When you visit an indoor climbing gym regularly, you start getting a feel for the place and its members. You will see that people sort of follow certain rules of behavior. The same applies when it comes to Joshua Tree group rock climbing. It’s not set in stone, but there are specific behavior and unwritten rules to be observed if you don’t want to be a nuisance. Here are the most common:
Joshua Tree Group Rock Climbing Should LNT
LNT stands for “Leave No Trace,” and it is a group of principles that many individuals observe when enjoying the outdoors. It was originally developed by the Forest Service in the 60s, and further developed by the non profit group Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics:
- Prepare and Plan Ahead
- Use Durable Surfaces for Traveling and Camping
- Waste Should be Disposed of Properly
- Take Nothing But Pictures
- Minimize the Impact of Campfires
- Do Not Disturb the Wildlife
- Be Considerate of Others
The same principles can be applied when you are part of a group of rock climbers exploring the Joshua Tree National Park.
Keep Your Noise Within Reason
We are not saying that you should observe complete silence like monks on a pilgrimage, but keep in mind that a guided joshua tree experience is different from the gym, where you can have music blaring and people constantly shouting. On the outdoors, you should avoid playing loud music. You have headphones for these cases, and minimize your yelling.
It’s a given that an outdoor adventure will require a lot of stuff. But when you start to spread out and make yourself comfortable, all of those stuff end up on the ground as cumbersome clutter. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also hinder others from enjoying their joshua tree group rock climbing trip. So if you plan to bring a ton of stuff, make sure you are organized and a little bit contained. Treat the outdoors as the living room in your house. It might be in a high desert as opposed to your comfy property, but it must be kept clean because it is shared by multiple people.
Follow All of the Official Rules and Regulations
Majority of the land in the Joshua Tree is federally-owned, so they will have very specific rules and regulations that you need to follow. There will be a list of these rules posted where people can see them, mostly at trailheads or at visitor centers. You can also ask your joshua tree rock climbing guide, as they will definitely know specific rules that you have to follow in order to avoid trouble with the law.
Going on a Joshua Tree Group Rock Climbing Trip?
If you need a little bit of help getting your lay of the land, or want to make sure you are safe and following the above list of etiquette, you can contact Uprising Adventure Guides and we will pair you up with one of our expert climbing instructors.