EVENT: Wilderness Basics Course 2020 - A Life Changing Experience

Posted by Adventure 16 | 10.01.2019

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) in this A16 exclusive presentation.

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!

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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!

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HAPPY HALF-HOUR: 6:30pm; PRESENTATION 7:00 - 8:30pm 
Thursday, October 24:  A16 San Diego Store--FREE!


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