Dan Davis Joins Our Blog

by Dave Baker Friday, November 27th 2009

A soft spoken man with a wonderfully understated sense of humor stopped by the Summit Hut in 1999, asking if there were any positions open.

Dan Davis had just retired from a distinguished career with the National Park Service, where he had spent time in such magnificent locations as Rocky Mountain and Grand Canyon National Parks. After relocating in Tucson, Dan was looking for “maybe six months or so” of work and we were delighted to have him join our staff, and even more delighted when the “six months” stretched to a full ten years with the Summit Hut!

Dan Davis

Dan Davis, on location

Dan has retired again (maybe), this time with plans to wander and travel the beautiful landscapes of the American Southwest and pursue his passion for photography (check out his photo site here).

Happily, Dan has accepted our invitation to author blog stories and show off  some of his photos here on Trail Talk – thanks Dan!

Stay tuned.


Comments (3) -

11/29/2009 4:25:44 PM #

I have heard of Dan Davis and am excited that he will be writting about his travels. I have seen his web page and love his photos. I'm just not real sure how you came to think he has a wonderfully understated sense of humor. Looking forward to his writting none the less.

Barbara Judd

12/6/2009 3:25:34 PM #

I have several of Dan Davis's photo's hanging in my living room, and appriciate them every time I look at them. I'm anxious to read his writings, as I have lived in the Southwest, and can relate to the desert experience.  I wish Dan well in his writing adventure's.

Michelle Gustafson

12/10/2009 11:56:41 AM #

I think Barbara is right.  Dan isn't funny.  He is however exceedingly handsome so please make sure to have plenty of pictures of Dan in each of his articles.  Many thanks and keep up the good work.


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!