The Wilderness Basics Course (WBC), is a great way for local North County San Diego area residents to enjoy the outdoors and learn basic backpacking skills in a welcoming environment. The WBC is an eleven week course that features lectures on a variety of topics to provide you the base knowledge needed to help you on simple day hikes, or to prepare you for a lifetime of future backpacking adventures.
- Learn More: WBC Website
In addition to weekly lectures there are four scheduled weekend outings where you can test your equipment, practice newly learned techniques, and spend time in the outdoors with leaders and fellow students who want you to feel comfortable and have fun.
The course is operated by the North County Group of the Sierra Club, San Diego chapter and runs once per year. Classes begin in January and enrollment opens in the Fall of the previous year. You may sign up through the Escondido Adult School under “Wilderness Basics.”
Everyone who attends all meetings and outings may complete a test at the end of the course to receive a certificate of completion and WBC patch.
For more information please visit the current Wilderness Basics Course North County website, which includes general information, helpful resources, and materials that have been used for previous years’ courses.
WBC on T.V. Fox News
WBC NCG Photo Gallery
Gallery photos by: Allan Fein Photography