Events & Seminars
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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.
Wednesday, April 3rd; 6-7pm
Saturday, May 4th; 3-4pm
Essentials for Hiking in the Desert
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.
Saturday, April 13th; 3-4pm
Wednesday, May 15th; 6-7pm
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.
Saturday, April 6th: 3-4pm
Wednesday, May 1st; 6-7pm
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.
Thursday, April 11th; 6-7pm
Wednesday, May 22nd; 6-7pm
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.
Thursday, May 30th; 6-7pm
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!
Sunday, May 26th; 3-4pm
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.
No dates currently scheduled – but if you ask nice!
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.
No dates currently scheduled – but if you ask nice!
Backpacking 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.
No dates currently scheduled – but there will be!
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.
Wednesday, April 10th; 6-7pm
Saturday, April 27th; 3-4pm
Wednesday, May 8th; 6-7pm
Saturday, May 18th; 3-4pm
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.
Tuesday, April 16th; 6-7pm
Thursday, May 9th; 6-7pm
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!
Wednesday, April 24th; 6-7pm
Thursday, May 16th; 6-7pm
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, April 17th; 6-7pm
Tuesday, April 23rd; 6-7pm
Saturday, May 11th; 3-4pm
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.
Tuesday, May 21st; 6-7pm
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.
Thursday, May 23rd; 6-7pm
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.
No dates currently scheduled – but if you ask nice!
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!
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