by Henry White

Photo by Jake Stein


Just a two-hour drive outside of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is nestled on both the Colorado and Mojave Desert. Comprised of 800,000 acres, Joshua Tree is home to over five thousand sport, trad, and boulder routes of all difficulty levels, and is known as a world-class climbing destination.  The gorgeous scenery, wide variety of climbing terrain, easy approaches, and classic routes all add up to “Josh” being a climbing area with something for everyone.  Joshua Tree is one of the best teaching areas in the country, which is why we chose this unique and iconic park as the location for our first-ever skills camp April 3 – 9, 2017. To top it off – we will be there at one of the best times of the year – camping, climbing, and practicing our skills for a full week during prime spring conditions!

“This program is intended for adaptive climbers who want to become more independent in their climbing and push themselves to the ‘next level’- whatever that may mean for each person,” explains Adam Fisher, Program Director for Paradox Sports. 

Paradox is providing this opportunity for in-depth technical learning custom tailored for each individual. “Our goal is to provide an opportunity for climbing mentorship that some people might not have otherwise,” said Fisher. Trip leaders will be AMGA certified guides, experienced volunteers, and local legends that know “J-Tree” better than anyone. We encourage participants who already have some climbing experience to apply. Due to the individualized nature of this trip, it is appropriate for everyone from gym climbers who want to get outside for the first time to experienced trad climbers who want to improve their efficiency in preparation for big walls around the world.

“Paradox Sports has always been about welcoming people with disabilities into the climbing community. In the past we have primarily done this with trips focusing on movement skills and on helping people get ‘in the door’ to the world of climbing. This program takes that philosophy a step further,” says Fisher. Subjects covered at the skills camp will be tailored to the broad interests and goals of group members, ranging from how to lead, to crack climbing, to high-angle rescue.

Paradox is looking forward to having returning participants as well as new faces for this first-ever skills camp. Adam Payne has joined for several Paradox Sports trips over the years, from ice climbing in Ouray and North Conway to rock climbing in the Gunks. When asked about the Joshua Tree Skills Camp, Payne said, “I am most looking forward to the people I meet, this new style of trip, and acquiring more trad climbing skills.”

Photo by Tom Rivers

Fisher points out, “One of the aspects of climbing that many find so engaging is that there is always something new to learn. Each discipline (sport, trad, alpine, big wall, ice, etc.) requires unique skills that build upon a climber’s past experiences. Paradox’s JTree Skills Camp will help adaptive athletes achieve their climbing goals – whatever those may be.”

The trip runs from Monday afternoon April 3rd to Sunday morning April 9th and includes 6 nights of camping, 5 full days of climbing, all meals, equipment and individual instruction for $450. Applications must be received by March 1st, 2017. If you have any questions, you can email Program Director Adam Fisher at [email protected]


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Photo by Jake Stein