EVENT: Wilderness Basics Course 2019 - A Life Changing Experience

Posted by Adventure 16 | 09.06.2018

women's class

Have you always been interested in exploring San Diego’s backcountry? Come join us to learn more about the Wilderness Basics Course (WBC).
WBC was recently recognized with a Special Achievement Award for its dedication in teaching San Diegans on how to be safe and comfortable in the backcountry while enjoying, exploring and protecting the planet. Since 1967, over 20,000 people have taken the course. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, both courses (North County and San Diego) are 10 weeks in duration. The classes are offered each winter with topics such as navigation, conditioning, equipment, clothing, first aid and incorporated into four weekend trips to the desert, mountains, and snow!

dinner group

This presentation features a 7 minute video and we will give you a deeper overview of what you can expect to learn in the class and more insight into the weekend outings. You’ll have the opportunity to meet some of the people who teach the course and lead the outings, as well as students who have experienced the course. We encourage you to ask us questions to see if this course is right for you!

celebrating on the summit

HAPPY HALF-HOUR: 6:30pm; PRESENTATION 7:00 - 8:30pm 
Wednesday, October 3: A16 Solana Beach Store
Thursday, October 4:  A16 San Diego Store


Presenter - Veronica GiancolaVeronica Giancola
Veronica has over 25 years of backpacking experience. She is a COL II Sierra Club Leader. She is on staff at the Wilderness Basics Course in San Diego, serving as a trip leader, and member of Snow Camp Committee. Veronica leads backpack trips for the Sierra Club Bus Trips, is a member of the City of Vista Emergency Operations Committee and is a Certified Red Cross Instructor specializing in Wilderness First Aid Certified, Standard First Aid, CPR and AED.

Presenter - Stefanie MaioStefanie Maio

Stefanie took WBC in 2007 and has been leading outings with the Sierra Club ever since. She has been on staff with WBC in a variety of capacities including Chairperson in 2016/17. Stefanie enjoys sharing her passion of the outdoors as is currently the Leader Training Coordinator. Prior to living in San Diego, Stefanie lived in Toronto, Canada, where in her spare time she graduated from the Canadian Outdoor Recreation Educator program. There she gained her certification as a High Angle Rescue and Swift Water Rescue Instructor before moving to San Diego where she found her passion for hiking and backpacking. Her favorite place to hike




dave cowanDave Cowan
Dave has been backpacking for more than 20 years. He joined the Sierra Club around 2000 while taking the WBC course. After this he continued to hike with the Sierra Club and became a staff member of the North County Group (NCG) WBC class. He is a Chapter Outing Leader level 2 and enjoys leading WBC outings and getting to see people learning to safely enjoy our local back country. Dave’s other hiking projects include doing section hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail completing sections L & M this past summer.or backpack usually involves waterfalls and/or slot canyons.



Dante LeeDante Lee
Dante took the North County WBC in 2015 to expand his wilderness horizons and has been on the North County staff ever since. He is a Sierra Club Chapter Outings Leader I and leads day hikes throughout San Diego, including Adopt-A-Trail clean-ups at Iron Mountain.

He enjoys long walks up mountain peaks, especially ones that involve catching sunrises while eating breakfast burritos.