Monday, January 13, 2014

Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park - California

Tim: We are back! After nine months off from posting in our travel blog, we are traveling again. This year our travels will take us to Peru, Chile, and Argentina. We opted to begin our international travels with a short trip to California for rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park with friends.
We left Anchorage on January 2 after an enjoyable New Year’s in Anchorage. We took a direct flight from Anchorage to Los Angeles. Our rock climbing trip was for eight days. We picked up our rental car and drove to my Great Uncle and Aunt’s home outside of LA. We enjoyed a nice couple of days visiting before driving further east to Joshua Tree.
We arrived at the park late in the evening.  We were joining a large group of friends mostly from Anchorage. There were about 20 friends staying at the Hidden Valley Campground in Joshua Tree National Park. The Campground is set in a beautiful location in the park a midst white piles of giant boulders. There are many great rock climbing options within easy walking distance of the campground so there is no need to drive a car. There was also no cell reception in the campground. Even in our international travels we rarely go more than a couple of days without being “connected”. It was nice to have a break from technology and just enjoy climbing, friends, and a beautiful setting.

Amber and I are not particularly experienced rock climbers. We trained for one month at the indoor Alaska Rock Gym in Anchorage in advance of this trip. We have may more experienced rock climber friends who did all of the lead climbing. Amber and I always climbed with a top rope.

Overall, we had a great experience, and there will definitely be more rock climbing trips in our future.

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