By Michael Lanza

On a recent, balmy morning in the sprawling and primordial Wonderland of Rocks area of Joshua Tree National Park, my friend David Ports and I had just climbed a route called Mental Physics when I captured this photo of him scrambling down through a maze of boulders below the climb, overlooking a signature Joshua Tree landscape of granite monoliths.

I’ll post a story with more photos about that trip rock climbing and hiking at Joshua Tree National Park later at The Big Outside. Meanwhile, you can read about my family trip exploring Joshua Tree (which I wrote more about in my award-winning book, Before They’re Gone—A Family’s Year-Long Quest to Explore America’s Most Endangered National Parks), and all of my stories about national park adventures at The Big Outside.

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