WOMEN'S CLIMBING GETAWAY
In partnership with Mountain Girls, Stone Adventures is excited to offer female led weekends in this beautiful desert oasis this summer in July, August and September. Dates run Friday evening through Sunday afternoon on 7/24-26, 8/07-8/09 and 9/11-13. Enjoy the vast Joshua Tree landscape in the company of other lighthearted and encouraging women. Challenge yourself, embrace failures, celebrate success in a safe and accepting environment.
WHAT'S THE ADVENTURE?
Expect an adventurous weekend led by professionally certified female rock climbing guides and wilderness first responders. This all inclusive trip includes lodging, healthy meals, two climbing guides and all of the rock climbing gear. Our guides will customize the climbing to suit the ambitions and skill sets of our guests. In order to do this, we will keep the group a small and personable size of 6-8 sign ups. All experience levels, ambitions and ages are welcome. This trip is recommended for beginner and intermediate climbers. If this is your first time climbing outside, don't worry! There are over 9,000 rock climbing routes in Joshua Tree National Park, i.e., something for everyone!! Our top priority is to keep our ladies climbing and having fun all weekend!
WHY JOSHUA TREE IN THE SUMMER?
Many people ask us about climbing in the summer. It is actually a great time to climb in Joshua Tree if we avoid the mid-day sun and heat! Every day, there is about a 30 degree swing in temperature in the Joshua Tree area. There is also a huge difference in temperature in the sun or shade in the high desert. Stone Adventures runs climbing trips through the summer by only running half days at sunrise or sunset. In fact, in June, many of our guests start their climbing day with a light jacket (we start at 7:00 am). By keeping the approaches short, climbing in the shade and avoiding mid-day heat, climbing in Joshua Tree during the summer feels like a warm day in spring and we have most of the climbing to ourselves! Amazing!!
Summer is a great season for the high desert for other reasons. Lazy mid-day rests and siestas help unwind, relax and set us up for fun evening activities like sunset yoga and stargazing. This year, the Perseids Meteor Shower will be from July 17-August 26 (with the peak nights on 8/11-12). Joshua Tree National Park is a designated International Dark Sky Park and a fantastic place for experiencing summer meteor showers. This retreat will set up us nicely to make the most of the Perseids Meteor Shower as we will witness it near its peak, but without the hoards of cars that flood up to the desert to watch it. In other words, the days are longer, the mid-day heat forces us to relax and rest, the night sky is inviting, there are meteor showers, there are no overcrowding or parking issues, the rock climbing is spectacular (as usual) AND we get our pick of nearby crags to choose from! Summer is a great time to experience Joshua Tree National Park.
To make the most of our mid-day break, the accommodations will have a pool for ultimate high-noon relaxation. On the property there will be games and activities for our ladies to partake in as well as comfortable lounging chairs to wind down in. Every participant will have her own bed, though may be sharing a room. We recommend relaxing mid-day and/or taking a siesta to make the most of the late evening activities of stargazing, followed by another early morning or climbing on day 2. (The current pictures are from our last Women's Retreat. We are awaiting final approval before posting pictures of the summer home we will stay in.)
All weekend your taste buds will be treated to the heavenly cuisine from Mojave Monaco or snacks and breakfasts purchased from Trader Joes. Every meal will be able to accommodate to any dietary restriction, lifestyle choice, or food allergy. Mojave Monaco is a locally harvested and sustainable business that we believe will compliment this nature retreat nicely. We aim to create healthy relationships with the environment around us and we are thrilled that Mojave Monaco shares that passion. To get a preview of what might be on your menu this weekend, you can find more mouthwatering dishes here.
(TIME BUILT IN FOR SILLINESS)
5:00 PM - Arrive at Joshua Tree House
5:30 PM - Bed Assignment
6:00 PM - Outfit Guests with Climbing Gear
6:30 PM - Dinner is served
Night reserved for introductions, socializing, and preparing for a day of climbing. Guests are free to enjoy the pool or many indoor games or activities as they please.
6:00 AM - Breakfast is served
6:30 AM - Journey to Joshua Tree National Park
7:00-11:00 AM - Rock Climbing!!
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00-4:30 PM - Poolside Relaxation/Siesta Time
4:30 PM - Light Dinner
5:30 PM - Head Back to JTNP
6:00-8:00 PM - Rock Scrambling Adventure followed by Sunset Yoga
8:30 PM - Meteor Shower and Star Gazing with Sparkling Drinks and Tasty Snacks
6:00 AM - Breakfast is served
6:30 AM - Journey to Joshua Tree National Park (Check Out of Home)
7:00-11:00 AM - Rock Climbing!!
11:30 AM - Final Goodbyes
Meg Kee is founder of Mountain Girls, an outdoor collective that offers a space for women to meet like minded individuals since 2015. Women all around the world are invited to join together to motivate and inspire each other within the Mountain Girls community. Meg is a certified rock climbing guide with a passion to get more women into outdoor sports. She wants to help women redefine the relationship with womanhood and the great outdoors.
Annie Semmelroth is an accomplished climber with 15 years of climbing experience that spans over four continents. Joshua Tree is where Annie and her family have started the next chapter of their lives. Here in Joshua Tree, she owns Stone Adventures , a 5 star climbing guide service that operates out of the park year round. For years Annie has been searching for an outlet to grow the female community within rock climbing. She is excited to use her knowledge of Joshua Tree to invite more women into the world of rock climbing.