Backcountry First Aid


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Backcountry First Aid       ~       Essential Wilderness Medicine Basics


2.5 Hours          10 Student Max          Level: Beginner to Intermediate          Price: $45


This essential course covers the principles and protocols for basic first aid in the wilderness. 

You will learn how to treat the most common injuries & illness associated with backcountry travel and manage the more severe problems that can occur.

Ideal for hikers, backpackers, hunters, off roaders and other outdoor enthusiasts, this course is also great for families, traveling and anyone wanting to be prepared.

This class is designed for those who Do Not need or desire a 2 day course with WFA (Wilderness First Aid) certification. There is no certificate accompanying this class.

Course covers:

  • The Principles of Remote First Aid
  • Scene Survey & Patient Assessment
  • Personal Protective Equipment use
  • Dehydration & Heat Exhaustion
  • Blisters, Burns, Cuts & Scraps
  • Sprains & Strains
  • Pricks, Bites & Stings
  • Overview of CPR and Trauma
  • First Aid Kit Components and pro tips      …and more


  • 1 Pair of surgical or similar gloves
  • 1 ACE Bandage or Gauze Roll Bandage or similar 4 foot length of fabric 3 to 4 inches wide
  • 1 Bandana or similar piece of cloth
  • 1 Pen or Pencil or similar sized Stick (about the thickness of your forefinger)

These items are needed so you can participate fully in exercises during this online zoom class.


PLEASE NOTE: Some information and images in class are graphic and may be disturbing.

This class is designed for those who do not need or desire a 2 day course with WFA (Wilderness First Aid) certification. There is no certificate accompanying this class.


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 a part of the Arizona Hiking Shack family.


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  • CONFIRMATION EMAIL within 48 hrs of booking class will contain information you 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 store.
  • 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 minimum attendance requirement not being met, payment is refunded or applied to another class or event, your choice. Cancelations take place 72 hours prior to class if needed via email. (We’ve only canceled twice in the last 8 years.)
  • 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. (Instructors are available via email and always strive for your satisfaction.)
  • Waivers will need to be signed and returned via email for any 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.


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