Climb Smart 2015 – check it out!

October 20, 2015 · Posted in Archives, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on Climb Smart 2015 – check it out! 

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.

The festival was held again at the Joshua Tree Lake Campground, along with the upgraded Desert Astronomy Theater for the evening feature events.

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


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!

URGENT: RESPONSE DEADLINE FEB 25. Eagle Landfill project next to JTNP?

February 24, 2011 · Posted in Call To Action, Climber Alert, Events, General, News · Comments Off on URGENT: RESPONSE DEADLINE FEB 25. Eagle Landfill project next to JTNP? 


In our meeting with JTNP Superintendent Curt Sauer last year, he indicated that although courts had twice decided that the Eagle Mtn landfill project (see here for background) was improperly planned and located, that Kaiser Eagle Mtn Inc. (the developer) would not stop.  And sure enough they are appealing to the Supreme Court! 

Well we can do something… tell Secretary of The Interior Ken Salazar that we the people simply will not tolerate a garbage dump located directly next to our nation’s treasure Joshua Tree National Park. 

Here’s an easy way to let your feelings be known, but you can also communicate individually to Mr. Salazar, who is a friend of conservation and is currently touring the country touting the President’s ‘America’s Great Outdoors Initiative’.  The timing (and irony) couldn’t be more perfect. is the direct line to Salazar and the DOI. is an online initiative of Working Assets, called Credo.  It’s legit too. 

Thanks and we will keep you apprised of developments in this fight to save JTree.


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! (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