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.
The Pics are posted, the surveys are done, and the season is well under way in Joshua Tree… but it’s not too early to Save The Date for Climb Smart 2017.
Cut and Paste this into your 4K Digital Interactive Voice-Activated Robot Calendar ….
CLIMB SMART 2017, OCTOBER 13-15, 2017
(JTNP and Joshua Tree Lake Campground)
This year’s event will sell out, so keep an eye on posts and our social stream (facebook = Friends Of Joshua Tree, and Climb Smart, twitter @JTreeFriends).
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.
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!
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).
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.
Get involved and stay connected. The County of San Bernardino is updating Joshua Tree’s Community Plan and invites you to a series of workshops to learn what is going on, ask questions, take surveys and voice your opinions. If you are passionate about recreation opportunities and a healthy rec environment in and around Joshua Tree, lend your voice!
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