How do you approach teaching climbing, what is your philosophy?

Our core concepts and teaching philosophy are:

  • Create a supportive and low stress environment that enhances experimentation and skill acquisition.
  • Have fun and laugh.
  • Create challenges that require students to “dig deep” in order to succeed.
  • Help build skills through multiple teaching modalities—lecture, demonstration, hands-on practice, and personalized coaching.
  • We can make you a better climber and have fun together at the same time.
  • We practice and instill Leave No Trace ethics.
  • Friendships begin here. A special bond forms when team members surmount challenges together. We’ve made many of our best friends by sharing a rope or a tent together.
  • We do not discriminate based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, class, disability, or sexual orientation.

What should I bring?

Joshua Tree climbing is generally at around 4000′ elevation and temperatures can be cooler than many people realize.  Prepare for all possible conditions-rain, wind, cold, even if it’s not forecasted.  A layering system of synthetic and wool insulating garments and a wind/waterproof shell is usually the best way to stay warm in cooler temperatures.  There are no services in Joshua Tree National Park-you must bring all your own food, water, camping equipment, firewood, etc.

Be sure to bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • sunglasses
  • sun hat
  • warm insulating layers
  • rainjacket/windjacket
  • 3-4 liters of water
  • backpack to carry your stuff
  • comfortable walking/hiking shoes
  • rock shoes
  • harness
  • helmet
  • chalk
  • a signed copy of the release form

Where do I camp in Joshua Tree?

Camping in Joshua Tree is very crowded and campsites are hard to come by.  The best camping sites for climbers are, in this order: Hidden Valley Campground, Ryan Campground, Jumbo Rock, Belle, and White Tank.  These campgrounds are all first-come first-serve.  They do not take reservations.  6 people, 2 cars, and 2 tents are allowed per campsite, which cost $10 per night.

  • There is no water or firewood in the national park.  You must bring all your own drinking water and firewood.
  • There are no stores or services in the national park.
  • There is no cell phone coverage in the national park.

Reservations can be made for Black Rock Campground and Indian Cove Campground, although these are farther away from the main climbing areas near Hidden Valley, and reservations must be made 6 months in advance.  Go to the Joshua Tree National Park website for more information.

Other Camping Areas:

  •  Joshua Tree Retreat Center, which apparently is very nice and can be reserved.
  • Nice RV and tent campground called Joshua Tree Lake Campground which typically has space available.  From highway 62 head north on Sunfair.
  • Overfow camping on BLM land. North of highway 62, called the Coyote Dry Lakebed.  It is not particularly pleasant camping, but it is free.

Motels and Vacation Rentals
There are a variety of motels in Joshua Tree (High Desert Motel), Yucca Valley(Best Western, Super 8) and 29 Palms, (Comfort Inn, Motel 6)

Joshua Tree also has a great variety of vacation rentals which are fabulous, ranging from secluded ranch homes to cabins and trailers.  Look at AirBnb or VRBO or Moonlight Mesa Retreats.

How do I get there? Directions:

All Joshua Tree outings meet at the Hemingway Buttress day use area.  Park at the sign that says “Hemingway”.  This is a paved parking area with a pit toilet.  You should enter the national park through the West Entrance (through the town of Joshua Tree). All other entrances will add significant additional driving distances.

How do I get there from LA or San Diego:

Take Hwy 10 east
Take the Hwy 62 exit (just a couple miles past the Hwy 111 exit)
Go through the towns of Morongo Valley and Yucca Valley
Enter the town of Joshua Tree.
Turn right on Park Blvd (2nd stoplight).
Go 5 miles to the park entrance.
Go 7 miles further to the Hemingway Buttress day use area on your right side.

What is your refund policy?

If the class is cancelled before it even begins due to foul weather, then you will receive a full refund or full credit towards a future class.   If a class cancels due to foul weather after the class has begun, then students will be charged on a pro-rated basis for the hours they attended, or a partial credit will be reserved for a future class.

If a student cancels for any reason 10 or more days before your scheduled class or guided climb they are entitled to a full refund, minus a $25 per person cancellation fee.

A 50% credit is given to cancellations with less than 10 days notice as long as the cancellation is not done on the same day of the booking.  Same day cancellations are considered a no-show and students will forfeit all of the payment.
There is no cell phone service in the national park, so last minute rescheduling does not work. Your guide will wait up to 45 minutes if you are late. If you show up more than 45 minutes late, then the day is considered canceled.

Do you have a YouTube channel?

We do!  Please check out our YouTube videos for rock climbing tips.
Please click on this link to get to our YouTube channel >> California Climbing School