100 Days of Service

by Dave Baker Monday, May 25th 2009

We are so fortunate to be able to live and play in the magnificent Southwest! Our love and passion for our precious wild lands runs deep, so early this year the Summit Hut launched its “100 Days of Service” program to benefit non-profit outdoor, conservation, and environmental advocacy organizations in southern Arizona.

It’s a simple idea: each year the Summit Hut pays up to 100 days worth of regular wages to our 60 employees when they volunteer to provide services to a non-profit group partner. We are thrilled to help with any number of tasks: trail building, restoration projects, native species protection, invasive species control, office and clerical chores, and so on. 100 Days of Service has been enthusiastically embraced by our staff and the Summit Hut is genuinely gratified to be giving back to some great organizations that have worked so hard for years to preserve and protect our precious environmental heritage.

Trail work

Moving boulders off the Arizona Trail

The Summit Hut currently has 100 Days of Service partnerships with Sky Island Alliance, Arizona Trail Association, Tucson Audubon Society, Rincon Group of the Sierra Club; and we are in the process of finalizing partnerships with several other groups.

We kicked this program off this past March, and Summit Hut volunteers have already given nearly twenty days of service; building trail and helping with a bullfrog control and inventory project. Eighty more days to give, we can hardly wait!


Comments (2) -

5/25/2009 4:30:40 PM #

I recently got to work with your group building the Arizona Trail. We really appreciated the help of the enthusiastic Summit Hut crew. Thanks for giving back to the community!

Sirena Dufault

5/25/2009 6:35:24 PM #

Shouldn't you have offed the guy BEFORE you buried him...?

Jerry Cagle

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!