- 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.
- Camping Made Easy
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!
- Preparing for Your Havasupai Backpacking Trip.
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. This is a free event!
- Preparing to Hike Rim to Rim in a Day
Join us for our most popular seminar (we should probably start charging for this;). Anyway, Rim to Rim season is approaching (May 15th is the first day the North Rim is open. Many of you may be contemplating your first, or tenth Rim to Rim day hike. Let the experts - that would be us because we've hiked Grand Canyon so many times that we have run out if toes and fingers to count. Let us give you some tips about trying to get prepared, what to bring for food and drink, proper footwear and clothing, what to expect (climate, trail, other people, etc.) and how to hopefully make it through in one piece. This is a free event! There will be no handouts - saving paper kind of thing, so bring something to write on and with if you want to take notes.
- 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.
- Women On Adventures - Get Out Ladies!
Jenny Zink of Women On Adventures will be our guest speaker to discuss the benefits of adventuring in the backcountry for the girls! "Let's talk about how we adventure as women. Whether you adventure alone, or with friends, the only wrong way to adventure is to not adventure. We will discuss how to get over your fear, make connections, and get your butt out adventuring!" This is a great opportunity to hear it from other women about why getting out is so important for your well-being and that the great outdoors is just as inviting to women as it is men. http://www.womenonadventures.com/ This is a free seminar.
- Staying Cool When Hiking in the Heat
There have been numerous rescues and an unfortunate casualty due to heat illnesses recently. This seminar is for EVERYONE that is exposed to the heat whether when hiking or just hanging out outside. Heat illness is incredibly dangerous, deadly and preventable. We want you 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, Havasupai or up Camelback, this is a seminar just for you cuz it's HOT there! Free Event