Volunteers needed for revegetation project March 24; afterglow ‘Spring Cling’ gathering for AAC that night!

February 26, 2012 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Volunteers needed for revegetation project March 24; afterglow ‘Spring Cling’ gathering for AAC that night! 

Old Road revegetation project-before

Friends of Joshua Tree is partnering with American Alpine Club with the SPRING CLING event Saturday March 24th 6:30 pm in Downtown Joshua Tree, after a day of revegetation work in the central Hidden Valley area of the Park. 

See/Download the Spring Cling spring cling flyer!

There’s room for more volunteers to participate (click here for details)  in the park project with AAC & Threshold Climbing Gym on Saturday.  Specs are for about 200 plants, vertical mulch and delineating trail with rocks along the swath of old road by the Old Woman (see pic above).

The Evening event will be at the Starlite 61738 29 Palms Hwy – 1 block west of Park Blvd.

Our show starts promptly at 7pm with images and narrative by Damon Corso.

The presentation will feature images of free soloing (Michael Reardon) amazing bouldering images, as well as sport climbing and adaptive climbing.  Don’t miss this free event!

Grab a bite to eat at Pie for the People – we receive a special price on any pizza slice(s) & beverage between 6 & 9pm)

The tranquil and beautiful patio is a perfect place to mingle with fellow climbers, make new friends, hang out and enjoy a slice of the best pizza west of New York.

Learn about the March 24 special project in the Park here 

You can email us at info@friendsofjosh.org,  or call the Park directly with questions;

Bernadette Regan
Climbing Ranger – Resource Management
Joshua Tree National Park
760-367-5578

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Join us at Climb Smart 2011!

September 27, 2011 · Posted in Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Join us at Climb Smart 2011! 
OCTOBER 21-23, JOSHUA TREE LAKE CAMPGROUND AND CLIMBING SITES WITHIN JTNP – Join Friends of Joshua Tree and legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Brittany Griffith, and Kurt Smith as we kick off the climbing season with skills clinics, multimedia presentations, service projects in the Park, a big Saturday night party and raffle, and all around serious fun for the whole weekend. This year in a new cool venue, includes camping and supports Search & Rescue, Climbers Coffee, and our ongoing work with the NPS to make sure climbers’ voices are heard and considered in Park Policy & Management decisions. REGISTER NOW!

CS10 Clinic Schedule (last year’s climbing clinic lineup and format, for reference)
ClimbSmart2009ConfirmationInfo[1] Example of Past Year Confirmation letter for reference (Different venue and format for 2011, but maybe still helpful in understanding the event)

FOJT donates Ford F-350 Utility truck to NPS for Search & Rescue team

June 4, 2011 · Posted in Climber Alert, General, News · Comments Off on FOJT donates Ford F-350 Utility truck to NPS for Search & Rescue team 

FOJT, JOSAR and JTNP Superintendent Mark Butler w/staff accepting Ford F-350 Truck donation

Friends Of Joshua Tree, through several years of horse-trading and donation wrangling, has handed over the keys and pink slip to a sweet SAR vehicle to Joshua Tree National Park. The official press release will be coming out soon but you web-peepers and FOJT supporters get the news first! THANK YOU for your support in person, in cash, in gear and in spirit… it all makes a big difference and enables us to make a difference on behalf of the climbing community, and in service to not only climbers but all user groups of the park.
Climbers doing good!

Raptor nest closure in effect now; Towers Of Uncertainty

March 23, 2011 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Raptor nest closure in effect now; Towers Of Uncertainty 

This area has been closed in spring for the past few years due to both American Kestrel and Red-Tailed Hawk nests being verified as active by the Park Service.  Please do not disturb these sensitive areas off of Geology Tour Road.  Thank you in advance and enjoy the epic climbing in JTree this spring as the flowers pop… stay tuned for more info on the situation in the Park, the 75th anniversary celebration of JTNP, and upcoming events by signing up for our email newsletter (up and right on this site!). 

Here is a link to more information on the raptor situation inside the Park.

http://www.nps.gov/jotr/planyourvisit/climbing.htm

Jan. 29 JTNP Celebration and New JTNP Superintendent Mark Butler

January 12, 2011 · Posted in Archives, Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, News · Comments Off on Jan. 29 JTNP Celebration and New JTNP Superintendent Mark Butler 

Come celebrate Joshua Tree National Park’s 75th Anniversary with Huell Howser and meet the new Super as well!

http://www.jtnp75.org/ (link to invite page)

Mark Butler, new JTNP Superintendent

And… check out this little bio on NEW JTNP Superintendent Mark Butler… he’s climbed in Joshua Tree even, and hails from Yosemite National Park, which enjoys a strong climbing culture.   Read more by clicking this

http://www.nps.gov/jotr/parknews/supbutler.htm

Holiday Cheer and Happy New Year!

December 28, 2009 · Posted in General · Comments Off on Holiday Cheer and Happy New Year! 
coulda been

coulda been but wasn't!

A short Thank You to those who support climbing in Joshua Tree, for your volunteerism, financial support, participation in events and suggestions made (which prompted this message!). We’d be nowhere without you. We kick off the new year with a meeting with the NPS to activate our MOU with the Park, and then to our retreat to plan our 2010-11 activities and communications. Please do contact us if you have suggestions, feedback, info on climbing areas or hot spots to know about.

Thanks and see you at the crag.

FOJT Board of Directors

Summer ’08 Campground Closures

September 9, 2008 · Posted in News · Comments Off on Summer ’08 Campground Closures 

News from nps.gov;

As in past years, Joshua Tree National Park will once again close some campgrounds for the 2008 summer season. Summer is the slow season at Joshua Tree, and there is reduced utilization of camping sites during the hot summer months. Seasonal campground closures allow impacted areas to recover and… [read more]