Looking for a gift that will bring a mountain-sized smile to the rock climber in your life? Then this list of guaranteed-to-please gifts for climbers will help you find the perfect present—whether for a birthday, Christmas, or just because. Note: this article contains affiliate links; your purchases support our daily content ? Also, be sure to check out our guide to the 20 Best Outdoorsy Gifts This Holiday Season.
Voltaic Systems Portable Solar Charger
Powers phones, tablets, cameras, and more
Both waterproof and UV-resistant, this portable solar charger is built with the outdoor adventurer in mind. You’ll only need 3.5 hours of sunlight to fully charge a smartphone, and a provided backup battery supports an additional 1.5 phone charges. So wherever you are—in any conditions—you’ll have the assurance of extra power for all your devices.
Sublime Climbing Brush
Premium, 100% recyclable boar’s hair brush with over 14,000 bristles
Easily overlooked, the act of brushing key climbing holds might make the difference between sending or flailing on a climb. And while climbing brushes have long been available on the market, they’ve resembled little more than a cheap toothbrush, quickly deteriorating in quality. The Sublime Boar’s Hair Brush, however, is different. Developed in partnership with Tom Randall, this Sublime brush features an ergonomic handle to perfectly fit a climber’s hands, over 14,000 soft boar’s hair bristles to sufficiently clean holds, and even a one-year warranty.
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 costs more to this publication 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.
Hydro Flask 18oz Food Flask
Compact and insulated food storage for your pack or on the go
Whether your climber is headed off for an adventure in the wilderness or simply a long day at the office, the new 18oz Food Flask will delight his or her taste buds in any environment. Featuring a double-wall insulation, hot foods will retain their heat for over six hours, while cold foods will stay chilled all day. Constructed of high-strength stainless steal, the flask will withstand years of use and abuse.
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About The Push, by Tommy Caldwell
In the enrapturing words of his new 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. In this vantage point 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 in 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 will inspire the climber in your life, whether he/she is 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 recently 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 a great gift for 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, for your friend or family member stuck at the office when they’d rather be in Yosemite, help them channel their frustrations with the gift of Gripmaster.
Luci Outdoor 2.0 Solar Lantern
Portable illumination without the need for batteries
One of the coolest and convenient accessories to own, the Luci Outdoor is an inflatable solar-powered lamp. Perfect for all outdoor escapades, the Luci charges in 7 hours and offers up to 12 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, gifting, and inappropriate jokes…
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 50s, 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.
Thera Cane Massager
Squashing hard-to-reach knots with addictive ferocity
This versatile recovery tool 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.
Outdoor Tech Buckshot Pro
All-in-one Bluetooth speaker, power bank, flashlight
This wireless speaker not only straps readily to a bike—enabling groovin’ while cruisin’—but also serves as a flashlight, strobe light, camp light, and power bank. It can play music for up to 10 hours, spans a Bluetooth range of 32 feet, and has a built-in microphone and speakerphone. And for those of us who tend to get down and dirty, the Buckshot Pro is ready for action, thanks to its water and shock resistant design.
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 three-year warranty provides quality assurance.
Petzl GRIGRI +
The latest in assisted-braking belaying technology
Hot off the production line, Petzl’s newest member of the GRIGRI family has arrived. 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 so that 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. 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.
Stickers and pins to celebrate sends
You’ve likely seen them before: 5K and marathon stickers decorating the backs of vehicles. Now, there’s something new and similar for climbers: Mountain Markers. Developed by a father and son, Mountain Markers are a motivating tool for coaches, clubs, gyms, and everyone in between to offer in celebration of accomplishments. Additionally, the company also offers stickers with catchy slogans: TRAD DAD, DO A DYNO, WHAT THE CRUX, and more. [Disclaimer: this placement is sponsored.]
Various rock climbing tees and hats
When you’re unsure of the perfect climbing gift, a classic t-shirt or hat won’t fail. Our climbing-centric styles are designed by climbers, for climbers, and printed right here in the United States (global shipping available).
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