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Alaska Huts Staff


Adam Thomas: Manitoba Hut Keeper

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Adam is an avid outdoors enthusiast who began his career in outdoor recreation, conservation, and education in 2020. Since then Adam has worked in outdoor industries in New Hampshire, Colorado, and Alaska. Currently, Adam works for the Forest Service working on spruce beetle management, and the Alaska Huts Association maintains the facilities so that others can enjoy the Alaskan backcountry.







Amanda Sweeting: Social Media and Communications Manager

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Amanda grew up on the coast of California but Alaska has been her home for the last eight years. She has worked in marketing for non-profits for the last decade and is also a former Alaskan outdoor guide. Her passions include packrafting, reading, film photography, and having outdoor adventures with her dog. She hopes to use her digital skills to give back to the wild Alaskan landscapes that have given her a home.




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Philip Swiny: Executive Director

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In 1999, Philip signed on as a trail crew leader for a conservation youth program and has worn countless hats in his outdoor career since. Recent positions were Director of Facilities for the American Alpine Club (AAC) and Director of Safety & Operations for the Colorado Mountain Club (CMC), two of the larger member-based outdoor non-profits in the country. He is excited to join the Alaska Huts’ Association team and continue to add to the solid foundation that past staff and volunteers have built.




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Scott Fritz: Development and Grants Manager

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Scott has been blending wilderness leadership, adventure tourism, and non-profit philanthropy in Alaska since 2010. After completing his Master’s degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education, Scott has been visiting recreational and historical huts all over Alaska, New Zealand, and Antarctica. These days Scott finds himself feeling very fortunate to be part of this wonderful organization building a system of huts unlike any other in the world.