My Heart Meets the Heart of Tuscany

by Emily Wednesday, November 14th 2012
When you're trying to recount the newest most amazing trip you've taken in your life, it can be hard to start at the beginning. Details of things loved and mishaps overcome come rushing in all at once. So instead, I'm starting in the middle of Italy, with the day Logan and I saddled up in Florence a... [More]

Trips

Wirepass to Lee's Ferry: A Trip that Almost Happened

by Richard Friday, October 19th 2012
Our trip started on a Tuesday when we left Tucson headed for the Paria/Vermillion Cliff's Wilderness area. After a long drive north to the southern edge of Utah we arrived at the White House trail head and campground around 10pm. We dropped an impromptu camp in front of our cars and got to sleep. Our original plan was to start hiking Wednesday at the Wire Pass trail head and make our way through Buckskin Gulch, the Paria river canyon and down to Lee's Ferry in 3-4 days. [More]

Trips

Bike Tour from Sonoita to Bisbee

by Emily Wednesday, September 26th 2012
As a "dry run" for our cycle tour through Italian wine country, we decided to take a tour through Arizona wine country, and on our two day trip we found more beauty and challenge than we had bargained for. We started in Sonoita, with Logan's parents graciously playing the role of our shuttle driver... [More]

Trips

Italia!

by Emily Wednesday, August 29th 2012
It all started when a customer walked in the store for something simple--I think it was sport beans or vitalyte for a cycling event--and told me about L'Eroica. His eyes got that faraway dreamy stare as he told me of this long ride through Tuscany on historic white gravel roads called the "strade bi... [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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