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ATTENTION: We have cancelled all our seminars through April 30th.  We will keep you informed here if this changes.

We love to share the knowledge we have gained from not only years of hiking, backpacking and training, but also leading thousands of people in the backcountry all over Arizona (including Grand Canyon and Havasupai) and places like Yosemite and Olympic National Parks. We add new seminars all the time, so keep checking back if you don’t see one that floats your boat.

Preparing to Hike Rim to Rim in a Day

Cooler temperatures mean it is time for some desert backpacking! And what better place than to backpack in the Superstition Wilderness? At this seminar, we will share with you our favorite backpacking routes in the Superstition Wilderness, from 1 night to multiple nights in the backcountry. We will also share where the best places to find water and hikes for different time of the year. You might learn of some places you didn’t know exist. Or, if you are a huge Supes hiker, please join us and share some of your favorite routes with us! And if you have never been, even as a day hike, we will discuss a few day hike options as well.

Thursday, March 12th; 6-7:30 pm
Saturday, March 28th; 3-4:30 pm
Wednesday, April 8th; 6-7:30 pm
Sunday, April 26th; 3-4:30 pm

Hiking the Superstitions

Late Fall through Spring is perfect for desert hiking and backpacking! And what better place than to backpack in the Superstition Wilderness? At this seminar, we will share with you our favorite backpacking routes in the Superstition Wilderness, from 1 night to multiple nights in the backcountry. We will also share where the best places to find water and hikes for different time of the year. You might learn of some places you didn’t know exist. Or, if you are a huge Supes hiker, please join us and share some of your favorite routes with us! And if you have never been, even as a day hike, we will discuss a few day hike options as well.

Wednesday, March  18th; 6-7 pm

Easy to Moderate Phoenix Day Hikes

Looking for hikes in the Phoenix area that don’t require steep mountain trails to enjoy? This event will show you hike options in the area that aren’t as physically demanding as the popular Camelback or Piestewa Peak. The hikes covered are great choices if you are looking to get into hiking as an activity or if you are looking for a change of pace from the usual hikes in the area. The hikes discussed at this seminar are also excellent for families looking to get on the trail together. We’ll cover the number of miles hiked, elevation changes and points of interest for each hike.

Wednesday, March 11th; 6-7 pm

Essentials for Desert Hiking

Desert hiking season is upon us – yeah! That means we will be heading out to the desert for some hiking – Superstitions, Sonoran Preserve, Tucson area, Saguaro NP, etc. So to get you prepared (or as a refresher) we will discuss the 10 essential pieces of gear you need for any desert hiking or backpacking trip (plus a few honorable mentions). Plus, we will talk about those items that you may think you need, but really don’t so you can leave those behind and save a little space and weight.

This class is free.

Tuesday, March 3rd; 6-7 pm @ Fountain Hills Community Center

Stuff It! What's In Your Pack

Getting ready for your first – or next, backpacking trip? Well, don’t go in with too much, or too little stuff! We will spend an hour discussing what you should bring on your trip and how to pack it. You are more that welcome to bring some things to get our thoughts as to whether or not you need it – but we don’t want to see your drawers, so leave those at home! We will also discuss sizing your pack and the proper way to carry it.

Saturday, March 21st; 3-4 pm

How to Get a Grand Canyon Permit & Other Info

It’s almost time to get the ever coveted Grand Canyon permits (especially Rim to Rim) for June (February 1st is the deadline) and it doesn’t hurt to start planning now because it’s a pain in the butt. Learn all the tricks of the trade from people that know the convoluted Grand Canyon permit system. Since Just Roughin’ It spent 12 years navigating the system, we understand the challenges of getting a permit. We will also discuss some other planning tips like logistics for a Rim to Rim, alternatives to the main trails, off-season tips, what to expect when on your trip.

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

How to Find Water in the Desert

You have a map to hike in the Superstition Wilderness and there are all these blue lines on it indicating water, but you head out and there is none to be found. This seminar is about how to find water in the desert via maps, topography, geology and other resources. We will also touch on the “what if” you cannot find any and what to do – besides drinking your pee.

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Backcountry Hacks - Be a Wilderness MacGyver

Whether you’re backpacking down the Grand Canyon or braving the cold in Yosemite, some of these backpacking hacks can help make your trip easier – or at the very least, impress some of your friends with your ingenuity! So channel your inner MacGyver and join us. Maybe you have a couple to share as well.

We will highlight the best backpacking hacks for your next outdoor adventure, from how to keep a sleeping bag warm to using Fritos (or tampons) as fire starters. Some other key takeaways include:

How to gauge the remaining amount of sunlight
Utilizing Crayola crayons as candles
Why you should carry sage during your adventure
And more!

This is a free event!

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Backcountry Tips for Women

This seminar is for the girls! We are here to answer the questions all the ladies going into the backcountry have – including but not limited to hygiene, roughing’ it in style, safety, peeing in the woods, etc. You bring your questions and concerns and we will help you find solutions to all the girly problems – there is no shame here! We will even tell you the story about the picture you see above. Speaking of which – no creepy people looking for pictures of women peeing in the woods. This is not for you and you WILL be banned from all future seminars and all of the outdoors.

This event is free!

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Hikes in Flagstaff & Northern AZ

In this seminar, we will be talking about our favorite hikes in the Flagstaff and Northern Arizona region where the temperatures are cooler in the Summer and you can hike all day if you’d like. Many of these hikes feature great views and there are hikes for all ability levels covered in this seminar.

This talk will not have any hikes in the Grand Canyon, Sedona and White Mountains. We have other fun talks about about great hikes for those destinations.

Free Event!

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Tips for Getting the Kids Outside!

Details coming soon!

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Intro to Camping

Camping is a fun activity for all ages and Arizona is a great state to enjoy camping with many state campgrounds, national forests and state trust lands to choose from. This seminar goes over the basics of getting set up for your first camping trip. Topics covered include trip preparation, the necessary gear to bring, and fun/luxury things to bring that can elevate your camping experience.

This event is free!

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Our Favorite Places to Camp

Arizona is one of the best states in the nation to get outdoors and spend quality time close to nature. About 55 percent of Arizona is public land so there is plenty of wide open space to camp and many options available that range from desert to pine forests.

During this talk we will share some of our favorite places to camp in the state with a focus on car camping vs backpacking. (Driving to versus hiking to your campsite.) This seminar is great for all levels of campers from the first time camper to the more experienced and family groups.

This event is free!

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Preparing For Your Havauspai Hike

Congratulations! You were able to secure an ever coveted Havasupai camping reservation – but now what? If you have never been to Havasupai nor backpacked in the desert (nor ever backpacked) before, this is the seminar for you! Even if you have been to Havasupai before, but it has been several years, you might want to get some tips on what to expect. A lot has changed in the area due to flooding, controversy and social media – not to mention you are hiking through a village of 450 residents that call this beautiful area home – so it can’t hurt to get some tips on making this a memorable trip, while showing the utmost respect for the area.

Sunday, February 23rd; 3-4:30 pm
Wednesday, March 4th; 6-7:30 pm
Sunday, March 15th; 3-4:30pm
Wednesday, April 1st; 6-7:30pm
Sarturday, April 18th; 3-4:30pm

Our Favorite Sedona Hikes

Sedona is one of the most scenic places in Arizona to hike and it is also one of the best with over 200 trails to choose from. With so many choices, it can be tough to pick a great hike that isn’t already overwhelmed by looky loos. This seminar will introduce you to some of our favorite hikes in the Sedona area, with a focus on the trails that you will see fewer people – no guarantees. There will be trail options in this seminar for all levels of hikers.

This is a free seminar.

Wednesday, February 26th; 6-7 pm
Thursday, March 26th; 6-7 pm

Best Hikes in Phoenix That Are NOT Camelback

Tis the season for hiking in the Phoenix area! But that means EVERYONE is hiking in the Phoenix area, i.e. Camelback. This seminar is about our favorite hikes that are not Camelback (and probably Piestewa Peak). We will discuss all the other hikes that have an elevation change of 1,000ft or more. If you are looking for info on some easier options, stay tuned – we will be adding that seminar as well.

Wednesday, March 25th; 6-7 pm

Canyons in Arizona that are NOT Grand Canyon

Yes, Arizona is “the Grand Canyon state”. But that does not mean that Grand Canyon is Arizona. Arizona is loaded with canyon of all lengths and sizes – many of which provide ample hiking and backpacking opportunities and have their own qualities that even Grand Canyon cannot claim. We will discuss these canyons some highlights when you are exploring them.

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Basic Survival Skills with Bluebird Crossman

Would you be able to survive in the wilderness in the event of an emergency? Some fundamental techniques and information, as well as the right items in your pack, can make survival possible. This seminar will cover these fundamentals and prepare you for handling the unexpected in the wilderness.

Topics covered in the class are wilderness safety planning, trip preparation, essential pack items and dealing with a survival situation including basics on shelter, fire, water, and signals.

Our very special guest presenter for this seminar is survival and primitive skills expert Bluebird Crossman. Over the past 35 years, he has studied how our primitive ancestors survived in the harsh desert environment and has taught these skills to students, of all ages, throughout Arizona. Bluebird was the survival consultant for the Discovery Channel’s Dual Survival: Arizona program and is the founder of Bluebird’s School of Ancient Skills. In addition, Bluebird is also an historian, practical archeologist, wilderness guide, and meditation instructor.

This is a free seminar.

Bring something to write on and with, you will definitely want to take notes.

Saturday, March 14th; 3-4 pm

Hiking with Dogs

Hiking with our four legged friends is a lot of fun but there are things we need to do to make sure the hike is as much fun for them as it is for us. This seminar will cover the best practices for hiking with your dog, such as etiquette, feces disposal, wildlife encounters, safety, hiking in the heat and some good places to hike and camp with your dog (and how to make sure they remain good places to hike with your dog). We will also show some great dog products for the outdoors.

This is a free event and even though this is an event about hiking with our canine friends, we request that they not attend as the store is not equipped to have many dogs in the space at one time. Thanks for understanding.

There will be no handouts – saving paper kind of thing, so bring something to write on and with you want to take notes.

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Exercises for the Hiker

You love to hike and hiking is great exercise. However, cross training and doing other types of exercises will make your hikes more enjoyable and take less effort. Plus, a proper workout will allow you to go longer, higher (or deeper) and help prevent injuries.

Join us for an hour long workout where we will show you some must do exercises, how to do them properly and you will get to exercise with us so come prepared to workout! That means proper footwear and apparel.

This class will be taught by a 20 year veteran of the fitness industry and adjunct professor of Exercise Science at Mesa Community College. Be prepared to learn and be taught proper technique:)

This is a free event and will be held outside – rain or shine.

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Let's Learn Some First Aid!

Let’s learn some essential backcountry (and front country) first aid skills! We have already put in the time to learn this stuff and we want to share some knowledge so you have some skills in the event of an emergency – whether for yourself, a friend or a perfect stranger needing a helping hand. We will show you how to prevent and treat blisters, make a splint and treat some other common hiking ailments! While this is a not a certification class, it will be taught by a certified Wilderness First Responder.

It is best to RSVP so we know how many people will be here. Some of this will be hands on! Please bring with you your day pack and what you would normally have with you on an extended day hike or backpacking trip.

There is a $5.00 fee for the class to be paid upon arrival. Cash preferred.

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Grand Canyon Geology

Some of you have expressed interest in learning a thing or two about how the Grand Canyon was formed and some stuff about the rocks in the canyon. Or maybe you all were just humoring our geek outs. Either way, we will spend an hour discussing how the canyon was formed – using highly sophisticated props like Oreo Cookies. We will also discuss the rock layers and how knowing the geology of the canyon helps in navigating this giant hole in the ground.

Thursday, December 19th; 6-7pm

Tips for Staying Warm on Your Camping Trip

You asked, we answered! How do I stay warm at night on my camping/backpacking trip? This hour seminar will give you tips to stay warm for various scenarios – when you have to keep your gear light on a backpacking trip, when you cannot have a campfire, when temperatures drop below expected, snow, and when you aren’t expecting to be out overnight. While it is not too cold out in the Phoenix area yet, Fall is approaching and our nighttime temperatures will be dropping in the outskirts of the city sooner than we think.

This is a free event – yeah!

There will be no handouts – saving paper kind of thing, so bring something to write on and with if you want to take notes.

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

How NOT to Get Lost: Map Reading Basics

With GPS devices and the number of navigation apps available, it seems that getting lost shouldn’t happen, but it still does. Power can run out or even worse, the unit or phone breaks. Then what do you do? This is where basic map and compass reading skills are invaluable. This seminar is geared towards taking the mystery out of reading a map and navigating while in the backcountry without the aid of electronics. The seminar will cover the basics of reading topographic maps, rudimentary compass navigation and simple tips to help you navigate confidently. It is good to have a map and compass to refer to during the class.

This is a free seminar.

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Intro to Backpacking

Have you thought about spending time camping in the wilderness but don’t know how to get started? If so, this seminar is a great place to start. This class is an overview of overnight backpacking and the things to consider before spending a night in the wilderness. It isn’t as mysterious or difficult as many believe and the seminar will help simplify the process. Topics covered will include the items you need to bring for overnight camping as well as route suggestions for easy overnight trips for first time backpackers.

This is a free event.

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

 

Trails in Grand Canyon that are NOT Touristy

Tis the season for hiking in the Phoenix area! Some of you requested a seminar about hikes in Grand Canyon that are NOT Rim to Rim (or on what are called the Corridor Trails). Here it is so you all better show up:) We will discuss some of the best trails for day hiking and backpacking that are more off-the-beaten-path so you will see fewer people and have some added challenges to the trip as well. We will also discuss what to expect as far as challenges, season and permitting to help you pick the right trail for you.

Saturday, February 29th; 3-4 pm

Preventing & Treating Heat Illnesses

The warmer months shouldn’t keep you from enjoying the great outdoors. But you do need to be safe and know how to detect and prevent heat illnesses. We will discuss signs, symptoms and treatment. BTW – just because you live in Phoenix, doesn’t mean you understand how to manage the heat. Going from air conditioned office to air conditioned car does not mean you are ready to hike in 90+ degree temperatures. If you are planning a hike in Grand Canyon or Havasupai, this is a seminar just for you cuz it’s HOT there too!

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

Hikes to Escape the Heat

With temperatures in the Valley of the Sun reaching 100, it is difficult to hike except for a few hours after dawn. This seminar offers great alternatives that escape the heat of the Phoenix area. We will be talking about our favorite hikes in the higher elevations of Arizona where the temperatures are cooler in the Summer and you can hike all day if you’d like.

Free event!

No dates currently scheduled – but there will be soon!

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8658 E Shea Blvd., Ste 175

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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