Log in

Joshua Tree Climb-Fest

  • 11/14/2022
  • 12:00 PM
  • 11/19/2022
  • 12:00 PM
  • Black Rock Campground, Joshua Tree NP
  • 6


Registration is closed

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing! Meet up with other MAA members for 5 days of sublime desert rock top roping and leading! Bring your rock mojo, your trad gear and rad climbing skills! We'll climb in small groups at different areas in the park each day. Recommended for those with some rock climbing experience who can belay safely, and especially for experienced trad leaders. We have reserved a group campsite with room for up to 15, so come on out!


  • What's happening: Traditional rock climbing on the amazing monzogranite desert rock at Joshua Tree NP. Exact crag(s) and groups will be determined prior to each day. Mostly single pitch top rope climbing on crack and slab, and other interesting features. Leading on sport and trad routes possible with proven experience and on the discretion of the EL. 
  • Where to meet / lodging: Black Rock Campground Sites 97, 98, 99. $450 reservation cost will be split evenly among attendees. Parking for five vehicles. 
  • Event Leader: Darren Shutt 916-872-3399
  • Minimum / Maximum: 2/16
  • What to bring: Rock shoes, helmet, harness, approach shoes, belay device, 2 locking carabiners, a sling or PAS, jacket, lots of water, food for 5 days, tent, sleeping bag, pad, stove, fuel, pots, personal items. Bring your own rack and slings if you intend to lead or mock lead (on the discretion of the EL). Ropes and technical equipment provided by MAA. 
  • Medical: If you have any medical conditions pertinent to your participation on this event, please inform the event leaders after registration.


  • DAY 1, Monday Nov. 14th: Gather at the campground any time after 12:00 pm. Group dinner, making plans for the rest of the week. 
  • DAYS 2-5, Tuesday, Nov. 15th - Friday, Nov. 18th: Each day we'll break out into a few smaller groups and carpool into the park in the early morning. We'll be out climbing all day, probably meeting up in town for dinner, showers, supplies, etc. then back to camp to sleep under the desert stars again. 
  • DAY 6, Saturday, Nov. 19th: Check out at noon, more climbing or driving home.  


  • This event is free of charge. MAA receives no direct financial gain for organizing and supporting this event. Donations are not solicited on this event, nor is any exchange of money a requirement for participation.

  • This event is open to all Apex, Base, and free Associate members - paid membership is not a requirement of attendance. 

  • MAA is a 100% volunteer-run, federal and state recognized 501(c)7 not-for-profit membership organization and does not seek or realize a profit from organizing this event; all membership benefits, liability insurance, website, database, administrative costs and all expenses are supported solely through membership, not event fees.

  • MAA event leaders are experienced members who are board-approved and volunteer to host the event as a representative of MAA, but are not operating as a guide or compensated as a guide - all participants on the event share responsibility for the safety, decisions, and actions of the group.

  • Accordingly, the physical demands, required skills or technical terrain of some events require that we screen participants; individuals should join the waitlist to be considered for RSVP. The experience, skills and fitness in the MAA membership profile will be used to determine the suitability of each individual to the demands of that particular event.

  • Participant safety is our top priority. Many circumstances such as mountain conditions, weather, or subjective hazards may necessitate changes to the published itinerary, including cancellation.

  • As a private, non-commercial group we operate within the posted group size limits and regulations for this area.

  • All MAA members are taught and practice Leave No Trace principles to be good stewards of wild places.

  • The event begins and ends at the trailhead. MAA does not insure ridesharing or other travel arrangements and bears no responsibility for them. Carpooling, ride sharing, or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among individuals.

  • MAA event leaders carry communication devices and a medical kit; The primary event leader at a minimum has current wilderness first aid and CPR training as well as MAA policy training.

    (916) 872-3399

    Log in
    • Home
    • Joshua Tree Climb-Fest
    Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software