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Join Arizona Climbing and Adventure School on unique 3 day co-educational yoga and rock climbing workshops which take place in the remote and dramatic desert landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park. Among the beautiful settings, you will immerse yourselves in both yoga and rock climbing in a safe and supportive environment. If you've never rock climbed or rappelled before or have a little indoor rock gym experience, you'll benefit greatly from this hands-on workshop!
You will camp out during this retreat.
This program’s focus will be on "moving body over rock" and will incorporate exercises in yoga, breathing and balance. Participants will be introduced to a variety of climbing techniques as well as basic top-rope set up, belaying and rappelling skills. Depending on the experience of the group, Arizona Climbing and Adventure School may introduce multi-pitch techniques and mock-leading. Each day will include a 1 to 2 hour yoga class, shared discussions and evening activities. This is an ideal course for those who are excited about exploring a new medium of creativity and wanting a holistic schooling in rock climbing and rappelling.
For a rock climber, reaching the top is not the point. Like rearing children, rock climbing is the journey that matters most if you are climbing for fitness.
Whether their journey lasts two hours or two days, rock climbers can benefit from a mental workout as well as a physical one, according to competitive climber Michelle Hurni, president of the Colorado-based American Sport Climbers Federation (ASCF).
Physically, rock climbing burns fat while strengthening muscles if pursued at a vigorous pace. Mentally, rock climbers exercise their ability to focus fully on a single task, an increasingly rare occurrence in this age of multitasking.
Climbers also get practice confronting their fears- the fear of heights, the fear of falling, and the fear of equipment failure. Ultimately, the sport can improve your self-confidence - if you learn how to climb safely, that is.
Ascending a natural rock wall burns up to 700 calories an hour if you weigh 140 pounds or up to 974 calories an hour if you weigh 190 pounds. Rock-climbing sessions tend to last at least six or seven hours.
In addition to offering an anaerobic and aerobic workout, rock climbing exercises almost every muscle group, according to Hurni of the ASCF. Rock climbing two or more times a week improves your strength, muscular and cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and mental toughness.
Curriculum begins with a specialized "ground school", in which you will focus on the basics. This includes:
These confidence-building exercises in balance, technique and trust are keys to your individual progress and enjoyment of rock climbing. Arizona Climbing and Adventure School’s instruction also includes detailed explanations on:
On this retreat you will have afternoon nature hikes.
This retreat will take place at Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA during fall, winter, and spring, and at Prescott, Arizona, USA during summer.
If you think a desert is just one big sandbox, Joshua Tree's extremes will soon set you straight. Part mountainous Mojave Desert, part cactus-studded Colorado Desert lowlands, this national park is a mixture of lush fan palm oases and trackless sand dunes. In spring, the arid landscape puts on a surprising wildflower display, including pale yellow blooms on the twisted yucca for which the park is named. Some of the best climbing in the Western USA is found here.