Outdoor Climbing Retreats 2019



Raider Project and Darby Project will be hosting our Fall Climbing Retreat this May in Joshua Tree, CA

When: May 3rd-5th

Where: Joshua Tree National Park

Who: Eligible veterans West of the Mississippi River. Please fill out the application form above (additional information may be needed).

Additional information: Veterans will be meeting up at a convenient location/airport. Camping arrangements will be outside of the park. See packing suggestions at the bottom of this page.


The Raider Project is offering a weekend outdoor rock climbing trip to veterans that are working through the rigors associated with transition out of the service. Previous trips have included top rope climbing of beautiful Windgate Sandstone face and crack climbs, adventures through the New River Gorge in West Virginia, and scenic desert climbs in Joshua Tree National Park, CA. We'll be teaching the basics of rope work, climbing techniques, and belaying. There will be camping, hiking, climbing, and rappelling - supplemented with yoga and wellness teachings.

The goal is at the top, but the task is right in front of you. You have to focus and be in the moment. One distraction, one look away, one thought on something else besides what is right in front of you; and you miss your next step. You have to focus on each hold, each step, and one inch at a time you will achieve your goal.


THIS IS A WONDERFUL CHANCE TO GIVE VETERANS THE OPPORTUNITY TO UNWIND, build camaraderie and work together for a common goal.   

THE PLAN (2019)

DAY 1 - Arrivals

Groups will either be landing in LAX, LAS, OR Palm Springs and driving up to campsite in a rented RV OR picked up by our guide. Local attendees will need to drive to Joshua Tree National Park Campground,

1900 Meet & Greet/Set up camp

DAY 2 & 3 Instruction and Climbing

0600 Sunrise

0615 Wake up

0645 Breakfast

0715 Guided Morning Meditation

0745 Daily Brief

0800 Pack up

0830 Push to climbing site #1

0930 Arrive to site, Ropes & Safety instruction

1300 Lunch

1800 Return to campsite

1830 Dinner

1900 Sunset Yoga

1920 Sunset

1930 – 2200 Hygiene, socialize, recover

DAY 4 - Departures

0700 Wake up

0730 Breakfast

0800-1000 Break down camp

1030 Pack up

1100 Return rental gear

1200 Lunch

1300 Shuttle leaves for Airport


Sleeping bags - 20 degree bags

Sleep pads

 Group Camping Packages - includes

  • 3 person tent
  • MSR Stove w/ fuel 
  • cooking set
  • food & snacks

Rock Climbing package - includes 

  • climbing harness
  • climbing shoes    
  • helmets
  • chalk bag 
  • belay devices
  • YETI Rambler & swag

Yoga mat & carrying bag

Raider Project SWAG bag


  • Backpack for your weekend kit. 
  • At least one extra set of clean clothes (extra socks)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm (preferable with UV protection)
  • Small towel
  • Very light jacket in case the nights are cool
  • Camera (optional)
  • Small pillow
  • Flip flops or your choice of camp shoes
  • Comfortable hiking shoes/boots
  • Snacks
  • Wet wipes
  • Shower/hygiene supplies