Now that all that stimulus money has hit your bank account (not to mention tax returns), you might be looking to pick up some more gear for yourself and your friends.
You could always buy your climber buddies a new harness, helmet, or crashpad, but here are a few climber gift ideas that you might not have heard of….
If trad climbing is your thing, check out this unique wall-mounted keychain holder. The 3.15″ x 3.93″ concrete holder emulates a real rock wall, and with two included climbing stoppers (which you attach to your keychain), you can hang your keys up on the wall just like you’re placing pro on a climb. Black, blue, red, green, orange, yellow, silver and purple nuts are available.
For a gift for the insatiable peakbagger, check out Alpeaks. This boutique brand out of Florida makes miniature 3D metal models of mountains around the world, with over 100 different mountains available on their website. Well known U.S. peaks like Whitney, Denali, Rainier, and the Grand Teton are mixed in with lesser known American summits like Tennessee’s Mount LeConte and Idaho’s Borah Peak. While the vast majority of models depict US summits, several international mountains, from Kilimanjaro to Mt. Fuji to the Matterhorn, are also available.
Alpeaks also makes their models with infinitely recyclable aluminum and stainless steel, so no by-products go to waste, and the brand uses environmentally friendly, 100% recyclable packaging.
You have to be fairly confident in your pinch strength to want to carry around your drink in this mug…
That said, if you’re looking to put a bit of risk into your climbing training, maybe the possibility of accidentally spilling hot boiling coffee on yourself is just what you need to stay motivated!
This particular mug holds 12 ounces, but a variety of other climbing holds and mug sizes are available.
Whether you’re looking for an on-theme storage rack for your shoes, helmet, and other climbing gear or you just want a place to hang your keys, this hanger board is a solid pick. With four sport bolt hangers drilled into a 18″ x 5.5″ x .75″ piece of poplar and a mountain skyline etched into the background, this is a stylish and functional addition for any climber’s entryway or room.
If your friend or loved one is more of an armchair climber (or an avid collector), this aluminum ladder rung from Mt. Everest might be the perfect gift.
This ladder rung was collected from the Khumbu Icefall in 2018 during a cleanup effort, and the seller notes that a portion of proceeds from this sale “will be passed on to local communities in Nepal to help fund additional cleanup efforts on Mount Everest.”
Owen Clarke is a writer currently based in Tennessee. He is a Contributing Digital Editor at Rock and Ice and Gym Climber. He enjoys Southern sandstone and fish tacos, and is afraid of heights.
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