Wilderness Survival Class for outdoor emergencies

April 25 Wilderness Survival

April 25 Wilderness Survival

Thursday April 25th, 6:00pm to 9:00pm (Arizona Time)

IN-STORE CLASS     3 Hours 9:00pm     15 Student Max (small class size for individual attention)

Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Self-reliance basics. Preparing for Unexpected Outdoor Emergencies


Class limited to 15 spots to facilitate individual attention 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

How to prepare for, avoid and survive emergencies in a wilderness setting with minimal resources is essential knowledge for any outdoor enthusiast.

This course covers established survival principles and protocols for managing emergencies in any remote environment with an emphasis on Southwest Desert hazards. From preperation and planning to shelter, water and animal encounters, this class covers a wide range of information. Using the internationally recognized principles of survival as well as current study and decades of experience in the field, This is the self-reliance know-how that will help you when things go bad. Anyone playing or working in the outdoors should have these in their mental tool box.  

Through live demonstrations, hands-on exercises, Q&A, and detailed PowerPoint presentation you will get the practical knowledge that can keep you alive!

Course covers internationally recognized protocols for:

  • The Principles of Survival, PMA (Positive Mental Attitude)
  • Situational Awareness & Positive Response
  • The needs; Water, Shelter, Fire, First Aid, Food, Sleep
  • Basics of Navigation with and without a map & compass, "lost-proofing yourself"
  • Extreme Weather & Environments
  • Animals, critters, & creepy crawlies  
  • Trail hazards, protection and simple safety stratagies
  • Tips, tricks, hacks and how-to's that seasoned outdoorsmen & woman take for granted
  • How to help Rescuers help you
  • And more

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


                                           "You teach PSAR. Preventative Search and Rescue. This is great!"       

                                                                                              Mike England, Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association SAR team member



CLASS SIZE is kept small (15 attendees) to facilitate questions and individual attention.

CLASS INCLUDES: A 10% Discount for all future purchases as a part of the Arizona Hiking Shack/AHS Rescue club program.




CONFIRMATION & REMINDER 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 may be cancelled. We send reminder emails to all registered for class 1 or 3 days before class with options for refunds or transfer to another date or class.

IF WE CANCEL class for low attendance, (It doesn't happen often, but can...) 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 may request a transfer to another class date or a full refund. Any cancellations by attendees LESS than 72 hours prior to class cannot be refunded but can be applied to the next available class.

IF YOU ARE SICK OR FEELING ILL on the class date, please email your instructor and we will honor your registration on another class date.




You can see class recommended gear here




Jonathan Mincks, WFR – Wilderness Skills & Safety

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 skills 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, (e.g., Wilderness First Responder, Community Emergency Response Team training, Outfitting, Survival, Desert Survival, etc...), 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, Wilderness Skills & Safety Instructor 


"Practical, thorough & Fun." 

Susan, a seasonal guide for almost 20 years






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