What we're about

This group is for anyone that likes, loves or is infatuated with getting outside and doing stuff. Our meet up is geared to teach you a thing or two about the outdoors through outdoor oriented seminars and other fun little events. Let's just say, if it's outdoorsy, we will probably be wanting to educate you about it.

We had been a commercial guide service for 12 years (since 2006), with experience in guiding backpacking and hiking trips in Arizona and California - not to mention one of us is an AZ native - we tell you this because somehow there still are not many of us - that's what we keep hearing anyway! We want to be your source for information and a means to network with like minded individuals that want to learn a thing or two and get out - whether hiking for a couple hours or backpacking the PCT!

We are a locally owned outdoor gear store in Scottsdale. While we are a commercial business that would love for you to shop for your outdoor gear needs from us or another local company and not online, or a chain, you are not obligated to do so. But, you should feel utter shame for using us for your info and then shopping Amazon. That'll just result in us not being around for information, and Amazon ain't gonna give it to you:)

We are sharing with you information from years of outdoor experience, leading 1000s of people on backpacking and hiking trips all over Arizona, Yosemite and Olympic. Information we share does belong to Just Roughin' It and we ask that any information we disseminate is never shared. We have put a lot of time and effort into our seminars so please do not expect us to provide you this information other than at these seminars. We don't want to be jerks about it.

While we do not always put a cap on our attendance, we do set up our seminars with an anticipated number of people.

Therefore, we do have some RSVP rules

Honor your RSVP. We get it - things come up but changing your RSVP last minute does none of us any good - especially if you do it all the time! Please cancel no less than 48 hours in advance of the event.
If you really are not planning on attending, don't RSVP at all. We have guest speakers and it is better for us to have a more accurate count even a week or so in advance. If you RSVP for everything with every intention to NOT show up, we are providing false expectations for our guest speakers. And honestly, it gets a bit annoying seeing the same people RVSPed knowing they are just going to cancel anyway.

Excessive "no shows" or last minute cancellations may get you kicked out of the MeetUp.

And finally, any information we provide is simply that. We are not liable for anyone getting injured, lost, maimed, or dead. You are responsible for researching further, understanding your limitations, mapping out routes, carrying proper equipment, hiking within your level, knowing the weather, climate and terrain, etc. In other words, if we tell you a couple cool hikes you should try, you are responsible for getting a map and book, GPS coordinates, apps and whatever else you need to make sure you have ALL the details.

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Basic Survival Skills with Bluebird Crossman

Just Roughin' It Adventure Company

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.

Are masks required? Because we have a small space and maintaining social distance will be difficult, we require all participants to properly wear a mask during the course of the seminar. We do not require (but encourage) masks while shopping. Additionally, the presenter may not be wearing a mask. Please use this information to best inform your decision as to whether or not you wish to attend. If you choose to not attend, please cancel at least 24 hours in advance. Thanks!

10 Essentials for Desert Hiking

Just Roughin' It Adventure Company

Let's get you prepared for some desert hiking! Maybe you are new to the area or have been hiking this season and you found that maybe you could've have used a few extra items in your pack. 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.

COVID-19 Protocol: Masks are required to be worn at all times during this seminar (no chin diapers). We are also restricting the number of people to 10. In order for us to do less parenting, we will be allowing people in on a first-come-first-served basis. Once 10 people have arrived and signed in, class will be full. Social distancing will also be required. We will likely hold this class outside, which may allow us more than 10 people.

This class is free.

Are masks required? Because we have a small space and maintaining social distance will be difficult, we require all participants to properly wear a mask during the course of the seminar. We do not require (but encourage) masks while shopping. Additionally, the presenter may not be wearing a mask. Please use this information to best inform your decision as to whether or not you wish to attend. If you choose to not attend, please cancel at least 24 hours in advance. Thanks!

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

Hungry on the Trail? Nutrition Tips for Hikers

Just Roughin' It Adventure Company

Let's learn how what you eat affects your performance! Debbie Hendricks has almost 20 years experience in the fitness industry, training athletes and weekend warriors alike and currently teaches Exercise Science at Mesa Community College. Anyway, she is going to discuss how to make the best choices for your active lifestyle to make sure you are at your best - especially when out in the backcountry because when you are not properly fueled, you are not in a place for an easy rescue. In other words, "hitting the wall" in the middle of nowhere is not ideal. We will get sciencey about how carbs, protein and fats work, what is best for your outing and what is best for recovery. But we don't like to just tell you what. We are all about the WHY.

This is not a seminar about diets, what exactly to eat, etc. This is about the basics of food and how it affects performance.

Are masks required? Because we have a small space and maintaining social distance will be difficult, we require all participants to properly wear a mask during the course of the seminar. We do not require (but encourage) masks while shopping. Additionally, the presenter may not be wearing a mask. Please use this information to best inform your decision as to whether or not you wish to attend. If you choose to not attend, please cancel at least 24 hours in advance. Thanks!

This is a free seminar and we promise it will be way more exciting than is sounds because science is fun!

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

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