It’s not often that you get to gather the crew; chart a destination; and just go. But when you do, it’s a hell of a time. This weekend the MHW tribe, our good friends at Gear Coop and a whole list of rowdy climbing types descended on the desert in Joshua Tree. For two nights everyone dropped everything and left the stresses of life behind. We camped. We climbed. We climbed some more. We cooked way too much chili. And we drank an appropriate amount of beer.
What made the trip so memorable wasn’t just the epic landscapes (Joshua Tree is like another planet) or the top-notch climbing (unreal), but all the unforeseen space in between. In spite of all the planning–Did we bring the right gear? Campsite booked? Enough food? Who’s gona show up?–what really mattered was the impulse and spontaneity. That’s what it means to rally the tribe.
Here’s how it all went down…
Step 1: Pack.
“The van was fully loaded. Couldn’t have been stuck in there with a better crew. We had some deep laughs…” -Eddy Marks
Step 2: Take a detour (or two).
“Surfing was on the menu but it wasn’t guaranteed. Jeff knew a spot in Pismo, so we took a shot in the dark. Wind was low, psych was high. Everyone left with a cheesy grin on their face. We scored.” -Joe Gomez
Step 3: Set Up Camp
“The wind was fierce and we had to set up close to 20 tents, sand blowing everywhere. Took a couple tent poles to the face, but we powered through it. All good fun!” – Jeff Brandon
Step 4: Make Pancakes.
“Everyone was super friendly and psyched. And it was great to spend some quality time with the MHW fam. It was also my first time making pancakes… ever.” – Ethan Pringle
Step 5: Climb until you can’t feel your fingers.
“It was my first time to Joshua Tree, so we had to play the Jurassic Park theme song as we entered the park. The climbing was absolutely world class; hand jams, splitters, and blank faces that you just somehow stick too. A huge thanks to Cliffhanger Guides!” -Chris Jackson
Step 6: Take in the Scenery.
“We put out a call for no-strings-attached camping, climbing, campfire, pancakes and shenanigans in JTree. The Hardwear crew drove down from Northern California. Professional climber Ethan Pringle was rolling dice in Las Vegas and showed up just before sundown. Tribes came from near and far. Midnight hit and all had arrived just in time for one last campfire game and a stunning night under the Jtree stars. It was more than I could have ever imagined.” -Cheyana Van Dender
“Epic sunset, mild weather, seven kinds of wicked delicious chili, ice cold craft beer and a big cozy campfire. Mother Nature picked the perfect weekend to warm up because I would never expect to find myself camping and climbing in Joshua Tree mid winter.” – Tiffany Belmonti
“Those desert nights… take me back” – Paulina Dao
“Yew!!!” -Tobin Sanson
Huge thanks to everyone who came out! We hope this inspires more people to get out and go!!