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2nd Annual JTree Tweetup

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2nd Annual JTree Tweetup 2010

Let's Do it Again! - Joshua Tree National Park, California












Participants - Who's Planning on Going?

If you think you might be able to make it, put your name on the list with any relevant notes. (i.e. possibly bringing friends, etc.) Hashtag: #JtreeTweetup 


  • @rockgrrl (+1, maybe more)
  • @pwcarey
  • @eleddy - the later the better - I have to wait for these ribs to heal up! 
  • @joshuamontague - not looking very promising at the moment, but i'll try my best. updates to follow...
  • @mtsquirrel - yes!
  • @adrienneknits -- i missed the first one! i really hope i can make it this time! :) 
  • @benpope (+1, I think)  -- missed it last year, but would love to get in on the action this time around! 
  • @sudarkoff 
  • @Blueskeyes207 - Figured things out! Booked a flight too :-D Flying into LAX on 11/10 and driving in with @DMasten.
  • @Patrickgensel Booked flight! I'll be flying into PSP on 11/10 around 2:30 pst (any help getting to Jtree would be great) flying out from LAX 11/17 10:50am 
  • @dmasten
  • @tiffanymroyal 
  • @dubid0 +1, I'm bringing another #kickassclimbergirl from SB. We'll be arriving Fri. night & potentially staying through Mon. night (depending on weather)
  • @theclimbergirl (odds aren't great, but I'm sure as heck going to try). 
  • @katiebeth (+1, tentatively, right @joshbelden?) sounds like there's something of a plan in the works with some PNWers!
  • @DavidLutzy .. Well this thime aurond I will have to pass.  Still in physical therapy I have to watch what I do.  I would sooo love to go ... If I am well enough to climb, it's on top of list! Y'all have fun! 
  • @billurbanski.  I'm in!  Arrive at LAX, at 10:40 AM on 11-10 with @archweaver. departing 11-14, 2:00 PM 
  • @archweaver Yippee Kiy Yay.
  • @JetForMe - Coming late Friday night. Noob climber (Added by Aleya :) Will have a cooler so give him your food orders!
  • Peter Bozek.  I don't have a twitter account but I'd like to join the Tweetup  I'll be there Friday Night or Saturday Morning.  - Note from @rockgrrl Peter is one of my partners in crime he was one of my "+1, maybe mores"
  • James Richardson - I will be there too. I don't mind getting there a bit early to help hold campsites. I have 4 people confirmed - might turn into a larger group of 8 or so.



The date represented is the Saturday of the given weekend. I'm assuming we'll make a long weekend of the trip with whoever can go, so keep that in mind. Put your name and number of guests (+1) and update the tally at the end.


  • 11/13 (Veteran's Day is the Thursday before this weekend, this is the weekend we had the 1st Tweetup) 
    • @rockgrrl (+1) 
    • @pwcarey
    • @eleddy 
    • @dubid0
    • @adrienneknits 
    • @dloo 
    • @benpope 
    • @sudarkoff 
    • @BlueSkeyes207
    • @patrickgensel 
    • @dmasten 
    • @tiffanymroyal 
    • @katiebeth
    • @mtsquirrel 
    • @BillUrbanski
    • @archweaver
    • @kg (+2, maybe 4)
    • @Jetforme
    • Peter Bozek 
    • James Richardson 
    • Matt Grieger (+1) 


Tally: 26 (as of 11/9/10)

+ @theclimbergirl (count me as a .5, since I'm a gonna-try maybe!)



Where we can see how to get who where in the most efficient/convenient way. Post if you're willing to carpool & from where, or if you find any great plane ticket deals, etc...


Vehicle Count

Add your name and how many vehicles you will have, also note if you can carpool

  • @rockgrrl - From Ventura, CA. I'll be coming out on Tuesday carpooling in my friend Michael's car.
  • @pwcarey - Flying into SFO on Nov 9th, stealing a car, driving to pick up @katiebeth, Josh and @tiffanymroyal in Fresno on Nov 10th, arrive JT on the 11th.  Leave JT on the 14th to drop Tiff off at PSP then drive North to SFO.
  • @eleddy - depends. if someone wants to carpool from san francisco we can work that out. otherwise I'll fly into san diego and hitch a ride there.
  • @dubid0 - From Santa Barbara, CA. Should be able to fit 2 more. 
  • @adrienneknits -- from sf bay area. i'd be willing to carpool.  
  • @katiebeth - from Central CA...willing to carpool w/Bay Area folk?  
  • @patrickgensel - flying into PSP on the 10th, anyone able to give this east coaster a ride :) 
  • @dmasten - I'm picking up 3 people from LAX (@BillUrbanski,@archweaver,@BlueSkeyes207) and returning them.
  • @tiffanymroyal - driving down with @pwcarey and @katiebeth from Fresno, flying out of PSP on Sunday Nov 14 at 6 p.m. 
  • @theclimbergirl - will be relying on some kindness from friends.  :)  May drive; TBD.  Will coordinate with the PNW crew as the dates get closer and plans firm up. 
  • @mtsquirrel - flights: arrive PSP 1920 Wed 11/10, depart PSP 1757 Sun 11/14.  Looking for a carpool or a ride.
  • @dloo - Have to fly in somewhere.  Carpool, anyone?   If not, renting a car and likely coming in from Ontario.
  • @billurbanski - Fly in 11/10. Fly out 11/14.  Looking to carpool to/from LAX.
  • @kg - Me + 1 will be in SF, probably flying down, but if someone needs riders, that could work too [we both have cars with 200K+ miles=trying conserve miles].  We also have other friends camping/climbing in JT same wknd, will be with them part of the time, in case that's helpful for camping/overnight numbers?  Also have a car of friends (1-3) hoping to join from San Diego. - kg, yeah it would really help out if you had your own camping arrangements :) When would you be arriving though? If it's early enough it may not be an issue @rockgrrl
  • @benpope - Me + 1, driving from AZ.  Arriving during the day on Thursday (11/11) 
  • @Jetforme - driving from San Jose


Campsite Info


Park Entrance Fee Options:

  • 7-Day Vehicle Permit $15
  • Joshua Tree National Park Annual Pass $30
  • Interagency Annual Pass: $80 this pass replaces the National Park Pass and Golden Eagle Passport. It provides access to Federal recreation sites, including National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and U.S. Forest Service.


Campsite Fees:

Hidden Valley, Belle, Ryan, Jumbo Rocks and White Tank campgrounds are $10 a night. You pay using an envelope system once you've found a site.


Campsite Plan:

I'll be doing my plan from last year and getting sites on Tuesday as we were unable to get a group campsite and everything left is first come first served (the majority of the park is this way). I can't guarantee I'll be able to get a site for everyone but last year we were lucky and got 4 sites all in a row in Ryan Campground. If you don't need a campsite let me know because I'll be aiming for 4 sites again (6 people, 3 tents, 2 cars per site means that will cover 24 folks without any issues with rangers). Shuttling of extra cars to/from the Boyscout trailhead parking lot may need to be worked out.


Please bring cash for camping fees, sharing between everyone it should end up being pretty economical. I'll get the word out which site is base camp and other camp site numbers by Tuesday night via my Google voice "hotline" (my phone number set to give a special voicemail recording) and I will also leave a note on the back of the Hidden Valley Campground bulletin board. I'm pretty sure I've exchanged numbers with at least one person from each car coming out to Jtree if not, DM me the number you'll be calling from so I can add you to the group that will get the message. - @rockgrrl (updated 11/8/10)


Backup Camping Options:

  • There is BLM land near Joshua Tree
  • Hotels/Motels in Joshua Tree (the town)
  • Hotels/Motels in 29 Palms
  • If things are full and you don't want a hotel or BLM you can backpack on the boy scout trail, It's close and you only have to be one mile from the road to set up. I have done this when hidden valley and everything near that was completely full and it worked out well (quiet and peaceful). There is a backcountry parking lot near the entrance to get on the trail.





i.e. We will need 30 ropes, 50 biners, firewood, etc

  • @pwcarey - I can bring a 50m rope and cameras. I plan on doing more still and video than climbing this time. 
  • @dmasten - will bring a rope, bunch of biners, and various and sundry webbing
  • @rockgrrl - rack, cameras, the old thick Jtree guidebook, BoulderCanyon snacks, Climb On! Product, Action Wipes, Coach's Oats samples and Clif Products. Thanks so much to our sponsors!
  • @tiffanymroyal - can try to fit in the rope in pack. biners, webbing, etc. i have the Falcon Guide to West Joshua Tree climbing (i think its that one). And Climb On to share. and Joshua Tree Salve as well. :)  - @rockgrrl I think we'll have the softest skin out in Jtree that weekend! haha :)
  • @theclimbergirl - at least one rope; single cams from yellow alien size to BD Camalot 4; draws; camera; video; the big ol inch deep JTree book and a smile.
  • @mtsquirrel - Interagency pass, as much rack as I can fit into a carryon (can I mooch off everyone's ropes?)
  • @patrickgensel - trad rack, singles up to #4 camalot, two sets of stoppers, lots o slings, 10 sport draws, webbing, 70m rope, Camera, video cam, Jtree book
  • @dloo - 60m rope, full set of draws.  
  • @billurbanski - 60m rope,  full passive rack, few smaller cams.
  • @Blueskeyes207 - Do I really need to bring a rope? Full set of Draws - maybe stoppers. Depends on how motivated I am. Trad routes of JTree book + Camera and a bazillion gigs of memory so I can film everything.
  • @archweaver I am bringing the rope if I have the weight for it.


Emergency Info

Emergency Information 


Useful Links


Free Stuff

Climbers Coffee - Bring your own mug.

Most Saturdays and Sundays during the peak climbing season.

@ Hidden Valley Campground near Intersection Rock

8 am til the coffee runs out [@rockgrrl they also have hot cocoa]

Brought to you by the NPS and Friends of Joshua Tree.

See you there,  Bernadette - JT Climbing Ranger


If you's like a NASA sticker, DM your mailing address to @BlueSkeyes207!

- Aleya


Climbing is Dangerous

Climbing is inherently dangerous and the risk of death or serious injury can never be completely eliminated. It is up to each individual to make his or her own choices regarding acceptable risk. Tweetups are collaborative efforts and each participant only assumes liability for their own well being, just as you assume liability for yours! Cheers!


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Comments (2)

Laurel Fan said

at 4:11 pm on Aug 26, 2010

SEA/PSP flights are on sale on Alaska, book by Aug 31


$99 one way Tue, Wed, and Sat
$119 one way Mon and Thu

Rick said

at 6:42 pm on Nov 9, 2010

I appear to be unable to edit this page.

@JetForMe I'm coming in late Friday night, leaving Sunday afternoon. Driving from San Jose.

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