JOSHUA TREE, Calif. – July 20, 2011 – Joshua Tree National Park and nonprofit groupFriends of Joshua Tree (FOJT) invite climbers of all skill levels and fans of Joshua Tree National Park to ‘Save the Date’ for the 2011 Climb Smart Festival, to be held October 21-23, 2011 in Joshua Tree, Calif. This year’s event celebrates the 75th anniversary of Joshua Tree National Park and kicks off the climbing season with fun, education, service and support for key services around the Park.  Event registration available atwww.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=220907.

The 2011 Climb Smart festival, including climbing clinics, camping, park projects, multimedia and athlete presentations, vendor fair and more, is the perfect event for kicking off the climbing season, connecting with kindred spirits and giving back to the park.  Presenting sponsors are Black Diamond, prAna, adidas Outdoor, Evolve Sports, Sterling Ropes, Joshua Tree National Park and Adventure 16.

Clinics for all abilities will be led by American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) accredited guides from Wilderness Outings, Uprising and Vertical Adventures as well as top sponsored and legendary climbers of yore.

During the Climb Smart festival, climbers and park supporters will also have the opportunity to learn about and shape Park policy as the Park’s long term General Management Plan goes under review this year.  Park policy toward climbing nationwide is heavily influenced by Joshua Tree, one of the world-renowned climbing destinations in the United States.
A one-time fee, $105 ($85 early bird), will give attendees an all-access pass to the weekend event’s festival, clinics, camping and fun at the new festival location, Joshua Tree Lake Campground. To register for Climb Smart 2011, register atwww.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=220907.

About Friends of Joshua Tree
Friends of Joshua Tree (www.friendsofjosh.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historical tradition of climbing in Joshua Tree National Park. Friends of Joshua Tree advocates, communicates, and encourages ethical and environmentally sound climbing practices, and works to shape park policy on climbing and climbing-related issues. Toward that end, Friends of Joshua Tree acts as the liaison between the climbing community and the National Park service.

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