Backpacking 101 Class - How to start backpacking

May 16 Backpacking 101

May 16 Backpacking 101

Thursday May 16th,  6:00 – 8:30 PM (Arizona Time)

IN-STORE CLASS     2.5 Hours     10 Student Max

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

How to Start Backpacking with confidence. From planning and packing to tents and food protection and just about everything in-between.  


Class limited to 10 spots to facilitate training and Q & A. If you see "The requested qty is not available" error when purchasing, please reduce you requested quantity or choose another class date.

Availability: In stock

This class covers more than just the fundamentals of backpacking. We cover tips and details that make a difference so you can hit the trail with confidence.

Basic know-how and good planning are the keys to making a backcountry trip safe, fun and successful. Knowing what to expect, what surprises can come up and how to handle them, mitigates risk and lets you focus on the experience & fun! Through live demonstrations, hands-on exercises, Q&A, and detailed graphic visual presentation you will get the practical knowledge that gives you the confidence to get out there!

Ideal for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to take their adventure to the next level, this course is also great for families, travelers and anyone wanting to get out there and stay awhile.


How to plan a trip with ease and on a budget

How to prepare yourself physically and mentally

What gear you need and how to pack and use it (and what you DON’T need)

Planning meals, water and sleeping comfortably

How to go to the “bathroom” (spoiler, there's no room)

Leave No Trace practices

Pro tips & tricks for the trail and camp, compass basics, usefull knots, etc. 

And much more!

CLASS SIZE is kept small (10 attendees) to facilitate questions and individual attention.

CLASS INCLUDES: 10% Off AHS purchases when you create a Shack account you'll be given a 10% Discount for future purchases as part of the Arizona Hiking Shack family.


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You can see gear we recommend for backpacking here



CONFIRMATION EMAIL for your class is automatic after you checkout. THEN, you will receive a  REMINDER EMAIL a day or 2 before class date that will contain all the information you will need about class. IF YOU DO NOT SEE A CONFIRMATION OF PURCHASE EMAIL you may want mark us as a safe sender in you email settings.

ALL AHS CLASSES HAVE A 4-PERSON MINIMUM. If minimum is not met class can be cancelled. We send emails to all registered for class 2 or 3 days before class with options for refunds or transfer to another date or class.

CLASS CUT-OFF for registration sign up is 3 Days (72 hours) prior to class.

IF WE CANCEL class for low attendance, payment is refunded or applied to another class or event, your choice. Cancelations 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.




Jonathan Mincks, WFR – Wilderness Skills & Safety Instructor

Jonathan Mincks is a Wilderness First Responder and instructor of wilderness self-reliance at AHS Rescue & The Arizona Hiking Shack. He teaches modern wilderness survival, outdoor recreation and emergency preparedness. His educational programs have garnered him praise from new enthusiasts and seasoned professionals alike.
Holding multiple certifications and distinctions in industry standards, Mincks is also a boondocks scholar* who has been exploring the backcountry since he was in diapers. His practical approach & experience are only rivaled by his infectious passion, broad knowledge and witty perspective on self-reliance that confounds the important nature of the subject. He turns survival into "serious fun" for those who work or play in the backcountry because, "in the end, it is a positive attitude that will prevail."

Mincks is a go-to consultant on national and regional TV, news and media concerning outdoor recreation and safety. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 20 years on trail crews, as a guide, outfitter, medic, educator, and outreach specialist.

*Boondocks Scholar. adjective
Possessing an outlook of being on a perpetual field trip. A lifelong student of the outdoors. One who continuously studies and practices what it takes to thrive in the backcountry. 

Jonathan Mincks, WFR


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