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Films & programs: Get an insider's look at the Antarctic Peninsula

Carl Werts to share pics and stories about his Antarctic Peninsula excursion at Pasadena's Distant Lands



Carl Werts will show photos and discuss his recent expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer to the Antarctic Peninsula.

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.

Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.



Experts will discuss all you need to know to complete a multi-day trans-Sierra backpacking trek to Mt. Whitney.

When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St., and Thursday at the Santa Monica store, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. (818) 831-5555 for Northridge; (310) 458-4370 for Santa Monica.



Guide Kurt Wedberg will offer tips for hiking Mt. Whitney, including gear and trip planning, and show detailed slides of various approaches.

When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Adventure 16 store in Tarzana, 5425 Reseda Blvd., and Friday at the Los Angeles store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd.

Admission, info: Free. (818) 345-4266 for Tarzana; (310) 473-4574 for Los Angeles



This two-day class, based at Lost Horse Campground, will consist of focused writing exercises, discussions, reading and short walks.

When, where: 9 a.m. Saturday-4 p.m. April 5.

Admission, info: $60. (760) 367-5535. Meet at Joshua Tree Visitor Center, 6554 Park Blvd. Camping suggested; no previous writing experience necessary.

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