Backpacking in the Sierra

Have you ever wanted to take an extended trip to the Sierra, but weren't sure what to bring or where to go? This class will teach you what to bring, how to prepare and the best places to visit for your interests. This course is all about fun and will be capped off by a 3-day weekend in the Sierra to let you apply what you learned. Although designed for the inexperienced, those with moderate experience have commented that the course was valuable and fun.

Review from Backpacking student: "This class is awesome! If backpacking into the Sierra is on your bucket list, do this. Dr. Lionvale is all about minimal and borrowing supplies. I bought a spork and a headlamp and borrowed, or shared, everything else. Also, you are under the most capable tutelage with Dr. Lionvale. The array of students was yet another asset! This is not just a class, it is an experience."

Note: Youth ages 10-17 are welcome to take the class, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Click here to see a video of the 2011 backpacking trip!
This is a not-for-credit course.
As such, you will not earn units and the class will not be reflected on your banner schedule or on transcripts. As a not-for-credit course, Financial Aid cannot be used to pay for or offset the costs of this course.


Dates & Time:
September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018
7:00-9:00 pm
Trip: October 5-7, 2018
$100 plus supplies needed for weekend trip (camping gear, food & park admission)
Dr. Tom Lionvale
COS Visalia Campus
915 S. Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, Ca 93277
San Juaquin Building, Room 1
Registration for Class:
Click here to register for this class.​
Click here for the Training Resource Center student cancellation and refund policy.
Please contact us at 559.688.3130 or
Last Updated: 7/12/2018 1:53 PM