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Thinking of going to Joshua Tree from 12/20-12/24
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Oct 15, 2016
Maybe headed to J tree 12/20-12/24. Would love some tips for camping choices. Going solo, so also partners wanted. I'm a solid 5.10 sport with the occasional 11 send and a solid 5.9 trad with the occasional 10 send. Lafroy
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Oct 15, 2016
Expect hordes and to be humbled. simplyput
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Oct 15, 2016
Best bet for camping is roll in Thursday mid-late afternoon or maybe Friday morning? I just bee-like to jumbo rocks cg now. Camping has turned into such a shit show. I'd get on popes crack, touch n go, bird of fire, exorcist, invisibility lessons, overseer, prepackaged, room to shrink and high strung. Sport maybe Jane's addiction, loose lady, heart n sole, run for your life, figures on a landscpae, solid gold, walk on the wild side, black jack. pkeds
From Hermosa Beach, CA
Joined Feb 3, 2006
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Oct 15, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Tony Bubb getting out of the overhang pockets and ...
Ryan is high altitude, Indian Cove is low altitude. Temps follow inversely, winds follow directly.
Expect Sheep Pass or Black Rock to be very windy, at that, if there is anything going on weather wise.

Hidden Valley has the most shelter, and the most likely to have a bunch of noise/shenanigans with the drum-circle crowds. The most 'shenanigans' I ever saw at Ryan was on Xmas Eve when I used to go fill 'stockings' with apples and oranges. Hardly anything to worry about there.

If you are worried about crowds, head back into Wonderland area > 20 min and you'll be alone.

Have a good time.
Tony B
From Around Boulder, CO
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Oct 19, 2016
What others have said on the weather and crowds.

Camping you could try Jumbo Rocks, Belle, or white tank. IF you want to camp outside of the park there is the Dry Lake bed in JTree town you can camp at for free on BLM land.
Daniel T
From Riverside, Ca
Joined Mar 19, 2015
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Oct 19, 2016
Im free monday the 24th if you need some company. let me know Toby LM
From Calimesa, CA
Joined May 18, 2016
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Oct 19, 2016
Ryan is nice and has about 30 sites. Jumbo Rocks has over 100 campsites so you should be able to find one there, although it is a little farther from most of the climbing. Belle has about 20 and so does White Tank. They are both a little farther than Jumbo Rocks. If you are still solo and you can get a campsite in Hidden Valley, you might be able to find a small group that may let you join them for a day or two.

You might want to try hanging out at the busy walls and kindly asking for a belay, after you have watched them and feel confident they know what they are doing, of course. For instance, the thin wall in real hidden valley is usually busy, hidden valley campground is usually busy and dairy queen wall in hemingway area is usually busy. I cannot forget to mention Trashcan Rock and Echo Cove. The list is long. The approaches are relatively easy so if you get out there and can't find a friendly group you can head to the next area.

Good luck and have fun.
GaryT
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