Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Backpacking

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Dates: Feb-Nov - see all dates

Total Days: 3

Activity Level: 3-4

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Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Backpacking

Price:

2014/2015

REI Member: $595

Non-member: $675

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Apr 26–28
  • Nov 21–23

2015

  • Feb 21–23
  • Mar 7–9
  • Mar 28–30
  • Apr 11–13
  • Apr 25–27
  • Nov 20–23

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Group Size: 4-15

Activity Level: 3-4

Activities:

  • Backpacking
  • Rock Climbing

Accommodations:

Group campsite, 1 night; backcountry campsite, 1 night.

Trip Highlights

  • Learn or hone rock climbing skills from professional, certified guides
  • Backpack through the memorable landscape of Joshua Tree
  • Spend one night in the backcountry

Joshua Tree National Park holds some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California's deserts. Exposed granite monoliths and rugged mountains of twisted rock testify to the power of the natural forces that shaped this unique landscape. This combination of spectacular scenery and amazing rock make it a climber's paradise.

This weekend getaway lets us fully enjoy every aspect of outdoor adventure that Joshua Tree has to offer. Our backcountry trip combines moderate, guided backpacking with professional rock climbing instruction for those new to rock climbing or looking to hone their novice skills. Learn basic knots, rappelling and climbing techniques, and backpacking skills. We carry our gear into the park and sleep in the backcountry to make the most of our climbing experience.

Prefer the comfort of the front-country? Check out our Joshua Tree Climbing & Camping trip.

Itinerary Summary

  • Route Variation - This itinerary has some seasonal variation.
  • Day 1 - Meet at our campsite for an orientation, dinner, and gear check.
  • Day 2 - Hike into the backcountry and enjoy our first day of climbing instruction.
  • Day 3 - Practice our skills on more challenging routes before departing.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Route Variation - This itinerary has some seasonal variation.

    In sensitivity of local bird migrations, our backcountry itinerary varies based on whether departures take place during the spring or fall. REI will send a final itinerary closer to departure.

  • Day 1 - Meet at our campsite for an orientation, dinner, and gear check.

    Our trip begins today in Joshua Tree National Park, CA. Meet our guides and other group members at Ryan Campground by 3:00 p.m. inside Joshua Tree National Park. Attend an evening trip orientation, a wonderful dinner, and a brief gear check before retiring for the night. Dinner included.

  • Day 2 - Hike into the backcountry and enjoy our first day of climbing instruction.

    After breakfast, we'll backpack from Ryan Campground to a remote site where we'll establish camp and then hike to our first climbing site. We get instruction on ropes, knots, rappelling, and climbing. Ropes will be set up on various routes from absolute beginner to more advanced, depending on the experience level and goals of the group. At the end of the day, reconvene at camp to relax and enjoy a great dinner. Breakfast and dinner included.

    Backpacking: 4-5 miles. Elevation gain: 800 ft.

  • Day 3 - Practice our skills on more challenging routes before departing.

    After breakfast, we pack up camp and join our guides again for a second day of climbing instruction and exploration. Tackle some slightly more challenging routes today, where everyone gets a chance to test their skills from the previous day and push themselves to the next level. After a full final morning of climbing and instruction we hike back, returning to our cars around 5:00 p.m. If you are flying home after the trip, consider booking a hotel night in Palm Springs and flying out in the morning if you cannot get a flight home tonight after 8:30 p.m. Breakfast included.

    Backpacking: 4-5 miles; Elevation loss: 800 ft.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.  This includes changes to routes and climbing areas to be used when circumstances or conditions warrant.  This trip is operated rain or shine.

Important Information about Air Travel

Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline tickets to confirm that the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Professional rock climbing instruction and guided backpacking; all rock climbing gear (harness, helmet, ropes, shoes and more); meals as noted on the daily itinerary; mixes for energy drinks; group cooking gear; group first-aid kit, water filters; campsite and backcountry permit fees.

Not Included

Transportation from your hometown to group meeting point; park entrance fees where required; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages (please do not bring); 2 lunches; soft drinks; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Moderate Plus(3-4). The climbing portions of the course warrant a Moderate (3) rating, as you may elect to rest at any time and will never be required to climb anything that you do not wish to attempt.  Backpacking portions of the course warrant a Moderate Plus (3-4) rating. Participants will be carrying their own backpacks with weights of 30-40 lbs. over terrain with 1,200’ or more of elevation gain/loss on some days. Please make sure your backpack is fitted to your body before the trip. Trip members need to in good physical condition. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip, we strongly encourage participants to be involved in a training regimen before the trip. The better shape you are in, the more you’ll enjoy all that Joshua Tree National Park has to offer.  

Weather

Daytime temperatures usually range between 60o - 90o F but can sometimes drop lower.  Evening temperatures typically drop into the 40o - 50o F range or lower.  While rain is rare in Joshua Tree, it is always a possibility so adequate raingear is important, even in this arid landscape.

Closest Airport(s)

Palm Springs, CA 45 miles, 1 hour; Los Angeles, CA 155 miles; 2.75 hours; or San Diego, CA 175 miles, 3 hours. 

Transfers

There is no reliable transfer service from any airport to our meeting place.  Anticipate renting a car if flying in for this weekend getaway. The directions above are from major interstates to our meeting point. Consult a map and plan ahead to ensure that you can find the interstate highway or major road indicated in the directions as you are leaving the airport.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. A limited number of single accommodations are available, and are assigned only as necessary.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing & Backpacking Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering.  To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.  This gear list has been created to help you choose equipment for the trip.  Try to bring only what is necessary - this will help you and the field staff. 

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tents (3 season, 2 person)
  • Cooking gear
  • Stoves and fuel
  • Water filter
  • Group first aid kit
  • Chalk bag and climbing chalk
  • All needed climbing gear, including harnesses, ropes, helmets, rock climbing shoes, hardware, and more (you will need to bring your own hiking boots, though).
Backpacking Gear
  • Backpack: large internal frame or external frame (65-80 liter)
  • Pack cover – waterproof
  • Sleeping bag (rated at 30-35 degrees F)
  • Sleeping pad
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket and pants, lightweight, waterproof and breathable
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Midweight thermal top and bottom made of synthetic or wool
  • Hiking pants, quick-drying, lightweight (zip-off legs are great) No jeans!
  • Hiking shorts, quick-drying, lightweight
  • 1 T-shirt, synthetic
  • 2 changes of underwear
  • Hiking socks, 2 pairs of wool or synthetic
  • Sock liners, 2 pairs of synthetic liners (optional)
  • Down parka (for Feb dates)
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat with brim
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Bandana
  • Lightweight wool or fleece gloves
Footwear
  • Hiking boots or light hikers, depending on your preference (REI Adventures will provide climbing shoes, but not hiking boots).
Food
  • Lunches for each day (ex: salami/jerky; cheeses; crackers)
  • Favorite snacks
Travel Accessories
  • Two 1-quart water bottle, Nalgene-type, or hydration system equivalent
  • Headlamp with spare batteries and bulb
  • Plastic bowl, spoon, fork, 16 oz. mug with lid
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Glasses case to protect sunglasses
  • Sunblock, small amount—not the whole bottle, min SPF 25
  • Lip balm (unscented)
  • Toothbrush & trial-sized paste
  • Pack towel and/or washcloth
  • Personal first-aid kit, small and light with personal medications
  • Individually packaged Anti-bacterial hand wipes (WetOnes-type)
  • TP System: In a gallon Ziploc Bag store these items: Toilet paper (not a full roll) & 1 ziploc quart baggie, WetOnes, Feminine Wipes, Pantiliners for women
  • 1 large plastic garbage bag
  • Trekking poles
Optional Field Gear
  • Ear plugs
  • Lightweight camp shoes/sandals
  • Journal and pen
  • Camera and film- think weight
  • Climbing harness, helmet, shoes and belay device (you may use your own gear if you wish to – please do not bring other hardware or rope)
  • Climbing tape

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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REI AdventuresJoshua Tree Rock Climbing
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Activity level (10)
  • Guides (10)
  • Well organized itinerary (9)
  • Food (8)
  • Exceeded expectations (7)

Cons

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        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Casual adventurer (5), Avid adventurer (3)
        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • All the details planned for me (10), Destination (9), Active adventures (7), I liked the itinerary (7), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (7)

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      5.0

      Very cool weekend trip

      By ecodan

      from Missoula, MT

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Site Member

      Pros

      • Activity Level
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing:

          The trip was fun and challenging. The weather the started rough but turned spectacular - make sure you bring lots of layers. The climbing was rewarding and fun... you won't be left wanting for more challenge. The guides were great. Food was yummee. The desert was interesting. All in all a really good trip.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • It was chosen for me (gift)
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Laughing a lot and getting to the top... make love to the rock! (Inside joke.)
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Be ready for both sub-freezing nights and hot days. Bring binoculars (stars and critters). Leave your phone at home - no voice or data inside the park. Be ready to be challenged!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Climb on!

          By bikesalotandy

          from Saint Paul, MN

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Activity Level
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

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              Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing:

              A great trip! Joshua tree is a beautiful park with some world class climbing! The rock is amazing. Chris, our guide, was the best! He knows the park and climbing routes like the back of his hand. He has lots of cool climbing stories to share. This trip is accessible to all climbing abilities. Chris did a great job accommodating all levels and making safety a top priority. There is a special hiking/caving adventure at the end of the trip that was a blast. If you are interested in a fun climbing trip, JTree is where it's at.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • A nice escape from the frozen north.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Climbing is amazing here!
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • It can drop down at night here. It's really hot during the day but a few layers and maybe a good puffy are necessary at night.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Worth it, that is all...

              By OneHappyAzn

              from Orange County, CA

              About Me First-Time Adventurer, Not that athletic, Young

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Food
              • FOOOOOOODDD
              • Foooooooooddddd
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Rooooccckkksss
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

              • No wandering off

              Best Uses

                Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing:

                I am happy camper, bahahah! Happy camper xD Oh I so hilarious.

                *Ahem*

                I was slightly nervous when I first met my group members and guides... Okay very nervous I do believe I slipped on my pack to take it to the campground and I tripped over the first rock in my path...

                Everything turned out alright though, everyone was very friendly. I did a double tent so I had a roomie which was actually very nice. The food they made for us was amazing... You won't go hungry out there thats for sure. The rock climbing was a good work out. I didn't do it continuously like the others I preferred to explore and go harness-less. I did wish the safety rules weren't that restricted. I think I was the troublesome child in our group, I did wander off once and got lightly scolded and I had a hard time restraining myself to keep off the tantalizing boulders. The guides were very laid back and helpful. They were really cool about everything, they even stayed with me when my ride was not reachable. They made sure I was safe and then they went about their business. At the very end of our trip we went and crawled around on rocks and squeezed in the tightest spaces and went into the blackest of holes, but with trustworthy and helpful guides it was fun and manageable. [ Spelunking Advice ] Advice for the bigger people out there... Don't bail, keep going to the point when you can't continue, then go back knowing you went with full force, you won't regret it. I also found out that Joshua tree has amazing natural lounges. I found many natural lazy boys out there, I admit more than once I wedged myself in between a overhang or found a nice bowl like dip and just relaxed and fell asleep in the formations. All in all it was great, I thought from reading other reviews that 3 days would be too short, I was so tired by the end of it that I think 3 days is my perfect cup of tea.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Backcountry insight, Destination, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • I wanted to get some light shed on how backpacking would be like. Light was shed... a lot of light.... I am so pro right now.
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • At the very end when I thought the trip was over I was in for a surprise, our guides planned out a short spelunking in a pile of rocks. I was extremely pleased. Though this is a rock climbing/ backpacking expedition I was most content jumping around on rocks and exploring so this was my little slice of heaven. I do wish that part lasted longer.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • I went in April and it was only slightly chilly. Pack light, have some extra room in your pack, everyone helps out with the load. Careful the flies apparently bite.... [Hard] Try your best not to step on any plants, they have little thorns that can be a bother.
                 
                5.0

                Great experience

                By jpeggers

                from New York, NY

                About Me Casual Adventurer

                Pros

                • Activity Level
                • Exceeded Expectations
                • Guides
                • Well Organized Itinerary

                Cons

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                    Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing:

                    Truly a great experience. Great guides, great itinerary. JTree is, of course, great. But the climbing is the highlight, and is totally accessible even with zero experience.

                    Some suggestions: Went in March, and it was chilly at night but totally manageable. Pack lots of layers, maybe including tights or something for under shorts to protect against sun and poky objects (cactus, wall, etc.).

                    You will need the pack space (maybe not a full 6000, but still), but legit hiking boots are optional. Just something that you can cover a few miles loaded up with.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
                     
                    5.0

                    Joshua Tree 2.0

                    By Andrew T

                    from McHenry, IL

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                    See all my reviews

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                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Activity Level
                    • Exceeded Expectations
                    • Food
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

                    • Not Long Enough

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                      Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing:

                      I really hope to see an extended 4-day weekend or a 3-day weekend that is just backcountry camping. Sure, the climbing in Joshua Tree is AWESOME and there looks to be unlimited possibilities for climbing. I had a great time just doing some bouldering which may be an alternative to an afternoon activity for those who aren't so keen on the climbing like myself. I was still able to climb the same rocks that the others did, I just went the long way around.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • Once again, I got "roped" into another climbing trip (get it? Roped... as in "climbing rope" - sorry) Not only that, but the same one TWICE! I would do it again in a heartbeat and probably will.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • It was great all around. We had a good, large group, great guides, and pretty good hiking weather. For me, the highlight is the backcountry hiking and camping. This trip is great for a beginner who hasn't really backcountry camped and really gives you a good idea of what it might be like to spend a few days away from civilization.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • Pack light! You'll probably be bringing lots of water even though the guides are great and "tricky" as to how they find water. As for a lunch, I like to bring/buy those "Uncrustables" sandwiches. They pack small and pack a good amount of peanut butter for some good energy. Plus, they're relatively cheap.
                       
                      5.0

                      The guides were core to the experience

                      By Koharu

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Casual Adventurer

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                      Pros

                      • Activity Level
                      • Food
                      • Guides
                      • Quality Equipment Provided
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                      Cons

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                          Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing:

                          We chose to attend the all women's expedition, which was really good as we did not have a lot of experience with backpacking and the information provided was definitely catered towards women.

                          The whole experience was well organised especially for those who are looking for a simple long weekend. Granted it could have been longer with more climbing but it was actually a very well balanced set of activities.

                          Our guides really made the experience. Jima & Pauline are hilarious, comforting, open, experienced, and just all around the best guides anyone could ever hope for.

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • All the Details Planned for Me, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • Experienced guides for back country experience with the ability to experience outdoor climbing.
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • Jima & Pauline!
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • Desert does get cold at night; do not worry about bringing too much food ... two meals is two lunch meals.

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Climbing Trip!

                          By SJMiller

                          from Chicago, IL

                          About Me Avid Adventurer

                          See all my reviews

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                          Pros

                          • Accommodations
                          • Activity Level
                          • Exceeded Expectations
                          • Food
                          • Group Camaraderie
                          • Guides
                          • Quality Equipment Provided
                          • Well Organized Itinerary

                          Cons

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                              Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing:

                              Great climbing trip for new and experienced climbers, I will be looking to book my next climbing adventure soon with REI!

                              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                              • Why did you choose this trip?:
                              • I've always wanted to start climbing, thought this would be a great way to get jump started...also liked the warmer weather in Nov (compared to the Midwest).
                              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                              • Climbing!! I was a beginner climber but by the end of the trip I felt like I had learned so much! Our guides were so helpful and careful...I loved the support of the group too, always there to cheer the climber on!
                              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                              • Don't let climbing scare you!! Jimma, Pauline and Sue were awesome teachers and always have your back should something happen!

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Best 3-day weekend ever

                              By Cutty

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Casual Adventurer, First-Time Adventurer

                              Site Member

                              Pros

                              • Accommodations
                              • Activity Level
                              • Exceeded Expectations
                              • Food
                              • Great for Beginners
                              • Guides
                              • Quality Equipment Provided

                              Cons

                              • Not Enough Climbing Time

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing:

                                Haikus are easy,
                                But sometimes they don't make sense.
                                Refrigerator.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I wanted a short trip (3-4 days) that included activities that I had little/no experience with. I had never climbed outdoors (indoor walls only), so I thought this trip would be a good fit. I already owned the basic required equipment and they provided the rest.
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Definitely, the climbing. The web page brochure does not do that portion of the trip justice. I found out from the guides after arriving that people come to this place from all over the world for the climbing conditions. If only it lasted longer, but what should I expect when the whole trip is 3 days. Also, coming from the east coast, I had never seen a night sky like that.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • One, be a minimalist. Most of the food is provided for you (great meal the first night) as well as tent and climbing gear. The guides supply virtually all your first aid and sanitary supplies (toilet paper, cleaning wipes, etc., but I doubt feminine hygiene). Be sure to bring appropriate clothing layers and several pairs of socks. Also, bring a small day pack for when you leave base camp to go climbing. Two, don't be timid about this trip. This a great trip for beginners, whether you're new to backcountry camping or climbing. The guides are extremely patient and encouraging. Most of the people who came on the trip had zero climbing experience and were ready to go in minutes. Third, the site is remote for most forms of travel, so plan accordingly to get to the camp site before sunset. It's really hard to find the group in the dark. A couple of people had this problem on the trip I went on because it gets dark before 5 in November.

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Backcountry Bliss

                                By Andrew T

                                from McHenry, IL

                                About Me First-Time Climber

                                See all my reviews

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                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Activity Level
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Quality Equipment Provided
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                • Longer Trip

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                                  Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing:

                                  This was also my first time Backcountry camping so I was a excited about that experience. It was worth it! I think that was also one of my favorite parts. At one point in the evening, a coyote howled not far away providing a little excitement but never bothering us. Wonderful scenery surrounded us and an amazing sky day and night.

                                  The guides really made this trip great. They were very personable and I think we all had a great time with them. The meals were excellent and we never walked away hungry. Much thanks goes out to them for really helping to make this a great trip for me - Thank you Pauline and Jimma! (Hope I spelled that right - sorry if I didn't!)

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • This trip was actually more of a friend's choice. We had done one trip I liked and it was her turn to choose. I was a bit hesitant about the whole "climbing thing" and this wouldn't have been my first choice. Boy am I glad I let her choose!!
                                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                  • Personally, I really enjoyed the repelling. But, I think the most stunning part of the trip for me was the night sky. Living in the Chicago area, we don't get to see even a small fraction of what was viewed out there. This is the second REI trip for me and the second time I've watched the International Space Station cruise on by. And of course, there is the "liberating experience" which you will have to ask your guides Jimma or Pauline about.
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • If you have any hesitance about climbing, this is a great beginner trip for you. I went in with zero experience and was climbing in what seemed like minutes. The guides were very thorough with their explaining and I felt very safe and confident throughout my experience. Also, if you have climbed, this is still a great trip as the guides let you go at your own pace.

                                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Big Fun and will do it again!

                                  By Cindy the explorer

                                  from Muscatine, IA

                                  About Me Avid Adventurer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Accommodations
                                  • Activity Level
                                  • Exceeded Expectations
                                  • Group Camaraderie
                                  • Guides
                                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                                  Cons

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                                      Comments about REI Adventures Joshua Tree Rock Climbing:

                                      I had no bad experiences on this trip. The guides, the scenery, the group, all were awesome. The 4 mile hike in to camp and then the other mile to the rock climbing area was an easy hike. I would highly recommend this trip to others. The only bad thing is that REI Adventures doesn't have more rock climbing and backpacking trips to offer.

                                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                      • It had what I was looking for, rock climbing and backpacking. Plus it was near Temecula, CA where I was visiting my brother.
                                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                      • Succesfully climbing up and over the 4 foot overhang. AWESOME climbs!
                                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                      • Plan it and do it. Life's too short, enjoy it. Explore the possibilities!

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