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…

Best Hiking Clothes for Women: Stylish Outfit Ideas for Outdoor Adventures

Introduction Hiking is an exhilarating activity that allows women to explore the beauty of nature while challenging themselves physically. To fully enjoy the experience, it’s crucial to have the right hiking clothes for women that provide comfort, protection, and style. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the world of women’s hiking gear, including…

Best Hiking Shoes of 2024: Unveiling Our Top 5 Favorites for Men and Women

What’s more thrilling than scaling the summit of a skyscraping mountain and catching picturesque scenery in front of your eyes? That’s the beauty of hiking. However, whether it’s a simple, one-day hike or a complex multi-day hike, there are some requisites you mustn’t forget if you want to have a safe excursion. Besides a water…

Planning and Prepping for the Sky Islands Traverse

Planning and Prepping for the Sky Islands Traverse Those of us who dwell in southern Arizona are familiar with Sky Islands – the forested archipelago at the tops of the mountains, isolated from one another by a surrounding sea of desert. The Rincons, Catalinas, and Santa Ritas are known to Tucsonans, but there are actually…

Havasupai On My Mind

Summit Hut Gearhead & Contributing Blogger- Summit Hut Oro Valley Store Manager, Jeremy Asher. February 1st is coming up fast, and you know what that means… This is your opportunity to secure some much sought after Havasupai Permits! I had the chance to go and visit Havasupai for the first time several years ago and…

Backpacking in Aravaipa Canyon

Aravaipa Canyon is one of the best kept secrets in Southern Arizona. With its towering canyon walls, lush vegetation, abundance of wildlife, and the ever flowing Aravaipa Creek, it is a wonderland waiting to be explored. Aravaipa Canyon is a protected Wilderness Area. Only 50 people a day are allowed to enter the 12 mile…

An Easy Overnight Loop On Mount Lemmon

Last week I decided that I really wanted to do some backpacking on Mt. Lemmon. I wanted some water and shade to escape the heat of Tucson and my partner wanted some easy mileage as he had just done 15 miles the day before we headed out. As we approached the Catalina Highway we were…

Oracle State Park Reopens

Oracle State Park entrance It feels really good to help a state park, especially considering all of the funding cuts and closures they’ve had to work around in the past years. Oracle State Park was closed for two years after the state legislature cut the park system’s operating budget. There has been much effort being…

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,…