LONG BEACH — The Sierra Club's annual Wilderness Travel Course will begin Monday, teaching would-be mountaineers about the basics of safe travel on rock, snow and desert terrain.
The 10-week course includes weekly meetings at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Stanford Junior High School in Long Beach for lectures, films, demonstrations and small-group practice sessions. Four field trips are scheduled on weekends to the local mountains, Joshua Tree National Monument and the Sierra Nevada.
Other subjects taught by an all-volunteer staff include navigation with map and compass, mountain safety and rescue, winter camping, mountaineering medicine, food planning, equipment selection and physical conditioning.
The cost is $115 for Sierra Club members or $125 for non-members, plus $15 for a textbook. The fee includes a student handbook, maps, chartered bus transportation to two of the outings, completion certificate and award patch. Other expenses may be incurred for rental or purchase of equipment for the trips.