For many avid rock climbersOpens a New Window., it’s more than a hobby—it’s an obsessionOpens a New Window.. Hang out with any group of climbers and you’ll find that conversations regularly shift to “this pumpy V6” they’re “projecting,” their recent trip to YosemiteOpens a New Window., or how they can’t wait to make it out to “Font” (the Forest of Fontainebleau) someday.
Even if you don’t know the slang or spend all your free time watching videos of Adam OndraOpens a New Window.screaming through another superhuman route, you can still get a great gift for that special climber in your life. Many climbers are particular about the kind of gear they use, so you should steer clear of any technical gear unless they specifically ask for it, but there are plenty of climbing gifts that you can’t go wrong with. This year, give your beloved van-dwelling dirtbagOpens a New Window. a gift that says, “I understand you love climbing. Now can we please talk about something else?”
prAna Vaha Pant
These Vaha pants from prAna, a brand specializing in yoga and climbing gear, are so comfortable, you’ll want to live in them. They’re perfect for climbing or lounging after a long day on the rocks. Made from a durable-but-soft hemp and polyester blend with a bit of stretch, they’re super comfortable and lightweight. Plus a wide elastic waistband makes for a perfect fit without any cinching or muffin topping.
[$79; prana.comOpens a New Window.]
Available at CampSaver.comOpens a New Window. for $55Opens a New Window., ZapposOpens a New Window. for $55Opens a New Window., and eBayOpens a New Window. for $78Opens a New Window..
Climbing is a sport that puts your body through a lot of stress. You have to maintain body tension through hard moves, throw for far holds, and fight the forearm pump through long, overhung routes—not to mention endure countless falls. A good roller will help tight, aching muscles recover, and these Gurilla rollers are some of the best we’ve ever tried. Their quality construction and variety of styles—ground, stick, and precision—are perfect for hitting every ailing muscle group. Choose from standard colors or customize them with your favorite hues.
Want to give them a bottle with a twist? The Bindle bottle boasts the same double-wall design of most insulated water bottles, but also comes with a compartment to store your keys, wallet, headphones, snacks, or any small items you could potentially leave behind at the crag. It’s made from durable stainless steel, and even with the surprisingly spacious storage compartment, it still holds 24 ounces of water.
Metolius Wood Grips II Training Board
For hardcore rock climbers, there’s no more valuable training tool than a hangboard. This wood hangboard from Metolius has a wide variety of crimps and pockets in varying depths for both beginner and advanced hangboard trainers. The raw wood finish looks great in your home and is much easier on your hands than standard textured plastic boards. They come in compact and deluxe sizes to fit any size space.
Goda Acupressure Rings
Perhaps more than any other activity, climbing relies heavily on finger strength. Don’t believe us? Search for videos of climbers doing one-finger pullups and you’ll see just how much work a climber’s fingers do. These acupressure massage rings are a great stocking stuffer for a climber whose finger tendons could use a little TLC (especially after a hangboarding session).
[$13 for 5, amazon.comOpens a New Window.]
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Metolius Access Fund Comp Chalk Bag
Chalk bags are an essential piece of gear for almost every rock climber. Give the gift of dry fingers and high friction (both very good things for climbers) with this Metolius chalk bag. It comes with the added bonus of supporting the Access Fund, a charity very near and dear to rock climbers that protects climbing areas by ensuring public lands remain accessible and maintaining safety equipment.
[$20; moosejaw.comOpens a New Window.]
Cotopaxi Halcon Chalk Bag
The Halcon chalk bag from Cotopaxi is a deep, roomy bag with an important reminder for your belayer (or anyone on lower ground). Its drawstring closure seals tight and prevents chalk leakage better than other bags we’ve tried and it has a useful zipper storage that’s big enough for your jumbo sized phone or any other important items. The coolest part? Each bag is unique. The Del Dia line gives each maker creative control over how the final bag looks, so no two are the same.
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Petzl Bug Backpack
This is the little backpack that could. Despite its compact size, it has a surprising amount of space (18 liters of storage) and—our favorite feature—a clip for stowing rope on the outside of the bag. It’s a bit heavier than most climbing packs of its size, but it was extremely comfortable and easy to move in—a must for a multi-pitch climbing pack. It’s perfect for climbing, hiking, or simply hauling your gear to the gym.