Spring has Sprung in JTree!
This is the time of year when birds of prey in the Park build their nests and get very VERY sensitive about close by activity.
Please observe all posted closures, and know before you go. CLICK HERE to see the recent JTNP announcements, and also look for posted signage near crags before planning to climb. Areas to avoid at this time are Morongo Man area, as well as crags/routes in the Patagonia Pile and Wall of Biblical Fallacies areas.
THANK YOU for helping the climbing community be a great stewardship partner to the birds, and to the Park.
Join FOJT, JOSAR, and the climbing community in a gathering hosted by Joshua Tree National Park! March 8, 2017 6-8pm at the Joshua Tree Community Center (doors open 5:30pm).
Let your voice be heard… Come and discuss the current and future state of climbing in the national park. Snacks provided.
The link for tickets and for more information is:
(you’ll need to click on ‘Buy Tickets’ to get all the info… don’t worry no payment needed until the very end)
Below are pics of last year’s event… check it out! Find more pics on our Gallery Tab above.
Thank you for your interest and support! FOJT Board of Directors
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.
February 5-7, 2016, a women’s-specific climbing course focused on trad techniques is being brought to Joshua Tree in a collaboration with the good folks at Cliffhanger Guides. From their site you’ll see this is one group that celebrates and educates around multi-pitch trad climbing with and for Women. They do have a funny name… but they take their climbing education seriously!
Check out this fun, short clip of a CWN event at Seneca Rocks (gorgeous!) and enjoy some good time music from the Allman Bros. too. If you are interested to learn more go to www.chickswithnuts.com and go to ‘Events Out West’. or just email email@example.com . Ladies Only! Sorry guys…
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.
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
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)
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.
CLIMB SMART REGISTRANTS GET –
- TO SUPPORT JOSAR, FOJT AND THE HEALTH OF OUR NATIONAL PARK
- 3-DAYS FULL EVENT ACCESS
- 2 DINNERS (SUPPORTED BY JOSAR AND A16)
- REEL ROCK FILM TOUR 10 SCREENING FRIDAY NIGHT
- 3 DAYS CLINICS/TRACKS INCL. OPEN CLIMBING
- RAFFLE TICKET AND T-SHIRT (LIMITED QTY)
- VENDOR VILLAGE ACCESS TO BRAND REPS, RETAILERS, AND DEMO GEAR
- CAMPING AT JOSHUA TREE LAKES CAMPGROUND
- CARPOOL VEHICLE ACCESS INTO JTNP FOR CLINICS AND SERVICE PROJECT
- SERVICE PROJECT! GIVE BACK TO OUR PARK… AND MORE!
WHAT? ONLY $109?
REGISTER NOW and join the climbing community in Josh.