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]

Gear | Trips

Mt Humphrey's Sunrise Summit

by Richard Monday, July 2nd 2012
We left Tucson around 3pm headed for Flagstaff. We had two options for our hike. We could either find a campsite, get a good night's sleep and start early in the morning OR we were considering having dinner, getting a few hours of sleep and starting around midnight, putting us at the summit around sunrise. [More]

Trails | Trips

Trials and Tribulations of (Not) Heli-Skiing

by Dana Davis Tuesday, April 3rd 2012
  A couple weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be invited on a 2 day heli-ski trip in the North Cascades of Eastern Washington.  Me?!  Heli-ski?!  You bet!  Now, I have no idea why they thought someone who spent the last 14 years in Tucson would be a good candidate for heli-... [More]

Trips

A Long(ish) Walk in Southern Arizona

by Dave Baker Tuesday, March 20th 2012
Great long distance backpacking in southern Arizona? Have to admit I used to think not, but that was simply due to my weak imagination. It was the Arizona Trail that first opened my mind to the enormous possibilities Arizona holds for stitching together long distance backpacking trips. Our route &n... [More]

Trails | Trips

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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