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Vertical Adventures

Joshua Tree National Park, CA, USA
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About Vertical Adventures
Vertical Adventures Rock Climbing School offers beginner, intermediate, and advanced rock climbing classes, 1/2 day and full day guided climbing tours, private rock climbing tours, and guided climbs year-round at Joshua Tree National Park, CA. We also offer rappelling tours of Joshua Tree's most spectacular rock formations. We specialize in family groups and offer group discounts.
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josh wrote a review Mar 2022
Santorini, Greece1 contribution
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What an amazing time we had with Jarad leading a four day rock climbing course with Vertical Adventures in March. I visited Joshua Tree National Park with my young adult daughter, both of us with limited outdoor climbing experience. Each day Jarad planned an amazing day with multiple varied climbs demonstrating different techniques and skills required to advance our knowledge in a fun and relaxed manner. We felt safe together as a team, and he showed us how make progress when we were “stuck”. Jarad made each day super fun by picking perfect climbs tailored to the groups level and made the best of windy weather. Thank you to Jarad Stiles and Bob Gaines for arranging a memorable course and we look forward to returning. I highly recommend Vertical Adventures.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Rhonda S wrote a review Mar 2022
Colfax, IN36 contributions15 helpful votes
My first climbing experience was in Joshua Tree "National Monument" with Bob Gaines of Vertical Adventure in 1988. I had the chance to return to Joshua Tree "National Park" with my daughter this year, and was hoping to climb with Bob again. Unfortunately, he was unavailable on our climbing date, so he paired us with Jarad. I was not at all disappointed with Jarad as a guide. He was excellent at getting us "on the rock" with minimal up-front "class-room" type instruction, yet covered all the bases really well. He was extremely easy-going, courteous, kind, and helpful, and came across as very sincere. As an extra bonus, he took some really cool photos of us, and made an excellent recommendation for a backpacking destination. I would be happy to climb with Jarad again! Be aware that the weather in Joshua Tree is very variable, so be sure to plan a trip at at a time when it is likely to be within your tolerances.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Richard R. wrote a review Feb 2022
Carlsbad, California2 contributions
This was our second year scheduling a day at Joshua Tree with our guide, Jarad. We can't say enough good things about the experience. If we could give more than five stars, we would. Jarad is an excellent guide. Both times we have gone out with him we have learned a lot. He knew just the right routes to take us on that so that we could stretch ourselves, but not so difficult that we couldn't complete them. We look forward to returning for another outing in the future. Thank you for an amazing day.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Jennie P wrote a review Nov 2021
Redondo Beach, California1 contribution
Absolutely incredible course, Jarad was fantastic! My climbing partner and I wanted to refresh our knowledge and learn new tips and tricks related to building and cleaning anchors, rappelling, and multi pitch climbing. We not only learned a lot, but we had so much fun doing it! Jarad was knowledgeable, patient, enthusiastic, encouraging, and super safe. We can’t wait to take another class on self-rescue, additional safety, and learning and redoing more techniques.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Paris T wrote a review Nov 2021
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Jarad was a fantastic guide! He's a great teacher, very patient and thorough in his explanations and also just fun to hang out with for the day. I can see why Vertical Adventures was voted #1 by Outside Magazine. I'm glad we were able to take a safety refresher course before heading out to Red Rocks. We definitely want to come back and do a full weekend course soon.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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