This course is an excellent introduction to the world of desert backpacking. This seven-day adventure will provide you with the opportunity to challenge your personal limits in one of the most demanding and beautiful environments this country has to offer. You will experience the beauty, depth, and fragility of life in the Mojave Desert and observe the unique birds, plants, and animals that make this desert landscape such a special place. Your camp will move each day as you make your way through flat expanses and jumbled granite.
This course is designed for those new to backpacking or that have some experience interested in a new environment. Each day presents opportunities to learn new skills and work closely with your teammates to travel efficiently and accomplish tasks. The course will begin by learning foundational skills such as camp setup, cooking, and navigation. As skills are gained and trust is built amongst the group, instructors will step back and transfer ownership of the course to you and your team. You will also have a unique reflective solo experience toward the end of your course. As most visitors to the park never get more than a mile from their car, this course is a fantastic opportunity to see the park’s beauty and grandeur up close and personal.
Joshua Tree National Park is a well-known international climbing destination set against the backdrop of one of California’s most surreal desert landscapes. During your course, you will be inspired and intrigued by plant life and geology that resemble alien-like creations from a Dr. Seuss book. You will backpack through the same bizarre and jumbled rock formations that have challenged rock climbers and adventurers from across the world for over 60 years.
The Mojave Desert’s sunny weather is conducive to maximum time on the trail. Weather in the park is generally dry and rainfall is normally sparse, although unpredictable, irregular, and sometimes persistent torrents do occur. Temperatures are most comfortable in the spring and fall, with an average of 85°F and low of 50°F. Winter brings cooler days, around 60°F with 32°F nights.
Course starts at the Palm Springs International Airport.
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