Backpacking Class

Dec 8 | Backpacking 101 In-Store

Dec 8 | Backpacking 101 In-Store

Wednesday December 8th,  6:00 – 8:00 PM (Arizona Time)

IN-STORE CLASS     2 Hours     9 Student Max

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

How to Start Backpacking with confidence. 


Class has limited spots. If you see "The requested qty is not available" error when purchasing, please reduce your requested quantity or choose another class date.

Availability: In stock

This class covers the fundamentals of backpacking so you can hit the trail with confidence. It simplifies the process so you can focus on the fun!

Basic know-how and good planning are keys to making a backcountry trip safe and successful. You will learn what to expect, what surprises can happen and how to handle them when they do.

Through instructionals, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, Q&A, and detailed graphic PowerPoint, will give you the practical knowledge needed for self-reliance.

Ideal for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, this course is also great for families, travellers and anyone wanting to get out there and stay awhile.



  • How to plan a trip with ease and on a budget
  • Preparing yourself physically and mentally
  • What gear you need and how to pack and use it. From bear bags to knots for guy lines.
  • Planning meals, water and sleeping comfortably
  • How to go to the “bathroom”. (Spoiler, there is no "room".)
  • Leave No Trace practices
  • Pro tips & tricks for the trail and camp
  • Needs and awareness for Safety
  • And much more!


Start your adventure with the knowledge to make it easy.


CLASS SIZE: is kept small (9 attendees) to facilitate questions, individual attention and distancing. Masks are appreciated if you are not vacinated during this Pandemic.

CLASS INCLUDES: 10% discount for all AHS purchases when you create a Shack account as part of the Arizona Hiking Shack family.

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  • CONFIRMATION EMAIL is usually sent within 48-72 hrs of the booking class and will contain the information you will need. 


  • ALL AHS CLASSES HAVE A 4-PERSON MINIMUM. If minimum is not met, class can be cancelled.


  • IF WE CANCEL class for low attendance, payment is refunded or applied to another class or event...your choice. Cancellations take place 72 hours prior to class, if needed, via email.


  • IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL PRIOR to 72 hours before class, you will receive a full refund. Any cancellations by attendees LESS than 72 hours prior to class cannot be refunded but can be applied to another class.


  • A WAIVER will need to be signed and returned via email for this class.



Jonathan Mincks – Wilderness Skills & Safety Instructor

Mincks is a Wilderness First Responder and Survival Specialist who has been exploring the backcountry since in diapers. His life-long study and engagement in wilderness skills and emergency response has earned him multiple credentials in; WFR, Natural Medicine, Wilderness Survival, Desert Survival, Outdoor Education and Outfitting.

His fun approach to self-reliance education is renowned for being thorough, up to date  and inspiring.  His attention to detail and practical "hacks" has won him acclaim from new enthusiasts and seasoned professionals alike.

         "You teach PSAR. Preventative Search and Rescue. It's great!"

                                  Members of the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association SAR Team.





Class Photo By:

Creator: Bryant Baker 
Copyright: Bryant Baker (CC BY-NC 4.0)


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