Looking for the best gift to bring a mountain-sized smile to the rock climber in your life? Then this list of guaranteed-to-please gifts for rock climbers will help you find the perfect present—whether for a birthday, Christmas, or just because. Also, don’t forget to check out our other rock climbing gear buying guides.
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Hiluckey Solar Charger 25000mAH
Efficient, sun-powered charging for phones, tablets, cameras, and more
Waterproof, dust-proof, and shockproof, this portable solar charger is built with the adventurer in mind. Four individual panels contribute to highly efficient sunlight capture, and two USB outputs enable simultaneous device charging. With a full battery, you’ll be rewarded with 10 smartphone charges and four charges for an iPad or Kindle. Simply lay out the panels at your destination or hang them from your pack while hiking with the charger’s conveniently-placed hanging hook. So wherever you are—in any conditions—you’ll have the assurance of extra power for all your needs. One of the best gifts for rock climbers around!
Trango Rock Prodigy
A highly ergonomic design provides maximum finger strengthening and comfort
All climbers could use a little extra strength–and where better to gain this strength than in the comfort of your apartment or home? Hangboards have long been one of the most effective ways for climbers to get stronger, and few boards can match the quality of Trango’s Rock Prodigy. Composed of two individual pieces, a climber can adjust the board to their shoulder width. The board also features a wide variety of holds: crimps, slopers, edges, pockets, pinches, and more, providing the user with the full range of variation necessary for balanced hand strengthening. This is a great gift for rock climbers looking to improve their strength. Also, you might consider pairing the board with Michael and Mark Anderson’s highly influential training book, The Rock Climber’s Training Manual.
Magazine subscription: Climbing, Rock and Ice, or Alpinist
Print media for all levels of climbers
Climbing is likely the most widespread magazine within our sport. It has content for just about everyone—new and advanced climbers alike. This magazine offers a nice starting spot to print climbing media, but beware of the many ads and sometimes less-than-superior articles.
Rock and Ice offers fantastic content and a steady dose of beautiful climbing imagery. Generally speaking, you’ll find articles in Rock and Ice to be more in-depth than the easily consumed Climbing pieces. While a subscription to this publication costs more than Climbing, the quality is superior.
Alpinist is the pinnacle of print climbing content. Released quarterly, each issue is a collector’s edition to be treasured and reread for years. You won’t find listicles or repeating columns that quickly get old. Instead, you’ll be immersed in professionally-crafted long-form stories of adventure into the unknown. Truly a perfect gift for rock climbers new or advanced.
Hydro Flask 32oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle
A stainless steel bottle that’ll maintain temperature and endure any condition
Suitable for the gym, office, crag, or at home, Hydro Flask bottles are the gold standard in stainless steel water bottle construction. In addition to their impressive durability, Hydro Flask bottles keep cold drinks cold for a full 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 12. A wide range of color options will suit any climber’s style, and various customizable lids (wide mouth, flip and sip, straw) give flexibility in how one chooses to consume. Grab this gift for rock climbers and backpackers alike!
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About The Push, by Tommy Caldwell
In the enrapturing words of his memoir, The Push: A Climber’s Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits, Tommy Caldwell shares a raw and honest recounting of the many monumental moments in his life as a climber, son, husband, and father—including his escape from Kyrgyzstani militants and his eight-year battle with the Dawn Wall. As a listener to his detailed and vivid narrative, readers gradually formulate the enormity of his achievements—most of which he actualizes out of an almost superhuman motivation and dedication to surmount the impossible. Any climber presented with this book will relish hearing his historic and compelling tales, and feel inspired to tackle their own life’s Dawn Wall.
About Alone on the Wall, by Alex Honnold
In this co-authored book, modern climbing legend Alex Honnold recounts his 7 most memorable ascents, and offers insight into what he’s known for most: pushing the limits of free soloing far beyond anything ever tried before. In Alone on the Wall, co-writer, veteran climber, and award-winning author David Roberts provides the reader with an external perspective and assessment of what it is that makes Alex Honnold tick in the face of serious risk, epic reward, and grave danger. His story is gripping, and is one of many perfect gifts for the rock climbers in your life, whether they are brand new to the sport or a climbing veteran.
About Drawn, the Art of Ascent, by Jeremy Collins
Drawn is Jeremy Collins’ artful story of feeling pulled to climb in every direction, while also being a committed father and husband. After losing a dear friend in a climbing accident, Jeremy and his friends decide to go on a journey to put up first ascents in the US, China, Venezuela, and Canada. Drawn also features beautiful artwork from the sketchbooks that he kept during his travels. This book won the 2015 Banff Mountain Book Award in Adventure Travel, and for good reason. Climbers and non-climbers alike will find this book relatable and enriching.
Joshua Tree Climbing Salve
A pleasant concoction of natural ingredients to heal wounds and damaged skin
Organic, unscented, and made specifically for climbers, the Joshua Tree Climbing Salve is one of many great gifts for rock climbers. It offers a blend of tea tree, lavender, and jojoba oils, as well as beeswax, calendula, comfrey, echinacea, and wildcrafted chaparral. In essence, this salve is a bunch of healthy stuff that helps heal wounds and lock in moisture, without softening climbing calluses that the body produces for protection.
Gripmaster Pro Edition
A highly effective, portable finger strengthener
Climbers will find any excuse to recreate some semblance of climbing sensations when they can’t get on rocks. So, this is the perfect gift for rock climbers who are stuck at the office when they’d rather be in Yosemite. Help them channel their frustrations with the gift of Gripmaster.
Luci Pro Lux Inflatable Solar Lantern + Mobile Charging
Portable illumination without the need for batteries
One of the coolest and convenient accessories to own, the Luci inflatable solar-powered lamp. Perfect for all outdoor escapades, the Luci charges in 14 hours and offers up to 50 hours of illumination. It’s also waterproof to 1 meter, so you can even use it for late night dips in the river. Take our word that this gift’s ingenuity and functionality will please any climber.
STARESSO Portable Espresso Maker
Make a cappuccino in the backwoods ☕️
Spend time at a climbing campground and each morning, you’re likely to be met with the pleasant aroma of fresh-brewed coffee. While many climbers might opt for an instant or pour-over method, there’s now a new possibility on the market: espresso—bold fuel for the bold climber.
Acupressure Massage Rings
Perfect for finger massages (and bold accessories)
Yes, they look funny, but these extremely affordable and easy-to-travel-with massage rings are the ultimate finger recovery tool. When stroked along your fingers, the spikes on these rings apply consistent (and slightly ticklish) pressure that promotes blood flow and breaks down scar tissue.
FrictionLabs Climbing Chalk
The world’s best climbing chalk? Likely
Does climbing chalk really matter? We sure think so. Especially after we had the chance to test out FrictionLabs chalk for ourselves. The idea behind FrictionLabs started when two long-time climbers discovered that many popular chalk brands contain high amounts of “fillers” such as calcium carbonate. On the other hand, magnesium carbonate, which is known for its exceptional drying effects, was found in low quantities. To remedy this, FrictionLabs offers a chalk that is high in Magnesium Carbonate and low in Calcium Carbonate. The results? Way better chalk.
FrictionLabs chalk is available in various textures, ranging from a very fine powder to pretty chunky. A safe middle ground for gifting is the Gorilla Grip variation.
Yosemite in the Fifties: The Iron Age
Coffee table book with photography, quotes, and tales of rock climbing’s pioneers
This gorgeous hardcover book recounts the legendary tales of climbing’s intrepid pioneers from the 1950s, who first explored the massive granite walls of Yosemite—the world’s epicenter for rock climbing. The courageous (and at times ridiculous) adventures of these early explorers paved the way to rock climbing as we know it today, and serve as heroic reminders of the human ability to push the limits of what is possible.
With pages of incredible archived photography, narratives, and artfully told accounts of the most historic ascents, any climber will gawk and grin at this in-depth look at a classic and momentous era in the sport’s history. If purchasing this book, it’s also worth taking a look at its companion: Yosemite in the Sixties. Either of these books make fantastic gifts for rock climbers young and old.
Thera Cane and/or Mighty Bliss Massager
Recover faster, increase circulation, and regain mobility
On the low-tech front, the versatile Thera Cane (pictured on the left) helps to target specific knots and tight muscle areas that arise throughout the entire body—be that shoulders, back, neck, legs, etc. The greatest benefit of the Thera Cane Massager is its ability to provide additional pressure on muscles in hard-to-reach parts of your body. It’s also not too pricey and easy to travel with.
However, if your climber is looking for a more advanced tool to aid in muscle recovery, the Mighty Bliss Massager (pictured on the right) is sure to offer relief. Featuring a 3,700 RPM motor and six massage head options, the Mighty Bliss Massager helps to release the most stubborn of knots. Further, the product is backed by a lifetime replacement promise.
JBL Flip 5 Bluetooth Speaker
A premium portable speaker with 12 hours of battery life
Whether your climber is around the campfire or at home in the kitchen, the JBL Flip 5 will be his or her new favorite companion. Listen to tunes or podcasts for a full 12 hours per charge, all while enjoying the crystal clarity offered by one of the most respected brands in speaker technology. The Flip 5 also comes in a rainbow of color options (11 choices) and the speakers can even be paired for a full surround-sound experience.
Helinox Chair One
An ultra-lightweight camp chair
After a long day on the rocks, there are few comforts to match that of a nice camp chair. Using the same lightweight technology of trekking poles, the Helinox Chair One weighs a mere 2lb while being able to support up to 320lb. A provided storage bag allows you to easily stash and stow the chair, while a 3-year warranty provides quality assurance.
Petzl GRIGRI +
The best in assisted-braking belaying technology
Petzl’s newest member of the GRIGRI family is beloved by rock climbers everywhere. For the non-climbers, you might be wondering: Ok, what is this thingy and what’s the big deal?
This thingy, the GRIGRI +, provides assisted-braking technology. This way, when a climber falls, the device cams onto the rope to help the belayer brake the fall. Essentially, if a belayer has a lapse in attention (or gets hit by say, falling rock), the device will still lock and prevent dropping the climber. It is an excellent safety-oriented gift for rock climbers that are working on a tough project, as well as newer climbers still learning the ropes. Learn more in this in-depth review and comparison.
For safety, we believe every climber should be using assisted-braking belay devices, and the GRIGRI + is the latest model of an international favorite.
Dr. Bronner’s Soap Sampler Pack
Biodegradable soap for your body, dishes, clothes, teeth, and more
Heading into the mountains doesn’t necessitate a lack of personal hygiene. Luckily, there’s Dr. Bronner’s soap. Biodegradable and packed with refreshing essential oils, Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap offers an incredible 18+ uses. It can replace your body wash, dish soap, toothpaste, shampoo, laundry detergent, and more. Further, the concentrate is made of 90% organic ingredients and the bottles are constructed of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. So, be friendly to both yourself and the planet with this versatile, environmentally-friendly all-purpose soap.
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