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Santa Cruz Island Four Day outing (with a three day and kayaking option)
This trip was full but due to several cancellations, we have now have three openings. We will accept interested people in order of checks received. No need to RSVP on this site but feel free to write to [masked] should you have questions. Santa Cruz Island boatpack and camping outing.This is a four day (Friday to Monday) adventurous trip to the Channel Islands National Park. There is an option to go Sat to Monday. Visit Santa Cruz Island in April when the hillsides are still a beautiful spring-green. On Friday you will day hike from Prisoners Harbor on the Conservancy side of the Island. After that, ferry over to Scorpion Anchorage where the campground is located. There is a 3/4 mile walk from the pier to the group camping area. There is water for cooking and drinking. Spend the weekend hiking, exploring, learning Island history, and enjoying spectacular ocean views. Choice of shorter and more challenging hikes. Climb the highest peak on the east side of the Island---El Montanon, on the SC Lower Peaks list. Visit historic ranching sites. Optional kayak tour of sea caves with professional guides on Monday. Boat to the Island leaves from Ventura at 8 am Friday and Saturday mornings returning Monday evening around 4:30 pm. Chance of viewing marine mammals including whales and dolphins. Base cost is $145 (four days) or $130 (three days). This includes boat fare to the Island from Ventura, camping fees and some evening drinks and snacks. Three hour concessionaire guided "kayaking the sea caves" tour is available on Monday for an additional $129. Write leader [masked] with any questions. Checks should be made out to Wilderness Adventures Section. Please include email address, home address, best phone #, emergency name, relation and phone number. Mail to Marlen Mertz at 11285 Charnock Rd #2 Los Angeles, CA 90066 No refund without replacement.

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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:


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South Bay (Long Beach, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, North OC)
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