On this expedition, you will travel through the striking desert and canyons of Joshua Tree National Park and have the opportunity to expedition with individuals from within the OB network. With the help of our instructors and the shared experience of the group, you’ll learn what you need to know to travel comfortably, including how to set up a wilderness campsite in the desert and navigate using a map and compass. You will hike into the backcountry carrying what you need for a week in your pack, you will travel or climb every day! Offering a unique opportunity to experience several days of backcountry travel and rock-climbing, over the course of a week the crew will learning to rappel, belay, and practice lead climbing skills.
You do not need to have previous backpacking or climbing experience. Arriving physically fit will enhance your experience and ability to take full advantage of the expedition, but do not be discouraged as our talented team of instructors will be alongside you to build confidence and encourage growth.
Weather in the park is generally dry, cold and rainfall is sparse, though unpredictable, and sometimes persistent thunderstorms do occur. Temperatures vary, with lows around 40 degrees Fahrenheit and highs around 75 degrees Fahrenheit in March. However, extremes are possible on either end of the low and high predictions.
JOSHUA TREE DESERT BACKPACKING and ROCK CLIMBING:
The high desert, where rugged mountains and desert plateaus have been sculpted by wind and rain, meet in Joshua Tree National Park. This desert backpacking and rock-climbing expedition include both on-trail and off-trail terrain. Routes can be challenging as you traverse through boulder filled canyons and across vast desert washes. Joshua Tree is a high desert, with areas of the park that covers between 900 feet- 5,000 feet in elevation. Features include sand dunes, dry lakes, mountains, and granite monoliths. Though the landscape is demanding, there are few places in the world that compare to the beauty and uniqueness of an expedition in Joshua Tree.
The rock climbing section provides an opportunity to develop personal climbing skills while building trust among your new crew members as you belay one another and set goals as a group. You will climb some of the highest quality granite in one of the most popular destinations for rock climbers in the world.
Participants can acquire or continue to build on skills associated with technical rock climbing, including introductory rock climbing basics, knots, anchors, movement over rock, rappelling, managing top and bottom belay sites, and equipment use. As time and skill proficiency allows, opportunities for lead climbing may also occur. This section will include a variety of styles: crack-climbing, face climbing, and
Details and How to Enroll
Who Is Eligible?
Priority will be given to applicants in the following order: current OBCA employees, current OB employees, past OBCA and OB employees.
Start Time and Location:
11:30 am, Palm Springs Airport
* Staff may also drive to the Sandcastle, the OBCA Joshua Tree base, and park their vehicles at the base camp for the duration of the invite. Arrive by 9:30 am on course-start day.
End Time and Location:
Book your return flight after 1:00 PM on the last day of the course, you’ll be back by 11:00 AM or earlier if there are no travel delays.
* Staff who drove to the OBCA Joshua Tree basecamp can depart around 10:00 AM.
Monday, March 18 – Sunday, March 24, 2019
How to enroll
Enroll by submitting your information below and sending in a $200 deposit. Student Services will then send your enrollment packet and deposit invoice via email within 2 business days.