Anita Giacone was a very active local Sierra Club leader in the Orange County and Los Angeles chapters in California from 1990-1998 before moving to Philadelphia in 1998. She became a national leader and returns to CA and the west coast to continue sharing her love of hiking and exploring the desert and mountain wilderness. She has assisted in lodge trips to Clair Tappaan, children’s backpacking trips in the Adirondacks, and car camping trips to Cape Cod and the Southwest. Her professional experience as an event planner, teacher, and cultural exchange program coordinator helped her develop the skills to plan rich and educational programs. Her creativity, curiosity, and passion for cultural and spiritual growth result in these components being largely incorporated in her trips. Anita competes in ballroom dance, teaches music, and lives with her dog, Cocoa, in Philadelphia.