Outdoor Enthusiasts: Set your sights high and achieve a new goal this year. Try rock climbing and head to the top of Southern California’s many striking summits. Whether a beginner or advanced, stimulate both the senses and physical body by challenging your balance, agility and endurance. Regardless of skill level, it’s possible to fly high amongst stunning rock formations from the desert of Joshua Tree to the mountains of Idyllwild. Keep in mind, rock climbing is an extreme sport and must be taken seriously. All levels are encouraged to go with an expert or take part in one of the many climbing schools found throughout the region.
Since 2011, there have been five deaths. In 2012 alone there were over 60 rescues.
Authorities say three hikers clinging to a cliff 100 feet above a canyon floor were airlifted to safety by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department rescue team.