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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.

To find more WTC outings go to:

www.wildernesstravelcourse.org/outings;

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:
http://www.wildernesstravelcourse.org

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 (1 of 3)

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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.

Anatomy of a Compass? Oct. 2
We'll 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),

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.

Navigate using a topo map and compass. Dec. 11
We'll put together your new understanding 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.

Oct. 2: We'll meet in the parking lot, just in front of the community center building. After our compass overview, you can join us for a 5-7 mile moderate hike.

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

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

Learn about great So-Cal Hikes, Free class at REI Tustin

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Join us at the REI in Tustin to learn about the treasures in our own backyard. We'll talk about how to find places to go, guided, solo, and groups to join, what apps and websites are helpful, and much more. Find inspiration and challenge as well as valuable information in this short one hour session.

Sign up on the REI website but let us know you're coming w/an RSVP here too.

Any questions? Message me directly, I'm always happy to help.
Lubna

FREE: Navigation Series (2 of 3)

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All about Topo Maps
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.

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.
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Navigate using a topo map and compass. Dec. 11
We'll put together your new understanding 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.

Previous session: 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),

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

FREE: Navigation Series (3 of 3)

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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.

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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

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Banff Film Fest in OC

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