Backpacking 101 Class

July 8 | BP 101 - In-Store

Backpacking Class

June 17 | BP101 - In-Store

July 8 | BP 101 - In-Store

Thursday July 8th,  6:00 – 8:00 PM (Arizona Time)

ONLINE ZOOM CLASS     2 Hours     9 Student Max

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

How to Start Backpacking. 


Class limited to 9 spots. 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 online Zoom class covers all the fundamentals so you can hit the trail with confidence and experience the proven physical and mental health benefits of being out in nature.

Basic know-how and good planning are the keys to making a backcountry trip safe and successful. Knowing what to expect, what surprises can happen and how to handle them mitigates risk and lets you focus on the fun!

Through live demonstrations, hands-on exercises, Q&A, and detailed graphic PowerPoint presentation you will get the practical knowledge that gives you confidence!

Ideal for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, this course is also great for families, travel 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”
  • Leave No Trace practices
  • Pro tips & tricks for the trail and camp
  • Needs and awareness for Safety
  • And much more!

To follow along with some demos you may want to have these items on hand:

  • 1 Piece of cord about 5 feet long. Like Para cord or a shoelace.
  • 1 Coin or small smooth object, Like a quarter, rock, mini Bic lighter or Lego piece.
  • 1 Bandana or Small Hank of Cloth – Even a T-Shirt works
  • Cup or glass, preferably plastic and large


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

CLASS INCLUDES: 15% Off one-time coupon for an AHS purchase and when you create a Shack account you'll be given a 10% Discount for all future purchases as part of the Arizona Hiking Shack family.

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  • CONFIRMATION EMAIL within 48 hrs of booking class will contain information you will need. Some classes require a list of items you will want to have ready at class time to participate in exercises. We’ve kept these simple. You probably have everything needed in your house. If not, these are easily attainable at a market or drug.
  • ALL AHS CLASSES HAVE A 4-PERSON MINIMUM. If minimum is not met class can be cancelled.
  • 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.
  • A waiver will need to be signed and returned via email for this class.



Jonathan Mincks – Wilderness Skills & Safety Instructor

Mincks is a boondocks scholar 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; Advanced Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Natural Medicine, Wilderness Survival, Desert Survival, and Outfitting.

Members of the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association Search and Rescue team have called his classes “PSAR” – Preventative Search and Rescue.

His inspiring approach to teaching is renowned for being practical, thorough, and current.  His attention to detail has garnered him acclaim from new enthusiasts to seasoned professionals alike.


Class Photo By:

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