Chasing Adventure: Joshua Tree National Park Episode #53 Part 2

Aaron McHugh

 
 

This adventure log is another from the Chasing Adventure series that I recorded while traveling to Southern California and a Work Life Play trip. I recorded this one from Joshua Tree National Park. The band U2 made this iconic place famous for their album titled Joshua Tree. It was a disappointing fact that the National Park reported that the album cover photo wasn’t actually taken inside Joshua Tree National Park. Instead, it was captured a hundred miles away somewhere in the desert. Regardless, we rocked Where the Streets Have No Name as we drove through the parks gate.

U2 Joshua Tree album cover
U2 Joshua Tree album cover

Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree

We joked about how we needed to bang off a layer of rust on our climbing skills before we got into a better jam. It takes a lot to be proficient in adventure sports. It feels a lot more precarious when you’re not feeling confident. After a couple of hours, we were able to remove some of the rust and remembering our skills.

Click to Listen Chasing Adventure: Joshua Tree National Park

Jake Shumate Joshua Tree NP
Jake Shumate Joshua Tree NP

Off Script:

Joshua Tree Rock Climbing

Hire a guide or attend a climbing school for some instruction. Do your own research on Mountain Project for routes within your range and timeline.

Jake Shumate and I finishing our day climbing at Joshua Tree National Park
Jake Shumate and I finishing our day climbing at Joshua Tree National Park

Accidents in North American Mountaineering

Published annually since 1948, Accidents in North American Mountaineering reports on the year’s most significant and teachable climbing incidents. In each case, the American Alpine Club analyzes what went wrong, helping you to prevent or survive similar situations in the future. American Alpine Club members receive the 128-page Accidents free with membership.

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales

Listen to my interview with Laurence Gonzales as he decodes Who Lives, Who Dies and Why?

The Darwin Awards

Just for a few giggles. The Darwin Awards are another list you don’t want to ever have your name appear on. Mostly because you’ll be dead and secondly because you will have died in a manner that is worth highlighting here.

Complete Guide to Joshua Tree National Park by Live Once Live Wild

See this full guide to Joshua Tree including park history, hiking, climbing and best time to visit.

Joshua Tree NP Work Life Play Microadventure
Joshua Tree NP Work Life Play Microadventure