Two Brits need ride from J-Tree to LA on Nov. 23rd or 24th


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susan peplow

Joshua Tree, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 16, 2012 - 01:16pm PT
Cross-post from, Russ said I should post here as well.

Two Brits, Tristan & Sam have traveled from Wales & England to climb our wonderful lands.

The lads arrived last month and somehow were able to hitch from LAX to Yosemite, then to Indian Creek. I picked the sorry suckers up from the cold road outside of Barstow and dumped them in Joshua Tree where they'll be spending the last of their Holiday. Poor boys wasted 5 days getting from Moab to Barstow. Big difference hitch-hiking in the US vs. UK.

They're super nice boys, I ran into them again yesterday climbing, they're staying in Hidden Valley Campground and have found Joshua Tree the most "interesting" place they've been so far. Which for me, is amazing....face it, they started in Yosemite and went to the Creek too!

Anywhoo, as most month long trips they're now running low on funds and have no vehicle. If any of you want to take mercy on them to run them to town, stop for a cup of tea or better yet deliver them back to LA after the holiday that would be wonderful.

I realize that most of you are probably out in Joshua Tree for the entire weekend but those of you arriving early and heading back on Friday a trip west would be much appreciated.

Their flight is on Saturday, November 24th at 4pm. They're hoping to hitch a ride to LAX or proximity on Friday the 23rd and they'll just bivy in the airport. Saturday morning would be even better but starting to cut it close if things don't work out.

Stop by and say hello and if you can hook them up with a ride, that's great! HVCG Site 29.

No phone, no car but they hope to check this posting from the library.

James Wilcox

Boulder climber
The Coast
Nov 16, 2012 - 01:59pm PT
Is there any kind of airbus shuttle in the JT/ 29 Palms area that runs to LAX?
I'd kick in for that if no one can offer a ride.

Nov 16, 2012 - 02:10pm PT
There's a Greyhound bus out of Indio to LA, maybe even out of Morongo Valley. You could probably hitchhike from the park to Indio, might even get lucky and find someone going all the way to LA.
James Wilcox

Boulder climber
The Coast
Nov 16, 2012 - 02:36pm PT
I saw Greyhound out of Indio, but it doesn't appear to run the 62 corridor.The airbus out of SB to LAX is pretty reasonable, I thought the JT area might have a similar service.
ana dablam

mother earth
Nov 16, 2012 - 03:01pm PT
LOL! 98% of the people in the Morongo Basin JT area can't afford to fly, let alone afford a shuttle to the airport.

This and Samta Barbara! Its Cletus Ville.

Boulder climber
member since 2002
Nov 16, 2012 - 03:04pm PT
Susan, maybe get ahold of Simon the Brit. I'm sure he'd be willing to give them a ride.
The user formerly known as stzzo

Sneaking up behind you
Nov 16, 2012 - 03:10pm PT
Being Brit makes a difference...

Bump :-)

Trad climber
Nov 16, 2012 - 04:39pm PT
Here's the lads at their campsite in Indian Creek. I met them when I randomly ended up sharing a site with them, and can tell you that not only are they nice people, but they are overflowing with that dry British humor. More than enough to keep you entertained on the drive from J-Tree to LA.

They seem to be having the time of their lives climbing and hitch-hiking through the Southwest. And by this point in their trip, I doubt they have a dime to spare.

Credit: granite_girl
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:11pm PT
It looks like there are buses from Palm Springs to LAX, although it takes about four hours and involves some changes. Not particularly efficient or convenient, although having an afternoon flight may help. Still, a possibility, if someone can get them down the hill. (They might appreciate a side-trip to Desert Hot Springs, too!) Hitching from Yucca Valley might be a challenge.

The MBTA has buses that go from Yucca Valley to Palm Springs.
Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:13pm PT
Laying odds they miss their flight..... Something in the range of a 20 to 1 shot they get there on time.
Mighty Hiker

Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:42pm PT
Russ, are you suggesting that they start walking now?

Russ Walling

Social climber
from Poofters Froth, Wyoming
Nov 16, 2012 - 10:06pm PT
Only if they ever want to see fresh Haggis or AeroBars ever again.
Captain...or Skully

Nov 16, 2012 - 10:11pm PT
What's an Aerobar? Is it as weird as Haggis?
Oh, and Bump.

Social climber
Nov 16, 2012 - 10:49pm PT
Talked to them earlier this week in the campground, were super cool cats.

Hook some brothers up!

Nov 16, 2012 - 11:08pm PT
The MBTA bus stops at Park and 62. That will get you to Palm Springs. A little net work should show how to connect to the bus to LAX.

JT to YV
Credit: jstan

YV to Palm Springs
Credit: jstan

Unfortunately I can't find a bus to LAX from P/S. Let me look at one way car rental. Be back.

I rented a car at Hertz rental right near the lion in YV once. I priced a one way rental to LAX. Came to about $80. The limo services seemed to be in the hundreds.

$230 for two to fly Palm Springs to LAX. (no bono)

I can come up into the park and take them down to YV. Then if they have a driver's permit and do a car rental they can go directly to LAX. I just could not find good transport from Palm Springs. My phone number is in the white pages. Or PM me via Supertopo.

I have seen reports of a hitch hiker stuck on a road in Wyoming for six days. All the road crew found was a message scrawled on a guard rail, "Six days here. I am going to die."
We can't have you dying here. Lizzie would be pissed. Give me a call when death seems imminent.
Stewart Johnson

lake forest
Nov 17, 2012 - 01:17am PT
i mean that has to be one of the best hurl shots so far on this site.
thanks and cheers
Sredni Vashtar

Social climber
The coastal redwoods
Nov 17, 2012 - 01:42am PT
aerobar bump

its chocolate with bubbles, in flavo(u)rs of mint and orange too
Captain...or Skully

Nov 17, 2012 - 09:58am PT
So it's Waaaaaay better than haggis, then.

Trad climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 10:58am PT
Bets of luck to them. Maybe, there is a possibility for them to head out of JT at the end of this weekend with someone, or early next week, and do LA CouchSurf.

Even though they would miss some days of climbing, it might be nice to get a shower in before the flight.
Toker Villain

Big Wall climber
Toquerville, Utah
Nov 17, 2012 - 12:27pm PT
I would venture to say that any thread involving itinerant British climbers might not be considered to be all encompassing if not replete with a hurl shot.

But pray desist the extraction of mucous ejecta from your proboscis via the means of digital manipulation.
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