Starting From Zero | A Beginning Hikers Guide

Starting From Zero A Beginning Hikers Guide {Written by Summit Hut Gearhead Dave Weeks} I decided to start this blog post as a way to document my journey of getting back into hiking shape. Recently I had to have spinal surgery, and at the time, I was unable to hike further than about 3/4 of…

The Spiritual Elements of Nepal’s Prayer Flags

Seen everywhere in the mountains, valleys and sacred sites of Nepal, prayer flags are a symbol of peace, goodwill and compassion. Originating in Tibet, early versions of prayer flags were used in battle. But as time passed, the flags came to take on more spiritual meaning. Each of the five colors are always arranged from…

Campfire Cookin’

Spending time around a campfire with friends and family is a great way to spend a relaxing weekend. It’s made even better when there is delicious food to share! Cooking on a campfire may seem intimidating at first, but planning well can make it feel just as easy as cooking at home. Our Summit Hut…

Sherpa Adventure Gear: Funding the Future

MAKING A DIFFERENCE, TODAY AND TOMORROW In Nepal, many children grow up in remote mountain villages, and are deprived of basic education. The Sherpa Adventure Gear Fund provides a brighter future to the children of Nepal through empowerment and education. Working alongside respected Nepal-based organizations, we fund scholarships, build schools, support orphanages and provide safer…

Four Tucson Weekend Getaways

Beat the heat and escape the crowds for an ideal weekend at some of our favorite campgrounds in the greater Tucson area. We’ve hiked it, biked it, and loved every second of it, so get outside and see for yourselves! Whether you want to spend the night in a convenient campground or far away from…

Superfeet University

Recently a few Summit Hut staffers were invited to visit the Superfeet Headquarters in Ferndale, Washington for a few days of what is called “Superfeet University.”  We were also to visit Northwestern Podiatric Laboratory, the sister company of Superfeet.  Thinking we were going to get an in-depth knowledge of insoles over the two days of…

Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket Review

The Ghost Whisperer Jacket is hands down the most used piece of clothing in my closet. This jacket is super warm, versatile, comfortable, comes in great colors, I have the women’s blue and it always gets compliments. To give you some context before reading on, I am an avid hiker, backpacker, climber and work at…

Exped Dreamwalker Review

Summit Hut has a very unique bag from Exped called the Dreamwalker. We love carrying it because it is a big conversation starter and most people, including myself, get a good giggle out of it the first time you see it. Before you laugh too much and write it off, think about how never having to…

Paradise Found

This is how much I love Paradise Forks, a climbing area at the upper reaches of Sycamore Canyon about an hour outside Flagstaff: when friends and I were driving the four hours from Tucson to get there, we didn’t even turn on the radio; we just bounced up and down on the car seats yelling,…

Hiking Report: January

As I write this, December 31, 2012; Tucson and the surrounding mountain ranges are being pelted with rain and snow. as I look from the Summit Hut door to the North, The Catalinas are being blanketed with snow to about 4000 feet. What a spectacular place we live and know that conditions can change on…