Dec 27 | Backpacking 101

Dec 27 | Backpacking 101

Dec 27 | Backpacking 101

Thursday December 17th,  6:00 – 8:00 PM (Arizona Time)

ONLINE ZOOM CLASS     2 Hours     10 Student Max

Level: Beginner

Backpacking Basics – Wilderness travel and camping


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 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!


  • 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

These items are needed for you to participate fully in exercises during this online zoom class.

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

CLASS INCLUDES PDF information packet, access to PowerPoint presentation for future reference & 15% Off supplies coupon for AHS.

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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.
  • 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 – 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 certifications and trainings in; Advanced Wilderness First Aid, CPR, Natural Medicine, Wilderness Survival, Desert Survival, and Outfitting.

His inspiring approach to teaching is renown 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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