EXPERIENCE THE REMOTE BEAUTY OF THE WILDERNESS WITH INTELLIGENCE AND CONFIDENCE
EXPERIENCE THE REMOTE BEAUTY OF THE WILDERNESS WITH INTELLIGENCE AND CONFIDENCE

Class Schedule - 2018

The 2018 Wilderness Basics Course starts on Tuesday, January 9th and runs for 10 weeks. We do our very best to adhere to the class schedule. Please note that the schedule is subject to change.

Week 1
January 9
Arrive early to pick up your registration packet. Meet and greet staff.
Day Hike instructions and sign‐up
Lecture Topics: Introduction to WBC Staff & Class Procedures, Footwear, Ten Essentials
Be Prepared! Do some conditioning hikes. Come ready to enjoy and explore!
Week 2
January 16
Car Camp Leader Q & A
Car Camp overviews by leaders and car camp sign-up
Lecture Topics: Warm Climate Clothing, Backpacking Equipment
Week 3
January 23
Equipment Swap Meet
Car Camp planning meeting with your leaders and group
Lecture Topics: Fitness and Conditioning, Food and Nutrition, Topographic Maps, Backcountry Hygiene
Week 4
January 30
Mountain/Desert Backpack Leader Q & A
Mountain/Desert Backpack overviews by leaders and trip sign‐up
Lecture Topics: Emergency Sheltering and Fire, Leave No Trace & Outdoor Ethics, First Aid, Animal Encounters
Week 5
February 6
Backpack demos
Mountain/Desert Backpack planning meeting with your leaders and group
Lecture Topics: Desert Flora and Fauna, Compass Skills, Water Treatment
Week 6
February 13
Land Navigation Backpack Leader Q & A
Trip Planning Land Navigation Backpack: Overviews by Leaders and Trip Sign‐Up
Lecture Topics: Weather, Land Navigation, Smartphone GPS
Week 7
February 20
Community Organization Night
Land Navigation Backpack planning meeting with your leaders and group
Lecture Topics: Snow Camp Information, Planning Your Own Outing, Environmental Illnesses
Week 8
February 27
Sierra Club Sections Night
Snow Camp Leader Q & A
Snow Camp overviews by leaders, trip sign‐up and planning session
Lecture Topics: Sierra Club Sections, Winter Clothing and Equipment
Week 9
March 6
Make Up Outings Leader Q & A
Snow Camp Logistics and Equipment Check. Be Prepared Bring your Snow Camp Equipment and Clothing.
Make Up Outings overviews by leaders and trip sign‐up.
Lecture Topics: Lighten Your Load
Week 10
March 13
Make Up Outing planning meeting with your leaders and group
Lecture Topics: Bus and Ski Trips, Field Repair Tips and Tricks, Provisioning for Multi‐Day Trips
Final Exam
Last Class Bash

Outings Schedule – 2018

January 13 or 14
Day Hike / Choose Saturday or Sunday
January 27 – 28
Car Camp
February 3 - 4
Alternate Weekend*
February 10 – 11
Mountain/Desert Backpack
February 17 - 18
Alternate Weekend*
February 24 - 25
Land Navigation Backpack
March 3 - 4
Alternate Weekend*
March 9 – 11
Snow Camp
March 17 - 18
Alternate Weekend*
March 24 – 25
Make Up Outings
March 31 – April 1
Make Up Outings
To be announced
Graduation Ceremony and Reunion

*All students are encouraged to participate on the main weekend of an outing. We understand that it may not always be possible and we offer a very limited number of trips on the Alternate Weekend.

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