Susan Hickman of Distant Lands Travel will discuss river cruise routes and experiences available in 2016.
When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena.
Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220.
Prepare for Half Dome by learning how to navigate the ascension cables and make it to the top.
When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Woodland Hills, 6220 Topanga Canyon Blvd.; Wednesday at the Northridge store, 18605 Devonshire St.; and Thursday at stores in Rancho Cucamonga, 12218 Foothill Blvd., and Arcadia, 214 N. Santa Anita Ave.
Admission, info: Free. Woodland Hills, (818) 703-5300; Northridge, (818) 831-5555; Rancho Cucamonga, (909) 646-8360; and Arcadia, (626) 447-1062.
Learn about skills and equipment hikers and backpackers need to survive an unplanned stay in the wilderness.
When, where: 7 p.m. Thursday at the Adventure 16 store in Tarzana, 5425 Reseda Blvd., and Friday at the West Los Angeles store, 11161 W. Pico Blvd.
Admission, info: Free. Tarzana, (818) 345-4266; West Los Angeles, (310) 473-4574.¿
Carpool from the Coachella Valley to the Salton Sea area to Idyllwild to learn about rock carvings and paintings left behind by native peoples.
When, where: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 21. Meet at Pilot Travel Center, 6605 N. Indian Canyon Drive, North Palm Springs.
Admission, info: $70. Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, (760) 367-5535