This was my first experience with the desert, & where I learned how to rock climb.
My son Kyle and I went out with the Scout Troop, What a great weekend. I am already thinking about June we will be back
First climb there was Mike's Books. A few of my favorites are Toe Jam, Pope's Crack and Figures
We had a great time on our yearly trip to J Tree. We had about 20 climbers ranging in age from 11 to 50. Thanks Venture Crew 1214 Fullerton for Hosting the trip. Indian Cove was great and the weather was the best.
I've summited Joshua Tree Ntl. Park many times, & many different places.
Have wonderful memories from there, & anticipate & hope for many more to come! Smelling like J-Tree granite after a long day of climbing, surrounded by all of the rock formations & funked-out J-trees, with an impossibly big desert sky above (esp. full of stars), is sublime. Have hung out with some great people there, definitely one of the nicest things. First 'official' 5th-class free solo there, too. Even just beer & kind while chillin' is great there (well, even better than most places).
Fav' routes there (so far) include Stichter Quits (face), Double Cross (crack), Sail Away (comb. face & crack), & Palm Reader (crack).
Some of the most despicable routes I've ever done are there also, most notably Dogleg (terrible butt-scumming chimney/off-width) & Gaz Giz.
I climbed Queen Mountain, Ryan Mnt., almost Quail Mnt. lots of bouldering, many beers and some good times camping
Great place to go for some day climbing and bouldering. Awesome place for camping. Miss going since we have moved...no longer a 2 hour drive for some fun
This is one of my favorite places on earth to wake up. Stichter Quits was a highlight of my 2003 trip. The most recent trip, May 2005, was equally memorable. I loved many climbs including Cranny. I was lucky enought to have the fabulous company of Dirk, Gordon, Eszter, and Vasilis. The only things that would've made this trip better would have been another week and faster regrowth of the skin on my fingertips. Mount Ryan is also a divine sunset hike.
I don't have my guide book any more, but I learned to climb in JT ( among other places ) and have done dozens of routes. Led all the aid routes too for El Cap training including Rurp Romp, Goof Proof Roof and others. One of these days I might actually get back down there!
heaven on earth
Sigh... Married with children has curtailed annual trips, but I have fond memories.
Love being in Joshua Tree. The rock is amazing and I only have several thousand more routes before I am a local.
Weather was great, I thought is was going to be cold, but we didn't even need a tent or sleeping bag. Amazing! I sprained my ankle on a jump about 10 ft down and 4 ft out, but I'm not sure if that is going to stop me from trying to climb next week!
Busted my left ankle on this route taking a 25' footer! Next time I visit......it's going down!!!
BTW, 'The Wizard Of Oz' is hillarious with the sound turned down, complete with an adlib dialog of climbing scenarios and explitives dubbed in. A true couch potato treat with an awesome friend!
"If I only had C4!"
We spent Christmas climbing with family and friends. Very cool place.
750 more to go and I can be a local.....
I love coming out to JT, whether it's with family for just hanging out or friends for climbing. On any given weekend from Fall to Spring we'll pack the kids in the car, throw in an ice chest, and head out to the park. It's always like a mini-vacation.
I've been climbing at Joshua Tree for only 2 years and have had quite different experiences each time. Thanksgiving weekend showed heavy showers, New Year's Day was blissfully warm, late May sparked a naked man sun bathing.......what a wonderful place!
I have been out to J tree every spring for the last 10 years - what a great place - Go climb a rock
What is the summit like at Joshua Tree?
If you climbed a bolted route, and expect a fat two bolt anchor with chains, you are in for a surprise.
If you expected an obvious walk-off, surprise again.
Blue blue skies.
Red and bloody fingertips.
New ropes showing significant wear and fraying.
Cracks that eat your gear and fingers.
Friction climbing that is unbelievable.
Pungent tangy smells of sage and creosote.
Belaying from the car bumper.
Hour long hikes to some climb, with only you and your climbing friends, lost in the Wonderland of Rocks.
My top ten favorite climbs at Joshua Tree:
10. Double Cross.
9. Sticher Quits (Black Dike).
8. Sail Away.
7. Mental Physics.
6. Lightning Crack.
5. Sitting here in Limbo.
3. Walk on the Wild Side.
2. Bird of Fire.
1. Loose Lady.