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Joshua Tree National Park – Rock Climbing

March 20th – 28th, 2013

Joshua Tree National Park has been a long time favorite winter destination for climbers due to its mild desert weather and incredibly high quality and very abundant rock.  JTNP lies at the junction of the Mojave Desert and Sonoran Desert lending to a very unique environment that harbors the Dr. Suess inspiring Joshua tree.  The geology of the area is also rather unique as the granite that forms the magnificent rock climbing features is significantly older than the nearby San Bernardino Range of the greater Sierra Nevada Range.  Temperatures in March are a mild average of around 70 degrees and sunshine is plentiful.

The group will travel by Voyageur bus from the Cathedral Close to Dulles International Airport where we will fly to Los Angeles, CA.  After picking up our rental vehicles, we will make the drive to Joshua Tree National Park.  There we will spend the week climbing at various locations around the park allowing students the opportunity to continue their growth as climbers while learning how to be active members of a successful expedition.


Cost $950 – $1,100 (Depending on # of participants)

Trip Fee Covers:

• All travel expenses to California and back to D.C.

• All permits and camping fees

• All meals

• Instruction and guiding

• All group equipment and gear

Does not cover:

• Personal equipment (clothing) Equipment List

• Souvenirs

• Airport meals

** Some equipment available for rent from Voyageur Program

Sample Itinerary and What to Expect



This Trip is open to all NCS/STA Upper School Students.

Space is limited, so reserve a space NOW by e-mail or phone 202-537-5545.

A (non-refundable) $350 deposit will be due by December 4th, 2012

Payable by cash or Check to: STA/NCS Voyageur Program


In addition, please fill out and submit the following Health Form:


A Pre-Trip Meeting will take place on

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

at 5:30 PM in the Voyageur Office

(Parents are welcome to attend)



Please contact the Voyageur office with any questions by phone at 202.537.6468

or by email at or