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Outings for all levels of those adventurous at heart from beginning to experienced hikers throughout the Southern California area as well as Northern California, the rest of the U.S. and even International trips. Hiking, backpacking, off-trail, on-trail, snow travel, all throughout the year with many Sierra Club sections. . Meet other like-minded folks who love the outdoors. Enjoy shared "happy hours" camping beside alpine lakes; celebrate with others as they achieve their goals of climbing local, Sierra, and desert peaks; or go on regularly scheduled conditioning hikes and walks; make lifelong friends with whom you can explore the outdoors in every season. We are eager to share our love for the outdoors with old friends and new.

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This Meetup also announces the Sierra Club's Wilderness Travel Course (WTC), which runs from January to March of every year.

This ten-week Sierra Club course has been offering classroom instruction and field experiences to Los Angeles and Orange County outdoor enthusiasts for the past 20 years. During the late summer and autumn months, there is a series of free introductory/conditioning hikes (listed on this Meetup). The Wilderness Travel Course takes place every January through March and teaches basic navigation, off trail, snow travel, bouldering, and ,any other hiking / backpacking skills for mountain and desert travel. The Course includes navigation instruction using topo maps and compass, rock scrambling techniques, how to choose equipment, backpacking food and nutrition, snow travel, wilderness first aid, and lots more. Includes ten evening classes, and two full-day and two weekend outings with bus transportation provided. Offered in four So Cal locations (see below). See WTC Web site for more information, cost, and exact locations:


Orange County
South Bay (Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, North OC)
San Gabriel Valley
West Los Angeles

Upcoming events (4+)

FREE: Navigation Series (3 of 3)

Alta Laguna Park

Navigate using a topo map and compass. Dec. 11
We'll put together your new understanding (hopefully you attended our two previous sessions) of the compass and topo map and use them together to take bearings on features during a hike. We'll identify ridges, gullies, and landmarks using our map and compass.

Maybe you already learned these things in WTC or somewhere else, but forgot and want to review? Come along...

If you have a mirror compass, bring it. If you don't, you can buy one at REI or on Amazon. Even if you don't have one, you can learn w/ours.

Wilderness Travel Course instructors are offering this FREE intro series to navigation. It's best if you can take all three, but join for any you can fit into your schedule.

ONLY RSVP if you're coming for sure. This will help us plan our lesson accordingly.

Bring water, sun protection, and snacks. Wear layers and comfortable shoes.

Previous session (1 of 3): Anatomy of a Compass? Oct. 2
Learn the different parts and features, what they tell us, and how to use them. (Viewing sight, mirror, bezel, base plate, ruler, magnetized needle, liquid filled capsule, declination arrow, and lanyard),

Previous Session (2 of 3) All about Topo Maps; Nov. 6
Maximize your understanding of the data points in the margins, identify natural and man-made features, learn about contour lines, gullies, ridges, peaks, and more.

#Navigation #orienteering #topomap #COMPASS #stayfound #playoutside #getoutside #hiking #backpacking #crosscountry

Hazy Shade of Winter Stair Hike #1

2081 Hillhurst Ave

Winter is coming, Look around, Leaves are brown, and you can see downtown. Wander the Los Feliz Hills and take in spectacular views of Los Angeles. See some historic homes and climb 400+ stairs to condition for your upcoming winter hikes. Meet 6:30PM at the Coffee Bean at Hillhurst and Franklin (2081 Hillhurst Ave 90027). Bring water and wear good walking shoes. Heavy rain cancels. Flashlights encouraged. This will also be a Sierra Club Wilderness Travel Course intro-hike - you can learn more about the class during this hike! Class starts in January 2023 - register now before the class fills up. More info at: https://www.wildernesstravelcourse.org
Hike Leader - Anne Mullins

Event Organizer - Homer Tom [masked]

Meetup Organizer - Jan Marie Perry [masked]

Learn New Skills-Make New Friends-Experience New Adventure

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Dear Group Members, particularly the recent swell of new, never-been-backpacking-before-but-want-to-start members: There is a great Sierra Club opportunity that is about to begin….an opportunity that only happens one time each year and it is one of the best outdoor learning experiences the Sierra Club has to offer. This is the Angeles Chapter Wilderness Travel Course (WTC). Some of you have taken the course and are now leaders and/or knowledgeable hikers. For those of you who have not, enrollment in WTC is something you should consider now. The Wilderness Travel Course helps build outdoor skills so hikers can be safe in the backcountry. The course runs for ten weeks and includes four field trips (two one day and two weekend outings). Students learn map and compass navigation skills for competently hiking off-trail, snow travel, rock scrambling techniques, first aid, nutrition and lots more. The course is followed by unforgettable experience backpacking trips most of which take place in the High Sierra, Sequoia and Yosemite during the summer months.
WTC moves you from being a day hiker to a more serious adventurer. You will acquire skills in trip planning, preparation, equipment and wilderness safety to take you into the backcountry in all seasons, beyond roads and trails with new friends that share your interest in the outdoors.

Again, the course runs only one time each year and takes place in Southern California in four locations as follows: West Los Angeles (Wednesdays beginning Jan 4th; Orange County (Tuesdays beginning Jan 10); Long Beach/South Bay (Wednesdays beginning January 18th); San Gabriel Valley (Tuesdays beginning Jan 24th)

The four geographic areas fill up well in advance of the class start date so register early.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER FOR THE COURSE GO TO: www.wildernesstravelcourse.org (http://www.wildernesstravelcourse.org/)

Hazy Shade of Winter Stair Hike #2

1900 N Highland Ave

Break up the holiday blues with a hike on Hollywood staircases. Climb high to see the festive holiday city lights. Prepare for winter adventures (or excess holiday calories) by carrying a heavy pack like Saint Nick. Meet at the Starbucks on Highland & Franklin (1900 Highland Ave, LA 90068). The parking forecast is hazy so arrive early. Hint: try a parking lot to the north. Bring water, adventurous spirit, strong legs, a sharp eye and a love of stair hikes. Flashlight optional. This will also be a Sierra Club Wilderness Travel Course intro-hike - you can learn more about the class during this hike! Class starts in January 2023 - register now before the class fills up. More info at: https://www.wildernesstravelcourse.org

Hike Leader - Homer Tom

Event Organizer - Homer Tom [masked]

Meetup Organizer - Jan Marie Perry [masked]

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Silver Lake Stair Hike with the Sierra Club

Silver Lake Meadows

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