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4th Annual JTree Tweetup - Joshua Tree National Park

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4th Annual JTree Tweetup 2012 - November 9-11, 2012

Quadruple the Fun! - Joshua Tree National Park, California



Participants - Who's Going?

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



The dates represented cover the weekend. Early/late arrivals can make a longer trip with whoever can go (and - @rockgrrl speaking, I usually am out a minimum of 5 days), so keep that in mind. Put your name and number of guests (+1).


November 9-11, 2012 (Note Veteran's Day Weekend) 

    • @rockgrrl + @voden + @ride395 (driving separately)
    • @wigirl4ever 
    • @patrickgensel (+1) 
    • @dubid0  - I'm going to be lame and not make it. Too fried on driving from Red Rocks. Have fun, y'all!
    • @MonkeySmash (maybe +2)
    • @rockmaven56
    • @dloo 
    • @AleyaJean  +1
    • @eleddy  
    • @thiskat  - Arriving via Vegas midday on Friday, staying through midday Sunday.
    • @mtsquirrel   
    • @lstefurak
    • @lizzy_t
    • @expectadventure + 2 kiddos and the hubs to watch them. Sat & Sun 
    • @billurbanski 
    • @sudarkoff + @adrienneknits + 1 tiny kiddo  
    • @benpope + @katatakwong  
    • @andiran +1 (11/10-12) 
    • @oatmealbowl (not camping but will meet up) 




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, what day you plan on arriving in Jtree, and also note if you can carpool

  • @rockgrrl - From Ventura, CA. 1 car starting Tues or Wed night through Sun night (possibly through Mon night)
  • @ride395 - from Ventura (helping to wrangle sites). 1 car starting Tues or Wed night through Sun night 
  • @MonkeySmash -  From SF Bay Area (East Bay).  I'll be driving but may end up bringing two down with me. 
    • @dloo: woohooo!!!!    Worst case, I'll rent a car coming from Ontario 
  • @eleddy - bay area (east bay) 
  • @rockmaven56 - From Sacramento. Arrive Wednesday mid-day. 1 vehicle. Probably through Barstow. Through Sunday.
  • @thiskat Drive from LVS (I'm in Portland)  
  • @expectadventure - Driving from LA-area in one very full car. If anyone is heading to J-Tree via the 10 and has room for firewood, Mountain Mama is donating a truck load!  
  • @billurbanski - arriving at LAX on 11-7 at 9:36 pm.
  • @benpope - from the south SF bay area...maybe a carpool will work with someone else around the neighborhood. exact days TBD depending on work 
  • @climbrunliftmom - driving from SLC, planning on carpooling w/ @aleyajean and @stevewweiss
  • @andiran - from LA, 11/10 (arriving during the afternoon)-11/12
  • @oatmealbowl driving from 60/71 freeway 


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:

@rockgrrl: I'll be doing my plan from last year and getting sites on Tuesday or Wednesday, aiming for sites next to each other at Ryan Campground. I will post campsite numbers on the Ryan campground bulletin board (notes are on the back of the boards).


Email me at my twitter name plus rockgrrl.com ( or send me a Twitter DM) to let me know your arrival day and how many cars/people you have.  I'll be aiming for a minimum of 4 sites again (6 people, 3 tents, 2 cars per site means that will cover 24 folks and 8 cars without any issues with rangers).


If you don't need a campsite let me know so I don't try to wrangle a site we don't need. If you are unconfirmed as of Monday you are of course still welcome to join us but you will not be included in campsite space / parking allocation.


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 via a note on the back of the Ryan campground bulletin board.


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 to camp on BLM land 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.



If you've got some routes on your tick list, list your name and routes here



i.e. We will need 30 ropes, 50 biners, firewood (firewood provided by/paid for by Mountain Mama and ClimbOn!), etc

  • @rockgrrl - rack, cameras, the old thick Jtree guidebook, 60 Trad Climbs book, the newer Green guidebook by Randy Vogel.
  • @rockmaven56 - 1 rack, 2 ropes. Several guidebooks.
  • @dloo Rope, draws.   Everything for sport,  nothing for trad.  
  • @mtsquirrel #7 tricam, pie 
  • @sudarkoff - 70m rope
  • @monkeysmash - doubles of everything but the small stuff (am also lacking #4s), rope, etc. 
  • @expectadventure - 2 ropes, full trad rack, 2 crash pads, firewood, several J-Tree climbing guides to share 
  • @benpope - doubles in gear and ropes, couple of guides 
  • @climbrunliftmom - Can bring 1 rope and draws for sure. Can probably bring another rope and a rack of doubles if needed. 
  • @andiran - 70m rope, draws 


Emergency Info

Emergency Information 


Useful Links


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 (10)

darren said

at 10:14 pm on Apr 24, 2012

Woohooo!!! Creating this page already!

Eileen Ringwald said

at 10:33 pm on Apr 24, 2012

It was brought up during on Twitter twice in a month, figured I'd better start it :)

And you sir, need to make a reappearance! :)

darren said

at 1:06 am on Apr 25, 2012

I've actually been thinking about it already, this might be a good year to pop by to visit!

Nina Suetake said

at 12:32 pm on Oct 29, 2012

Hey, when is everyone heading up there and leaving? Trying to figure out if I'll go W-M or W-Sun.

George Sudarkoff said

at 12:56 pm on Oct 29, 2012

We'll be flying down there W night and back on Sunday.

Teresa said

at 9:48 pm on Nov 4, 2012

Unexpected visit from the grandparents is putting a kink in our plans. We'll now be out there for the day Thursday only. Better than nothing, right? I'll drop off firewood and try to catch up with the other midweek folks. Would love to jump on someone's rope, if possible. Otherwise, bouldering is always good times.

Eileen Ringwald said

at 11:11 pm on Nov 4, 2012

Better than nothing :) We'll have a bunch of ropes so I'm sure you can jump on a few!

Teresa said

at 11:19 pm on Nov 4, 2012

Great! What would be the best way to track you all down Thursday? We'll be easy to spot -- green Subaru Impreza wagon with a Thule box on top. The red-headed 4-year-old and baby make us extra obvious. I'm still coming back from pregnancy-related injuries, so if anyone is playing on moderates (and not of the John Long 5.9 variety!), I'm in!

Eileen Ringwald said

at 11:41 pm on Nov 4, 2012

Sent you an email :)

Aleya Littleton said

at 8:50 pm on Nov 6, 2012

Sending a box to the JTree Post Office addressed to Eileen or Patrick or Laurel or Teresa :) It's in the mail tomorrow. Will try and get it there by Friday.


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