Joshua Tree, California


Crag Rock Climb - Joshua Tree, California

Join us for five days of climbing in sunny California at the world-class climbing destination Joshua Tree. Participants must be Basic Alpine Climbing graduates or equivalent; Intermediate Alpine Climbing students and Crag Climbing graduates preferred.

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  • Fri, Feb 20, 2015 — Wed, Feb 25, 2015
  • Global Adventures Committee
  • Climbing, Global Adventures
  • Rock Climb
  • Adults
  • Moderate

We will meet in Palm Springs about one hour drive from Joshua Tree National Park late Friday morning, February 20. Here we will pick up our rental cars and drive to Yucca Valley where we will stock up on groceries before we head to Black Rock Campground just outside town where we will camp during our stay. We will spend Friday afternoon through Wednesday morning climbing in Joshua Tree National Park or at Indian Cove just outside the park. We will return to Seattle late Wednesday evening, February 25.

Itinerary Highlights:  We will climb routes ranging from 5.6 to 5.10. The trip leaders will set up top-ropes for most routes, but you will have the opportunity to lead if you choose to do so. There also will be options for multi-pitch climbing. This is a great opportunity for intermediate students to hone their crack climbing skills or to advance their abilities to lead trad.

Lodging:  We will be camping at Black Rock Campground outside of Joshua Tree National Park. All kitchen gear (stoves, coolers, pots, pans, plates, utensils etc.) will be provided. Tents, sleeping bags and pads can be rented for an additional fee or you bring your own.

Food:  We will have most meals at the campground. There is a VONS (Safeway) grocery store in Yucca Valley where you can buy pretty much anything you might need, including pre-pared meals if you prefer not to cook. We might eat out for dinner a few times depending on what the group decides.


Leader’s experience:  Stefanie Schiller is a climb leader and chair of Advanced Climbing with the Seattle Mountaineers. She has over 10 years of climbing experience with the Mountaineers and has been climbing extensively in Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Red Rocks, Cascades, Squamish and other destinations. Stefanie is AMGA certified as Single Pitch Instructor. This will be her seventh trip to Joshua Tree., 206.552.6293.

Participant requirements:  Participants need to be minimally Basic Alpine Climbing graduates or equivalents, Intermediate Alpine Climbing students and Crag Climbing graduates preferred. Participants need to be able to belay and rappel safely, and follow 5.7 competently. They are not expected to lead unless they want to and have the necessary training to do so. Participants need to be Mountaineers members with an up-to-date waiver on file.

Trip Price Detail:  $400 based on six participants. Includes airfare for two instructors and Mountaineers administrative fee. Also included are car rentals, camping fees, park fees, rental gear, and basic food supplies that can be shared across the group such as coffee, sugar, salt etc. Not included are airfare of the participants, personal equipment rentals, and meals.

Registration instructions:  Please fill out the application form and send it to Upon approval by the trip leader you may register online. Payment in full is required to register.

Cancellation Policy :  If you cancel because of an emergency, you may receive a refund less expenses incurred and a $100 administrative fee.                                                                      


Joshua Tree, California

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

After registration, the leader will send participants a series of letters or emails with information about how to prepare for the trip including recommended and required gear, maps and guidebooks.

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