An excellent introduction to the art of rock climbing, this seven-day adventure is an opportunity to explore an international climbing destination and challenge your personal limits. 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. Camping in prepared sites on some nights will allow for more time to immerse yourself in the course curriculum.
This course is designed for beginning rock climbers and will teach you a variety of skills necessary to be an effective top rope climber. Each day presents a different focus and lessons are designed around experiential learning. The course begins with foundational skills such as belaying and movement on rock before progressing toward more advanced skills, including rappelling and setting top rope anchors. During your course, you will also gain knowledge in risk management as well as the environmental and political issues that surround climbing and land usage.
With thousands of established climbing routes to choose from, 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 climb 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 rock. 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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