NC/SC WBC Differences

Which Location? San Diego or North County Chapter?

There are two WBC locations/courses within San Diego County and this website is for the San Diego WBC. Both courses are sections of the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club and are very similar. The major differences between the two courses/organizations are:

Class Location

The San Diego WBC meets in San Diego City, at the Scottish Rite Event Center in Mission Valley, and the North County WBC meets in Escondido at San Pasqual High School.

Class Size

The San Diego WBC is capped at about 250 students,

The North County is capped at 100 students.

Outing Selection

With more students and leaders, the San Diego course typically has 15-20 trips to choose from for each outing weekend, the North County course has 5-8 selections to choose from.

Class 'Feel'

The North County course has a more intimate class size.

With about 250 students the San Diego Course is a great way to meet people.

Outing Weekends

Outings have been coordinated between the courses to take place on alternate weekends to ease demand on equipment and outing locations.

Age Requirements

18+ for San Diego WBC, 14 and in 9th grade for North County with a guardian.


The San Diego Course is a little more expensive due to the 'extras' in the course.


The San Diego course offers online registration with a discount for active Sierra Club members. The North County course also has online registration through the Escondido Adult School.


Unfortunately due to the class dates you have to pick one course or the other. The courses are separate and you cannot switch class sessions or outings between the two courses to make up for anything you missed.

If the North County Course is more convenient for you, you can find their information at:

Have Questions?

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18 Years of Age

Persons 18 years of age and older are eligible to take this course.

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