2023 Santa Barbara-Ventura  Wilderness Basics Course

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2023 Santa Barbara-Ventura Wilderness Basics Course

The Santa Barbara-Ventura Chapter of the Sierra Club is offering training for people who want to learn basics of hiking and backpacking.

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St Paul's Episcopal Church 3290 Loma Vista Road Ventura, CA 93003

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The Wilderness Basics Course will provide you the skills and knowledge to confidently go hiking and backpacking. You will work with a dedicated volunteer staff and meet new friends interested in the outdoors. This course is being presented by the Santa Barbara-Ventura Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Eight classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-9:30 p.m., from February 15, 2023 through April 5, 2023. All classes are held at the Saint Paul's Episcopal Church (Kahler Hall), Ventura CA 93003. The class lectures will demonstrate backpacking equipment, wilderness ethics, wilderness first aid & safety, weather, water filtration, cooking, map & compass instruction, backcountry clothing, and many other topics. Students will gain experience by participating in several outings including day hikes, a car camp, and backpacking trips in our local mountains.  All outings offer students a choice of difficulties ranging from low-moderate too strenuous with several trip options.

Class outings are scheduled on weekends for the following dates in 2023.

  • February 18: Conditioning hike
  • March 4-5: Car Camp (overnight)
  • March 18-19: Backpack Trip 1 (overnight)
  • April 1-2: Backpack Trip 2 (overnight)

There are COVID associated safety requirements and policies that student will be agreeing to follow and abide by upon registration for the class; 1) Face masks covering, over both mouth and nose, will be required at all times indoors (specifically during class at the Saint Paul's Episcopal Church). Note class lecturers will be unmasked and socially distanced while presenting. 2) There is not a vaccination or COVID testing requirement associated with course participation. You will likely be on outings with individuals who are vaccinated and unvaccinated. 3) The WBC requires all participants (students and staff) not to come to class or outings if they are sick or experiencing any possible COVID symptoms.

The WBC COVID policies are set in conjunction with the National Sierra Club. The National Sierra Club COVID policy is scheduled to be reviewed for possible changes on January 31, 2023. The WBC course COVID policy may be amended to reflect changes to the National Sierra Club COVID policy (this could include removal of the indoor mast requirement). Please read the full detailed COVID Safety Policy at our website before signing up for the course. (https://lospadreswbc.org/covid-policy/). All students and staff will be required to adhere to this safety plan. Persons 18 years of age and older, and in reasonable health are eligible to take the course. Teenagers 13-17 may take the course if they enroll with their parent or guardian and go on the outings together.

Early Bird Registration Prices last through January 31.  Sign up now! Discounts are available for Sierra Club members (Sierra Club member number required - link to become a Sierra Club member prior to WBC registration is provided below), and for students (student ID required).  Couples enrollment options can be applied to any two people signing up together for additional savings.  Please note that a service fee applies for each electronic purchase. Students are expected to provide and use their own equipment for outings (backpacks, hiking footwear, tents, etc.), though WBC does have some equipment for loan in limited supply. For questions, e-mail: sb.ventura.wbc@gmail.com

Sierra Club Membership link:  https://act.sierraclub.org/donate/rc_connect__campaign_designform?id=70131000001LWbDAAW

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