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One Photo, One Story: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park

One Photo, One Story: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park

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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Michael Lanza

A former field editor and primary gear reviewer for Backpacker Magazine, Michael Lanza created The Big Outside to share stories and images from his many backpacking, hiking, and other outdoor adventures, as well as expert tips and gear reviews to help readers plan and pull off their own great adventures.

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    Good memories of Joshua Tree. Great climbing, and the wildlife have a knack for survival, including stealing your water and food while you’re roped to the rock!

    Good to meet you Mike. Look forward to the article about hiking and climbing in Joshua Tree.

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    • MichaelALanza

      Thanks, Andrew, good to me you as well and I’m glad you found my blog! Get in touch if you’re ever in this part of the world again.

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