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.
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.
Mark your calendars (OCTOBER 17-19, 2014) for the kickoff event of the Fall climbing season in JTree… Climb Smart 2014. A benefit for Friends Of Joshua Tree as well as JOSAR, this gathering at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground and Astronomy Arts Theater and various venues in and outside of the Park is simply an awesome way to sharpen your trad skills, meet some amazing climbers, get to win piles of swag, see Real Rock 9 “Valley Uprising” Friday night and meet John Long Saturday, and give back to the Park and just have fun with loads of new climbers.
Here’s what you get by registering for Climb Smart 2014:
- 2.5 days of skills clinics with PCGI and SCMA instructors
- 2 dinners
- 3 nights camping (through Saturday night)
- Ticket to Reel Rock Film Tour #9
- Vendor village for learning about the latest gear innovations
- Lots of other climbers, beginner to advanced, to build your network out
- Athlete presentations and coaching
- SEE THE 2014 Climb Smart SCHEDULE HERE CS clinics 2014 FD (schedule subject to change… heads up! )
On Saturday, April 19, 2014, Joshua Tree National Park, along with other fee parks in the National Park Service, will kick off National Park Week and offer a fee-free weekend, April 19 and 20, 2014.
Come visit Joshua Tree Visitor Center (open 8-5), Oasis Visitor Center (open 9-5) and Cottonwood Visitor Center (open 9-4). Enjoy the beauty of the desert, hike a trail, and experience the majesty of your national parks! Some closures due to storm damage and nesting raptors are still in effect. Please ask a ranger at one of the visitor centers for additional details.
Pass the word please, especially to your friends who have never seen JTree in the springtime.
Join a ranger for a program! Programs currently having space available include:
April 19 – Evening Campfire Program at Indian Cove Campground, 8:00 p.m.;
April 20 – Cap Rock Hike, 2:00 p.m.;
April 23 – Cholla Cactus Garden Talk, 10:00 a.m.;
April 24 – Twin Tanks Talk, 10:00 a.m.; Walk Street Mill Hike, 11:00 a.m.
April 25 – Cottonwood Canyon Hike, 2:00 p.m.; Evening Campfire Program at Cottonwood Campground, 8:00; Evening Campfire Program at Jumbo Rocks Campground, 8:00 p.m.;
April 26 – Evening Program at Indian Cove Campground, 8:00 p.m.
You can also join a ranger for informal talks throughout the week at various locations including Hidden Valley, Skull Rock, Keys View and Barker Dam. Times will vary. Please check in at any of our visitor centers to see where these opportunities are available.
On April 26, 2014, we will conclude National Park Week by celebrating our next generation of park stewards with National Junior Ranger Day. Please see a ranger at any of our visitor centers for a list of ongoing activities this weekend.
Enjoy a glimpse at what makes these parks and park sites special to some of our dedicated staff by linking to: http://www.nps.gov/jotr/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm We encourage you to enjoy your public lands and to find a place that gives you solace – find your park!
Climb Smart 2013 will base out of Joshua Tree Lake Campground as in the past two years but clinics will be held inside the Park, based on the recent action of Congress to allow us back into our National Parks. Registration Still Open for an amazing value-packed weekend to kick off the climbing season in JTree!
Friday night is the REEL ROCK Film Tour 8, debuting for the first time in Joshua Tree and sure to be a treat in the setting of the Joshua Tree Astronomy Arts Theater at JT Lake Campground. After a full day of sharpening skills and climbing, we can’t imagine a better way to finish the evening.
Saturday full day clinics are followed by a special visit from Hans Florine, speed climbing champion and Yosemite legend. The full event comes with a delicious dinner, participation in the raffle, and a special chance to hear from Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Mark Butler!
JOIN US at Climb Smart 2013!
Friends Of Joshua Tree, as part of a nationwide network of climbing advocacy groups, regrets the failure of our government to function just as climbing season opens in the arid regions of the US. This failure deeply affects not just FOJT, but our friends at JOSAR (Joshua Tree Search & Rescue), the local Joshua Tree gateway community and the entire global climbing community of Joshua Tree. We (along with our friends at Access Fund and AAC) demand that Congress immediately open Joshua Tree National Park and every desert climbing area managed by the NPS to facilitate visitation and commerce critical to the region and the health of organizations like JOSAR and FOJT across the country.
The FOJT Climb Smart event is still planned to stage October 18-20, as a large portion of the event happens outside of the Park boundaries. Contingency plans are under development for the elements of Climb Smart that are currently planned inside the Park boundaries. We will be posting updates to our website and to registrants of the event regularly as the situation unfolds. Thanks for your patience and if there is one thing you might do about this, please reach out to your local congressional representative to let them know that this form of negotiation is unacceptable to the American public and that consequences will be delivered by an empowered and connected network of passionate climbers via the power of our vote and the sway of our influence in our greater communities (over 12 million climbers in the US).
Board Of Directors, Friends Of Joshua Tree
The popular Indian Cove accessible crag known as Rattlesnake Canyon has been closed to all access while the JTNP deepens the investigation of the vandals defacing rock and creating blight in our National Park.
Here is what the mainstream media is saying http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-joshua-tree-graffiti-20130413,0,3668905.story
This link will take you to the official announcement by JTNP on the closure.
“We hope it’s isolated. We’re hoping that the public will help us out by reporting any damage or vandalism that they see.” One ranger said to the Press.
FOJT and the Access Fund are in dialogue with the Park on remedies and potential activation of the climbing community to combat this epidemic of impact and poor taste. Please feel free to share your feelings, or better yet solution ideas, to this blog and we will air them at our Board Retreat nexst week.