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1-day Top-rope set up clinic for rock climbers in the Joshua Tree National Park

Join an AMGA-certified guide from Mojave Guides and master the art of top roping on a one day clinic for rock climbing focused on setting up top rope, all within the stunning Joshua Tree National Park scenery and its fascinating geology.

Duration1 day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripPrivate


  • Perfect the art of top rope setup and take control of your ascents.

  • Learn valuable techniques and tips from AMGA-certified pros.

  • Take in the unique and spectacular Joshua Tree landscape in all its glory.


Learn the vital rigging techniques for rock climbing on a single day top rope set up clinic in the unbelievable wilderness of Joshua Tree National Park! This guided program gives you the tools necessary to improve your climbing skills and practically apply techniques that will help you get the most from your rocky ascents!

Joshua Tree National Park, located in Southern California at the crossroads of the Mojave and Colorado Desert ecosystems, is a sight to behold. The multiple mountain ranges of ancient rock include inselbergs and outcroppings that are a climbing paradise, boasting courses of every shape and size -from complex multi-pitch routes to classic beginning bouldering.

Your program is designed to build on your current rock climbing foundation and give you ample opportunity to learn how to rig your climbs through a tope rope set up clinic. Over the course of a full day, you will learn how to properly and efficiently top rope before heading out into the generous terrain to practice your newly developed skills.

We will begin early, meeting near our offices before heading into the park. The vast expanse of the landscape – which encompasses 790,636 acres – offers plenty of great climbs to put your top roping talents to work. Using your basic understanding of top roping and climbing systems, you will gain experience rigging your ropes and climbs. By the end of the day, you will feel comfortable and confident when setting up your next climb.

We have been climbing at Joshua Tree for years and have grown to love it. Sharing this passion with you is always our goal, so you can count on us to show you a safe, productive, and absolutely fun time on impeccable rock that was created for climbing. Beginners who are looking to improve from their basic abilities are encouraged to join – this is a great way to get some practice setting up climbs before heading off to test yourself in the park.

A general fitness level is imperative for this program, as is some experience in top rope set up or fundamental rock climbing techniques. You should also be prepared for the weather of Joshua Tree which can change drastically from day to day and season to season.

Book this sweet Joshua Tree National Park day program NOW and add to your climbing skill set with a top rope set up clinic to further your rock climbing career in the jaw-dropping beauty of Southern California!

We can also spend two days on an introduction to rock climbing course in Joshua Tree National Park for those greenhorns who want to learn the basics!


More info

Be prepared to fill out paperwork upon arrival to the program. As you will be following the guide into the park, please come prepared with ample fuel to safely and efficiently begin the program. Some suggested items to bring include: - Water (none in the park, so bring enough for the whole trip) - Food - Sun protection (sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, hat) - Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothes - Durable and comfortable hiking shoes - Long pants - Camera There is no cell phone service within the park.

Meeting point

Rock climbing courses generally begin at the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center. Contact us upon booking for more information regarding your meeting location.



About the guide

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Seth, the owner of Mojave Guides, has been a Joshua Tree resident since the Fall of 2003 to remain close to the National Park and its exceptional rock climbing.

His climbing career began about 12 years ago while living in Jackson Hole, WY. Obsessed from the beginning, he started to develop his skill set and gain experience the way good climbers do, by rock climbing!

By 2008 he had visited most of the famous climbing areas of the US and earned his first professional certification with the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA). Seth began his guiding career the same year, as a Trip Leader for Indiana Universities' Outdoor Adventures.

In 2010 he received an outdoor recreation and natural resource management degree from I.U. with a focus on rock climbing (yes, you can get a university degree for rock climbing!).

In 2013, following an intensive training period and subsequent 6-day exam, he was awarded the AMGA Rock Instructor Certification. This certification allows him to guide pretty much anything you want to climb in the park!

Today, Seth has worked with thousands of clients, from 5-year-olds to 75-year-olds through 10 different organizations based in 7 states.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 397 each

Group of 2

USD 227 each

Group of 3

USD 186 each

Group of 4

USD 171 each

Group of 5

USD 160 each

Group of 6

USD 155 each

Group of 7

USD 150 each

Group of 8

USD 140 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price includes the guiding fee and group climbing equipment only.

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