winter 2011-2012 035Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most popular climbing areas in the world.   It offers year-round rock climbing, easy access, climbs of all difficulty levels, and an absurd amount of terrain. You can almost always find a quiet area even on the busiest weekends if you hike just a short distance.     

Joshua Tree weather is ideal in the fall and spring, but winter is a very popular time to climb as well, with highs in the 50’s and 60’s and typically sunny weather.  Summer temperatures in Joshua Tree can be surprisingly pleasant if you climb in the early morning or evening.  

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Tahquitz Rock boasts dozens of classic multi pitch climbs up to 8 pitches in length.

Tahquitz Rock

Tahquitz Rock is the best place in Southern California to train for climbing in Yosemite or the High Sierra.  It offers superb granite multi-pitch climbing up to 900 feet in height.  The approach hike gains 1000′ to reach the base of the rock so this is a great place to get a cardio and leg workout as well.  These are the finest climbs in Southern California, rivaling Yosemite in quality.  Many pioneers of Yosemite climbing learned here first.

The High Sierra

The High Sierra is home to some of the most magnificent rock climbs in the world.  Schedule a guided climb of a classic High Sierra peak like Mt Whitney or Mt Russell, and have an adventure you will never forget.  Most climbs require a high camp, while some can be done car to car in one day.  All will require acclimatization to altitude and a high degree of fitness.  Climbs are typically accessed from the towns of Bishop or Lone Pine, on the east side of the Sierra crest.  Our season for guided climbs in the High Sierra is July through September.