The diversity of visitors to Joshua Tree does not reflect the diversity of California or the USA.
For example, the original inhabitants and caretakers of the park, the Native Americans, have many barriers to entry despite their great work in preserving the landscape over the centuries. In fact, many groups that are a big part of our general population have barriers to access national parks.
Under-represented groups include Black and Brown people, Native Americans, women of color, low-income locals, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities.
Our guides volunteer one day a month to help introduce outdoor climbing to people who would not otherwise have access. If you know someone who could benefit from this program, please have them contact us so they can try outdoor climbing with a professional guide for free.
Our long-term goal is to train women, people of color, LGBTQ and the disabled to become climbers, climbing guides, and guide service owners.
As white people, owners Erik and Theresa have enjoyed many privileges to access over the years, such as locals helping out with a stuck vehicle or giving directions in a remote area. We’ve camped on private property, thinking it was public land and got a talking to, but never feared for our safety or had the cops called on us.
If we had looked different, not all of those interactions would have necessarily gone so well. No one should be afraid for their safety if they have car trouble or get turned around on their way to a climbing area.