Matthew Karanian will showcase both modern and ancient Armenia in this presentation about creating the country's first commercial travel guide, "Armenia and Karabakh: The Stone Garden Guide." Illustrated with images that he and co-author Robert Kurkjian photographed during their research.
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.
Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.
Whitney expert Kurt Wedberg will offer tips for gear and trip planning and show detailed slides of various approaches to the mountain.
When, where: 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Adventure 16 store in Tarzana, 5425 Reseda Blvd., and Friday at its Los Angeles store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd.
Admission, info: Free. (818) 345-4266 for Tarzana; (310) 473-4574 for Los Angeles.
A moderate 81/2 -mile hike on the Lost Horse Loop will take participants to the Optimist Mine and its camp ruins.
When, where: 8 a.m. April 7 at the Joshua Tree Visitor Center.
Admission, info: $60, (760) 367-5535
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