to join FOJT and Climb Smart in and outside the Park to kick off the climbing season in style with opportunities to win swag, discover new climbing partners interested in access, advocacy and proper technique, and give back to the place we all love. Sign Up for CLIMB SMART here
Well we could talk about it till the Bighorn come home, but some pics can tell the story better…. see slideshow below!
But suffice to say that the kickoff event for the 2010-11 climbing season in Josh was tons of fun, learning, gear giving and giving back to the Park in numerous ways. If you missed this year’s event, we are already planning for 2011, so get involved and help represent climbing in the Park by volunteering or otherwise supporting FOJT. Nuff Said, onto the pics…
So there is a little taste… but if you have pics from the event, register in our gallery and post away! This event is for all climbers after all, just like the Park, so take ownership get engaged and have some fun showing everyone your Fote Hog skills.