We’ve opened our spring fund drive just a little early, based on Puxatawny Phil’s very scientific assessment of the arrival of spring… Help us build the JOSAR Cache, keep our website up (as you can see it needs some help) and come help us kick off the spring climbing season in person at the Spring Cling later this month!
This is sad and so utterly clueless… please let your friends know that this happened in one of our country’s treasured National Parks and is plain stupid. Though this is clearly not the work of climbers, it encourages the Park to focus on it’s mission of protection as opposed to improving the experience for outdoor rec enthusiasts.
Here is a recent LA Times article announcing the closure of access to the Dam and some surrounding trails that access it.
Volunteers needed for revegetation project March 24; afterglow ‘Spring Cling’ gathering for AAC that night!
Friends of Joshua Tree is partnering with American Alpine Club with the SPRING CLING event Saturday March 24th 6:30 pm in Downtown Joshua Tree, after a day of revegetation work in the central Hidden Valley area of the Park.
See/Download the Spring Cling spring cling flyer!
There’s room for more volunteers to participate (click here for details) in the park project with AAC & Threshold Climbing Gym on Saturday. Specs are for about 200 plants, vertical mulch and delineating trail with rocks along the swath of old road by the Old Woman (see pic above).
The Evening event will be at the Starlite 61738 29 Palms Hwy – 1 block west of Park Blvd.
Our show starts promptly at 7pm with images and narrative by Damon Corso.
The presentation will feature images of free soloing (Michael Reardon) amazing bouldering images, as well as sport climbing and adaptive climbing. Don’t miss this free event!
Grab a bite to eat at Pie for the People – we receive a special price on any pizza slice(s) & beverage between 6 & 9pm)
The tranquil and beautiful patio is a perfect place to mingle with fellow climbers, make new friends, hang out and enjoy a slice of the best pizza west of New York.
Learn about the March 24 special project in the Park here
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Park directly with questions;
Climbing Ranger – Resource Management
Joshua Tree National Park
(mention FOJT please!)
Join us to kick off the JTree climbing season October 21-23 with a host of sponsors, including for the first time ever the Joshua Tree National Park. It’s their 75th anniversary, and they are bringing high energy and entertainment to add to the mix of education, advocacy, swag giveaway, stewardship, comraderie and plain old FUN. Early bird pricing applies until September 1, so save $20 on the already great pricing for this special gathering of the tribe. Special guest athletes will be present to celebrate, participate and inspire. This is the first and best time to support FOJT and Joshua Tree Search & Rescue as the Park enters the General Management Plan review… which will shape climbing policy nationwide.
REGISTER HERE http://www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=220907
See pics of Climb Smart 2010 here
Friends of Joshua Tree will be hosting the 15th Climb Smart event in and around the Park this Fall, kicking off the climbing season in a special way with star athletes, informative clinics, special Park Service Projects, music and entertainment and a special 75th Anniversary of the Park celebration! Registration will open soon so let your friends know and sign up for our occassional newsletter…
Check out our previous Climb Smart photo galleries here
Read up what the Park is planning for the 75th celebration
Our first annual Spring Fund Drive is well under way and we appreciate all of you that stepped up to help us spring to life during the amazing JTree climbing season that is underway. Please contribute a little to keep support strong for Search & Rescue, Climbers’ Coffee, Newsletters and especially a strong voice for climbing with locals and land managers both.
Thanks and to sweeten the pot, we have some great swag (Gregory, Black Diamond, Sterling, and more) to dole out to select contributors to the first FOJT Annual Spring Fund Drive. But first things first… you have until May 30 so go for it!
CLICK HERE TO DONATE
Thanks for your consideration and support, and please join our mailing list (see up and right on our front page^) to keep in touch with the goings on with climbing in the Park. You’ll get 3 newsletters a year, and emergency updates occassionally, only from us at Friends Of Joshua Tree.
Please take note that the Towers of Uncertainty climbing area in the Geology Tour Road area is closed to climbing starting Friday, March 26th until after nesting for raptor protection. This includes Lava Dome, Reef Rock, Cave Rock, Crow’s Nest, Demon Dome, Gravity Rock, Two Bolt Rock, but not Mission Rock. Please respect this closure and encourage others to do so as well so we can help the long term preservation of the fauna of the park and climbing access.
*April 3 Movie Night at Sportsman’s Lodge, 7pm. Touching The Void, free for all attendees thanks to our generous sponsor Joshua Tree Outfitters.
*Joshua Tree National Park Social Trails restoration project
Friends of Joshua Tree is looking forward to hosting a social trails restoration project in the Joshua Tree National Park during the middle of May. We will post more details as we get them.
March 1 – April 15, 2010 - NPS Raptor Survey – this is a project that JTNPS is conducting to assess the presence of active raptor nests in and around popular climbing areas of the park (16 in total). We are in close communication with NPS on this issue and we are advocating that climbers have a way to feed back on any closures that may result from this first-time comprehensive survey. We believe in protecting the critical raptor populations in the park… and a proactive approach to identifying nesting sites makes sense. Steer clear of any survey work being done if you see it, and let the park know you support a reasonable program to protect key species in the park during the spring nesting cycle. If you have issues or comments, please let us know and/or contact the NPS Wildlife Ecologist Michael Vamstad.