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
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.
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
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)
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.
OCT. 22-24 FOJT with sponsors Black Diamond, Adventure 16, Sterling Ropes, Evolve Sports , Nomad Ventures and Uprising and kick off the climbing season in Joshua Tree right with skills clinics, pro athlete presentations, swag giveaways, costume contests, a new festival format and much more!
(Use the password ‘joshua‘ to get in if you’re not a ‘bot!)
There simply isn’t a better excuse to come to JTree, give back to the Park and build lifelong relationships with other climbers of all skill levels. Did we mention swag?
First 50 registrants to camp with us get limited campsites at the festival grounds, directly next to the Sportsman’s Club in Joshua Tree. Don’t miss this annual gathering that supports FOJT, Joshua Tree Search & Rescue and other key climbing advocacy groups. <