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Learn to lead course for rock climbers in the Joshua Tree National Park (2-3 days)

Discover the exciting world of lead climbing on a rock climbing course in Joshua Tree National Park! This two or three day guided program takes your climbing career to new heights by teaching you how to lead in the exhilarating wilderness of Joshua Tree National Park.

Duration1+ day
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Choose between two or three days of tailored lead climbing instruction.

  • Follow the guidance of AMGA-certified pros with a vast local knowledge.

  • Learn an exciting sport in a unique environment on premium climbing terrain.


Start your advanced rock climbing career on the right foot by heading into Joshua Tree National Park and taking a lead climbing course! The two or three days of guided instruction is designed to give you practical skills to safely and efficiently lead your own ascents, build anchors, and so much more!

There is no better place to immerse yourself in rock climbing culture than Joshua Tree National Park. The 790,636 acre park in Southern California includes two deserts and their iconic ecosystems as well as numerous mountain ranges and unique flora and fauna. It has long been a prized destination for climbers and hikers because of its rare and rugged nature and bountiful outcropping.

Your step into the lead climbing community will begin here, entrenching yourself in this beautiful wilderness for two or three days to acclimate yourself to leading. We have years and years of experience in both climbing and guiding, so you can pick up crucial techniques, tips, and tricks that are vital to your educational growth.

You will cover a variety of climbing topics over two full days, including top rope set up, belay techniques, safety protocol, lead movement, and more. If you would like more time to train, we have a three day option as well.

Beginning early on the first day, we will head out from our office in Joshua Tree to a variety of great objectives to get you learning right away. Your first goal is to familiarize yourself with the equipment and its proper usage, from ropes and belays to actual top rope techniques. Following your comprehension of the skills, you can put your new acquired climbing abilities to the test on real ascents.

Our aim is to have you capably and safely leading easy, well-protected routes in Joshua Tree by the end of your program. We will keep safety as our number one priority, so you will gain confidence and remain comfortable while progressing to the next level of climbing.

You need to have some prior experience before taking this program – we recommend our Introduction to Rock Climbing Course. This also includes a strong physical fitness for multiple full days on the rock. Those who have the time can take the three day option for more quality time applying their skills to the rock.

Book this Learn to Lead Course in Joshua Tree National Park NOW and give yourself the tools to lead your rock climbing adventures safely and with confidence!

For those who want to focus on a specific skillset, we have a great one day top rope set up clinic in Joshua Tree with your name on it!



There are a variety of great hotels in the Joshua Tree area, and the close proximity to Palm Springs (45 minutes) also allows for a wide range of lodging options. Plan ahead and book early as reservations are often required and can fill up during busier seasons (spring and fall) – sometimes as early as a year in advance. Reservable sites within the park include Black Rock, Indian Cove, and Sheep’s Pass. Feel free to ask us for recommendations on lodging and food – we know the area like the back of our hand and are happy to share our expertise.

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, per day

Group of 1

USD 600 each

Group of 2

USD 350 each

Group of 3

USD 300 each

Group of 4

USD 250 each

Group of 5

USD 220 each

Group of 6

USD 200 each

Group of 7

USD 190 each

Group of 8

USD 180 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The prices listed are for the two day program. Three day program prices are (per person in USD):

- 1 Person: $800

- 2 Persons: $450

- 3 Persons: $400

- 4 Persons: $350

- 5 Persons: $300

- 6 Persons: $275

- 7 Persons: $250

- 8 Persons: $225

Please contact us for pricing and availability if your group is larger than eight (8).

The price includes the guiding fee and group climbing equipment only. The price does NOT include accommodation.

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