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Sierra Talks – Hiking: Survival Essentials

Friday, August 7, 2015, 6:30 PM
Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont Street, San Diego, CA 92103

Hiking: Survival Essentials  So you want to go hiking. GREAT! But are you prepared for the unexpected. Sure, nature is beautiful and unbiased; “tho’ nature, red in tooth and claw…”. What could possibly go wrong? Well, just about anything. How prepared you are when you enter the ‘wild’ lands can be the difference between having an awesome day, being inconvenienced, or perhaps, losing your life. It’s really all about being properly prepared. Whether it’s a local day hike, or a 17 mile cross country desert adventure, you should have the same basic plan each time. After all, most problems develop without much warning. In the back-country, 911, your cell phone, shelter, water and food can all be missing.

In this presentation, Michael Golden will go over the Ten Essentials, how to prepare for a hike (and potential emergencies), and what to do if you find yourself stranded in the wilderness overnight (building an emergency shelter, starting an emergency fire, signaling, etc.).

Michael Golden has been teaching Biology and Environmental Science at Grossmont College for the past 22 years and has been backpacking since the 1960’s.  He has been on staff with the WBC for three years where he also presents the Emergency Shelter and Fire talk. He prefers hikes off of the beaten track  and has had to spend the night twice in the desert unexpectedly.

Location is the Joyce Beers Center at 3900 Vermont St., San Diego, across the street from Trader Joe’s. Additional parking is available under Trader Joe’s and Ralphs Market.


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