How to Support the Friends of Joshua Tree

FOJT is 100% supported by donations from climbers and event proceeds.  Keep the voice of climbing strong and effective by sending us a tax-deductible donation.  All donations will get a receipt in return mail, and sign up for our occasional e-newsletters and climber alerts. 

How Your Donations Support Us

Currently FOJT is supporting a multitude of projects

The  most visible to you is Climbers Coffee every Saturday & Sunday 8-10 am at Hidden Valley Campground in Joshua Tree National Park, during the climbing season. We’ve been supporting this program for over 10 years and the original sponsor of Climbers Coffee in the Park.  


Another is the new-ish Climbing Steward program at JTNP. The stewards live in Hidden Valley campground throughout the season and monitor climbing activity in the park. Additional duties include assisting resources management with plant surveys , trail restoration, climbing closures and cultural site monitoring. They answer questions from the public and make Joshua Tree a better place to climb.

The H.A.R.P. ( Hardware/Anchor Replacement Project ) is another long term project to replace and upgrade the aging bolts/anchors in Joshua Tree National Park. Some of the hardware, placed in the 70’s,  was small, sometimes homemade and not up to today’s standards.  By some estimates there are over 10,000 bolts in the park.  So the H.A.R.P. team has a lot of work to do and it isn’t cheap. The team uses a one for one hole replacement with a 99% success rate.  No new holes is the goal. This is very gear intensive requiring drills , ropes, tools (including unique custom made tools), brushes , chains, bolts, haul bags , slings and more.

FOJT is building a gear library for our yearly Climb Smart gathering. This would enable FOJT to supply harnesses, helmets & shoes to participants who may not have all the gear they need.  This event helps climbers understand how to climb safer and better outside.

Finally, one of our long term goals is to replace the aging search and rescue vehicle. We horse-traded and negotiated long and hard to acquire this rig for the JOSAR team and JTNP, but it’s getting long in the tooth. This is a mid-term need and appreciate help toward this substantial effort. 

As you can see, your donation dollars are put to good use.  

Corporate Support

If you work for or own a company that would like to support Friends of Joshua Tree, please contact us. We are always in need of gear donations (stuff we can turn into cash support at our events, raffles, and auctions), food (stuff we can feed people at our events), or just about anything else. Be creative and be helpful.  The JOSAR garage project is high priority so your support is especially needed now.  Get in before the end of this year to maximize your tax-deductible contribution in this calendar year.