Self rescue course for rock climbers in the Joshua Tree National Park (2-3 days)

Join an AMGA-certified guide from Mojave Guides in the beautiful expanse of Joshua Tree National Park for a two or three day self-rescue course to improve your efficiency and security for future rock climbing adventures and opening the door to ambitious objectives around the globe.




Trip Duration

1+ day

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip



  • Master preventative safety measures to avoid risk and climb safely.

  • Spend two or three days fully understanding valuable safety training.

  • Use the Joshua Tree National Park and its varied terrain as your classroom.

  • Take advantage of dedicated local professionals for quality instruction.


Gain top notch rock climbing safety instruction on a two or three day guided self-rescue course in Joshua Tree National Park! This immersive program gives you the tools to safely avoid – and get out of – potentially dangerous situations by instilling crucial techniques and applying them practically over the course of the program!

When it comes to high quality rock formations, Joshua Tree National Park in the heart of Southern California is one of the best. Its plentiful outcroppings, inselbergs, and boulders have created a veritable haven for rock climbers of all levels, from multi-pitch veterans to first time scramblers. The park has roughly 790,636 acres of land to explore, including contrasting ecosystems from the desert to mountains.

Your program places you in the middle of this climbing wilderness for an enriching safety program, two or three days full of self-rescue techniques and tools to advance your career. This self-rescue course is designed to give rock climbers the skills necessary to safely and efficiently identify and avoid the hazards of climbing.

You can expect to learn how to ascend ropes, properly apply haul systems, lower techniques, rappelling and abseiling, and lots more. Beginning early on the first day, you have two full days in the park to not only acquire the tools for self-rescue but practically apply them in the immense landscape. If two days aren’t enough, we have a three day option to give you even more time in Joshua Tree.

We are local guides who take pride in safety and satisfaction, so your program will be a compelling blend of fun guidance and valuable information to make you a better climber. By the end of the program, you will be able to climb safely in a variety of locations, even the most immense and remote.

You should have prior rock climbing experience and be able to handle two or three full days of instruction comfortably. The environment is varied but rugged, so an appreciation and understanding of Joshua Tree’s obstacles and objectives is a major asset. You should also be in good shape to participate in this course.

Book this amazing self-rescue course in Joshua Tree National Park NOW and spend two or three days in a beautiful Southern California setting to learn valuable safety skills that last a lifetime!

We can also take our two or three day Learn to Lead Rock Climbing Course in Joshua Tree so you can prepare yourself to lead a climbing adventure!

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Price per person, per day

Group of 1
600 USD

Group of 2
350 USD

Group of 3
300 USD

Group of 4
250 USD

Group of 5
220 USD

Group of 6
200 USD

Group of 7
190 USD

Group of 8
180 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
 The prices listed are for the two day program. Three day program prices are (per person): - 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.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


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.


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.

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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.


About the Guide


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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What People are Saying


Solo female climber here and had a great time out on the rocks with Seth as my guide. Appreciated his flexibility, laid-back (but still risk averse) style. I suspect he\'s able to adapt to all climber types and personalities. I can\'t wait to make it back (hopefully with a group of friends) as I know my next guided experience with Seth will be just as amazing!
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