Backpacking 101


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Backpacking 101       ~      Wilderness travel and camping


2 Hours          10 Student Max          Level: Beginner          Price: $20


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!

Through instructionals, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, Q&A, and detailed graphic PowerPoint, you get the practical knowledge needed for fun, safe backpacking.

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 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 safe practices during the pandemic if in-store. Masks are required in-store.

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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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, Paddling Specialist and Outfitting.

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


"What you teach is PSAR, Preventative Search and Rescue"

Members of the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) Search and Rescue team after watching Mincks in action.