Wilderness Basics Course

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What is WBC?
The perfect way to learn how to backpack!  This is a 10 week course, with lectures starting on January 7, 2014 and meeting every Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at San Pasqual High School in Escondido. In addition to these lectures, you will go on 4 overnight trips, guided by experienced Sierra Club Chapter Outings Leaders. The course has introduced thousands of women and men to safe, comfortable wilderness experiences. After completing the course, you will be experienced in hiking and backpacking, and will be able to do it confidently and safely. Along the way, you'll meet some nice people, see some beautiful places right here in San Diego County, and may surprise yourself with what you can do.

The cost of the course is just $100 (paid by credit card), and includes a compass, guidebook, notebook, handouts, and admittance to all outings.

You can now register for the class on line and all the details are on the Registration page.

Recently, San Diego Fox News did a mini-series on our WBC course.  You can watch it here:  WBC on YouTube

Which WBC?
This website describes the WBC course put on in the North County, in Escondido.  There is a sister course that is given in San Diego at the Scottish Rite Event Center that starts one week later.  Find out more about the differences by clicking here, or go directly to the Main Chapter website.


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What's  the North County Group?

The North County Group is an entity of the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club.  We are particularly concerned with conservation and environmental issues in North County. Once every year, our all volunteer staff conducts the Wilderness Basics Course. 

Key Dates (all in 2014)

  • January 7 -- First class
  • January 11 -- Conditioning hikes start
  • January 18 or 19 -- Evaluation hike
  • January 30 -- REI shopping night, 5-7, Kearny Mesa and Encinitas stores
  • February 1 - 2 -- Desert Car Camp
  • February 15 - 16 -- Desert Backpack
  • February 18 - Presidents Day!  No class.
  • March 1 - 2 -- Mountain Backpack
  • March 8 -- Evaluation hike make up
  • March 15 - 16 -- Snow Camp Backpack
  • March 18 -- Last class
  • March 25 -- Optional "11th" class
  • April 26 -27-- Reunion

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