Climb Smart energy continues at Reel Rock, courtesy of Gear Coop

November 22, 2016 · Posted in Archives, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Climb Smart energy continues at Reel Rock, courtesy of Gear Coop 


Last week the Reel Rock 11 Tour came to Costa Mesa, CA. Huge thanks to Gear Coop for hosting another awesome Reel Rock Film Tour to benefit the climbing community and FOJT. Rock On! Their support will go toward supporting JOSAR for calendar 2017, the bolt replacement project in Joshua Tree known as HARP, and the operations of FOJT keeping the lights on (well not real lights, we don’t have an office or anything). Thanks to the whole climbing community who helps us do our work. 


Climb Smart 2016 gathers record crowd for education and stewardship (and FUN)

October 18, 2016 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Climb Smart 2016 gathers record crowd for education and stewardship (and FUN) 

This past weekend nearly 400 climbers gathered in Joshua Tree to learn and refresh skills taught by pros, get inspired by presentations and conversation, and give back to the Park at Climb Smart 2016. This 20th staging of the event was the largest ever and was the first ever to reach sold out status. The event is the single fund-raiser of the year for FOJT in support of JOSAR, HARP (rebolting initiative in JTNP), Climbers’ Coffee, the Access Fund and other initiatives throughout the year that protect climbing access and manage constructive dialogue with land management agencies, the conservation community and the outdoor recreation industry. We hope you support our sponsors and guiding organizations, as well as the independent specialty retailers and local Joshua Tree businesses, that are at the root of a healthy climbing ecosystem and industry.

A few pics here, but most are getting posted to the Climb Smart facebook page 

OR the Friends Of Joshua Tree facebook group.

HUGE Thanks to all of you who contributed as a volunteer, guide, organizer, retailer, pro climber, chef, sponsor, brand representative, host, teacher and participant. The community came together around education and stewardship, and plain old-fashioned fun to kick off the JTree climbing season. Climb safe and Climb Smart this year… and thanks again for the amazing support!

Climb Smart 2016 SOLD OUT! Still a few tix for Friday and Saturday night events tho

October 12, 2016 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Climb Smart 2016 SOLD OUT! Still a few tix for Friday and Saturday night events tho 

For the first time in 20 years, the FOJT Climb Smart event has sold out for full weekend passes. THANK YOU to all of you supporters out there for your crucial support of local climbing advocacy!

There are still some tickets available for our Friday and Saturday night events that include pro athlete presentations and a special screening of Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia (Friday night only).

Find out more here 




Additional acreage for JTNP?

May 24, 2016 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, General, News · Comments Off on Additional acreage for JTNP? 

The NPS has initiated a boundary adjustment study that considers returning over 20,000 acres of land in the Eagle Mountain area back to the park. The draft document is out with a variety of alternatives with the majority of land to be returned currently under BLM Management.

See below for resources to better understand the alternatives proposed (4, currently). Take a look at these linked docs and maps… and then use the email JOTR




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Please feel free to comment on this post to share your feelings about expanding the Park boundaries, what issues are important to consider, and how this can impact the local recreation economy of Joshua Tree. 

FOJT Board Of Directors


Climb Smart set for October 14-16, 2016

May 16, 2016 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General · Comments Off on Climb Smart set for October 14-16, 2016 

Time to mark your calendars, everyone. OCTOBER 14-16 is the annual FOJT Climb Smart event, staging once again at Joshua Tree Lakes Campground and in various spots inside JTNP. This  year will be a special community gathering marking the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 19th staging of this seasonal kickoff to the climbing season in Josh. Join us for a value-packed weekend of education, inspiration and celebration, all in support of a great cause. Registration will open around June 1, and all proceeds benefit JOSAR, Friends Of Joshua Tree and Access Fund.

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How does Search & Rescue work, anyway?

March 8, 2016 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on How does Search & Rescue work, anyway? 

Friends Of Joshua Tree supports JOSAR (the volunteer Search & Rescue in JTNP) very actively… but you might ask ‘What Does SAR do’? and ‘How do they do it’? Or maybe ‘How might I Get Involved’?

JOSAR performs a crucial function in and around the Park performing searches, evacuations, and treatment on site of lost and injured park-goers. It doesn’t matter if they are hikers, bird-watchers, backpackers, climbers, or campers. JOSAR is there for the entire community. Without this mission-critical service that works in close partnership with Park management, the vast majority of lost and injured park users would be in much worse condition (including losing their lives). We have a lot to be grateful for in Joshua Tree’s JOSAR group; they train hard every month, and have achieved a level of respect and notoriety in the region, setting a high bar for the mountain and urban rescue groups that operate in San Bernardino County, Imperial County, and Riverside County.

Here is an interesting article from Outside Magazine on how SAR works in a general sense using examples from other National Parks.

and this shot, from Joshua Tree National Park taken by JOSAR member, of JOSAR members training. Guess where?

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benchmark studios photo


New National Monuments to flank JTNP- Thanks, Obama!

February 13, 2016 · Posted in Archives, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on New National Monuments to flank JTNP- Thanks, Obama! 

Through executive order, President Obama has brought to reality the multi-year dream of Senator Dianne Feinstein and the conservation community in California by proclaiming not one but THREE new National Monuments, all in the greater Mojave Desert ecosystem. Friends Of Joshua Tree, along with a cadre of other key conservation-minded organizations throughout California (like the California Wilderness Coalition) were asked to endorse this legislation during the spring of 2015. We’re excited to see it finally push through, with the POTUS’s help.

The Sand to Snow NM, Castle Mountains NM, and Mojave Trails NM are unique, culturally and recreationally significant areas in the high desert biome of Southern California. With the National Monument designation, they will be protected from high impact human activities while enhancing responsible recreation activities like hiking, biking and climbing.

The maps shown below depict an overview of the region, the Castle Mountains NM area within the Mojave National Preserve, and the Sand To Snow NM area directly adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park.

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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


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