Even The Climbing Life Guides can't quite articulate the feeling of exhilaration when you finally hoist yourself onto a mountain's peak. They describe it as an "ah hah!" moment, one when it's impossible to fight off a grin. And their main goal as guides is to help climbers get there. That's why they take clients on private or group climbs in Joshua Tree National Park, promising breathtaking views of some of the nation's most impressive natural splendor. They'll bring all the equipment and knowledge—climbers just need to bring a thirst for adventure.
It took a while for Cedar Lake Camp to come into its identity, changing hands three times in 20 years before the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles bought it in 1955. Since then, the staff has worked hard to establish it as a sanctuary of reflection, renewal, and recreation. The manmade lake clearly plays a central role in the retreat’s activities, from canoeing to swimming and fishing. The camp has also extended its recreational purview to include thrills such as ziplining, rope courses, and team-building activities. It rents its lodges out year-round to guests and bears looking for a place to hibernate, and often hosts summer camps for kids and families.