West Fork Backpacking

by Ian Thursday, June 12th 2014
I sometimes wander back to the maps area at Summit Hut and stare at all the amazing trails around Tucson that I haven't yet explored. For months, I've had my eye on the West Fork trail between Sabino Canyon and Romero Pass. The trail traverses the massive and remote Sabino Basin, flanked by the Cata... [More]

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Gates into the Green

by Charles Monday, June 17th 2013
This is part 3 in a series of posts on the Sky Island Traverse - previous post: A Windmill to the West. The Curtis Windmill is now a familiar landmark along Highway 80, but not a place to linger - after parking I gather my gear enter the sea of Creosote thru the western gate. Gate to the west o... [More]

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A Windmill to the West

by Charles Thursday, May 23rd 2013
This is part 2 in a series of posts on the Sky Island Traverse - previous post: Sky Island Dreaming, next post: Gates into the Green. From Cochise Stronghold the Sky Island Traverse travels west to Highway 80 and then on to the San Pedro - for this section we departed from the published route and lo... [More]

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Sky Island Dreaming

by Charles Monday, May 6th 2013
The Sky Island Traverse is one of the most inspirational hiking routes that I have ever come across - Brett Tucker, the author of the route, described it this way in March of 2011: "A route of my own making along ten of the region's standout ranges and across the adjoining valleys, with an eye towar... [More]

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The Authors

Dave BakerDave Baker

I'm Dave Baker, founder of Summit Hut, an independent outdoor retailer based in Tucson, Arizona since 1969. As an experienced and passionate hiker, climber and backpacker, my blog is intended to be an informative and interesting look into the outdoors and the outdoor industry.

Dana Davis

Dana Davis

I’m Dana Davis, co-owner of the Summit Hut. I mostly enjoy hiking and road biking though I often do other things to keep it interesting (mountaineering, motorcycling, backpacking, climbing, you name it!) My biggest challenge is sometimes finding the balance between career, family, and fun but it’s working out so far!

Dan Davis

Dan Davis

I'm Dan Davis, after retiring from the National Park Service as a Ranger and manager, I worked for the Summit Hut until 2009, then retired for good (maybe). I'm now spending my time traveling around the southwest writing and working on my nature and fine art photography business.

Emily Gindlesparger

Emily Gindlesparger

I’m Emily Gindlesparger, a member of the Summit Hut floor staff. Since moving here from the Midwest, I’ve been taking advantage of all possible adventures in Arizona: rock climbing, mountain biking, backpacking, whitewater kayaking, caving and trail running; I’m always excited to see what’s next!

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