Sierra Club Wilderness Travel Course (WTC) 2014 - Kaweah Group In Orange County

  • Updated: October 18, 2014
  • Post By: Matthew Hengst

Past the break is a very long quasi-chronological sequence of photos following the 2014 Wilderness Travel Course in Orange County with most being specific to Kaweah Group led this year by myself and James Montross along with a staff of extremely hard working volunteers.

For more information on what WTC is and how to take the course see the official site here.  More posts about it by me can be found here.

This was the 3rd year since we started Kaweah Group which is the third currently in Orange County.

Yutings themes this year were Hippies: Dirty Or Otherwise for Joshua Tree and Beach Party for Snow Camp.  Joshua Tree in particular people really went all out resulting in the first time I had to censor a summit shot followed by a six and a half hour fireside happy hour.  We also had minor injuries on every outing but all were just freak occurrences.  Tripping, twisted ankles, knees turned out of nowhere while putting on a snowshoe.

This was the first of two years where we held the class at Santiago College after having to leave the Red Hill Church location due to them not having space for us.  

We had a fun group who took to the themes and summit shots with enthusiasm

We have less people in this picture due to having to hike some people out

The chair was Dave Evans who would suddenly and tragically pass away not long after the class ended.

Classroom Shots

Preparing the binders before students arrive
Students at registration
WTC Registration Grand Poobah Jim Martens hard at work

MC Jim Montross officially kicking things off
Kaweah breakout classroom
Classroom used by Modjeska one night
Compass introduction
Gear show and tell

Conditioning Hike At Santiago
February 2nd, 2014

Joshua Tree Weekend (Theme: Hippies Dirty Or Otherwise)
February 15th & 16th, 2014

Margarita Bob goes to work

Paul making breakfast for the group Sunday morning

Snow Travel Weekend At Icehouse Canyon
March 2nd, 2014

Before long we reached the snow level

A quick chilly snack at the saddle

On the summit of Bighorn

The entire party back together at the saddle

Walking out someone who turned an ankle up top
Snow Camp At Rock Creek
March 14th to 16th, 2014

Graduation at Indian Cove
October 18th, 2014

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