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3rd Annual Joshua Tree Tweetup

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3rd Annual JTree Tweetup 2011

3rd Time's a Charm! - 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 3 


  • @rockgrrl (+1)
  • @AleyaJean  Sorry all, can't make it this year. I'd be missing work and valuable school time. I have to drive to AZ the weekend after for the Nov colloquium, which is going to take extra $ also. Hopefully I'll see you some time soon!
  • @mtsquirrel +5
  • @patrickgensel  Not gonna make it this year :-( working 7 days a week through the end of the year in preparation for big travel plans next year. yes, bigger than this years travel plans :-D. See you all soon!
  • @billurbanski
  • @nwskiclimb 
  • @eliz_rocks & @mightyredbeard
  • @dubid0, @chadcat & @chadcat's baby girl
  • @climbrunliftmom +2 maybe??? I'm a maybe too.  Not this year :(
  • @dmasten and @astrogerly, hopefully I'll actually get all the days off this year.
  • @katatakwong and @benpope, +1 maybe? 
  • @rockmaven56 +2 with 2 tents
  • @archweaver I won't be along, used up my vacation days this year trying to climb the Grand. Get drunk on the manure pile for me, eh?
  • @sharpendwood 
  • @lizzy_t / @lstefurak we're driving down to SoCal for a friend's wedding on Saturday, so we're thinking about coming down early to hang out on Friday (arrive late Th night, leave Sat am). because JT is totally on the way from SF to SD, right? (of course! last year I went to JT "on the way" from NYC to Seattle... -laurel)


Dates - November 11-13



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 - 1 car from Ventura, CA. I'll be coming out early for campsite wrangling, if anyone wants to come out early and drive with me let me know.
  • @nwskiclimb- 1 car rented a car will be coming in on Friday morning flying into Ontario airport, have room if anyone needs a ride. Also have a National Parks Pass for entrance of everyone in my car. 
  • @dubid0, @chadcat & baby coming from Santa Barbara. Should arrive around 5pm Friday.
  • @dmasten - 1 car. Driving from the Antelope Valley (Mojave) 
  • @rockmaven56 - 1 car driving from Sacramento, stopping at Ontario Airport. Arriving Thursday evening around 10pm. I have an NP pass. 
  • @mtsquirrel - flying to ONT, arriving Thu Nov 10 @927, departing Tue Nov 15 @1015 - 1 car Thu - Tue, 1 car Sat - Tue from ONT
  • @sharpendwood- 1 car. Still working out details. Turlock to La Verne to Jtree. 
  • @eliz_rocks - 1 car from LAX, driving in Friday afternoon, leaving Monday morning. Room for 2. 
  • @benpope and @katatakwong - arrive LAX on Thursday at 1pm, leave 4:30 on Monday. Happy to carpool, but will plan on our own vehicle. 
  • @lizzy_t & @lstefurak - 1 car from the Bay Area, leaving Thursday afternoon, leaving JT for San Diego on Saturday morning. 


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:

If you can believe it, we missed the group campsites again (360 days in advance is apparently not enough :P ) so I'll be doing my plan from the past years and getting sites early in the week since 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 the past two years we were lucky and got enough sites for everyone 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.


Notes from @rockgrrl:

Please make sure I have your phone number (the number you would call me to check on campsite number info). I'm doing the Google Voice msg thing again this year and need to assign your number to a special group so you'll be able to hear the message. I'll also leave a physical note on the board of whatever campground I end up in.


If your arrival plans change please let me know, it is difficult to get sites and I really don't want to hang on to more than we need per night.


For campsite fees please bring cash, sharing between everyone it should end up being pretty economical.


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 Campground 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. Who's bringing what. We will need 30 ropes, 50 biners, firewood, etc

  • @rockgrrl - rack, one rope, cameras, the old thick Jtree guidebook, the new Classics book, the 60 Favorite Trad Climbs book 
  • @nwskiclimb- have a double rack through #4, and can bring a single or a twin/double rope if needed. 
  • @rockmaven56 - 2 full racks, 2 60m ropes, 70m rope, several guide books + one on my iPhone :-)
  • @mtsquirrel 
  • @eliz_rocks- rack, some draws. Can bring a 60m rope if needed.
  • @dmasten rack, 60m rope, guidebooks 
  • @benpope - rack, rope, books
  • @lizzy_t & @lstefurak - racks, ropes, books, big water jug


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 


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!


Previous Tweetups

Looking for info on an old tweetup? Check here:

Sponsors (for the 3rd Year in a Row!)

Action Wipes




After Tweetup


Paypal: eileen des at yahoo dot com

$1.29 per adult / per night (based on 28 adults who camped) [Note: this covers money @voden and I personally paid out (not counting our shares of it of course), if you stayed longer than the official tweetup dates, you probably covered your site expenses yourself and/or shared with others so may want to check with them if you owe them anything].  Feel free to dm or email me (@rockgrrl) if you have further questions!



If you're on Flickr you can add your photos to the #climb Tweetup group: 



Comments (1)

George Sudarkoff said

at 10:57 pm on May 17, 2011


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