We just started getting into bouldering this year after our neighbors in San Diego took us for the first time. Before moving into our Airstream, the Grotto was practically our second home, but now that we’re living on the road, we haven’t had many chances to climb. When we looped back through the west coast, we decided to plan a Joshua Tree climbing trip with our old neighbors.
There’s no denying that Joshua Tree is a beautiful park, but before we started climbing, it didn’t seem to have a whole lot of activities to keep you interested for more than a weekend. The landscapes all looked the same with joshua trees and random rock piles scattered throughout the park. After getting into climbing, though, each rock, each boulder, each crack, each crevice started becoming unique to us. We can see why this is a climber’s playground, and it makes us appreciate the place so much more.
It was only our second time outdoor climbing. It can be SO scary and intimidating, but it was a lot of fun trying out different types climbs and pushing ourselves to our limits. The best part of the weekend is that we had plenty of down time in between climbs and in the evenings to catch up and even meet new friends. I just love how laid back and friendly the climbing community is.
Our friends over at Bota Box even sent over some wine for us to enjoy on the trip! We’ve never tried box wines before primarily because of the stigma around it, but we loved that Bota Box has made quality wine especially for adventurers and people on the go.
We brought a Bota Brick with us climbing and had some full sized Bota Boxes waiting for us at the Airstream. It’s amazing how much wine you can fit into one box! Can you believe that the Bota Brick Chardonnay (green box) holds 2 bottles and the full-size Boat Nighthawk Black (blue box) holds 4 bottles of wine? Besides that, it’s 100% recyclable, it doesn’t drip, and the wine stays fresh up to four weeks after opening. It’s impressive.
We’re not wine connoisseurs by any means, but we like to drink socially and enjoy wines that are smooth and easy to drink.
We can’t wait to explore more outdoor climbing spots and still have a long way to go to get better at bouldering. Anyone want to go climbing with us and show us the ropes (pun intended)? :) If you’ve tried any of the Bota Box wines, we’d love to hear your thoughts!
OUR CLIMBING GEAR:
- Crash Pad: Metolius Session Crash Pad
- Chalk Bag: Metolius Ultralight + Metolius Super Chalk
- Climbing Shoes: Five Ten Anasazis (His + Hers) – great for slab / smearing
Do you have any recommendations for great outdoor climbing spots on the west coast?
What beverages do you typically take on camping trips?
Thank you Bota Box for sponsoring this post and powering our fun weekend in Joshua Tree!
We’re so excited to be Bota Box ambassadors. As always, all opinions, images, and text are our own.