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The Holidays are approaching and I am trying to find the perfect gift for my husband who loves climbing/mountaineering and the general outdoors so my question is:
If you could pick anything, what would you want for Christmas(related to these sports)?

Thanks for the help!
Nov 5, 2008
How much money are you going to spend? Jeremy H
Joined Jul 25, 2007
314 points
Well he does in fact already have a tacoma :). I wanted to keep it $500 or less for ideas if I save up... or under $300 if I bought it right now...
Nov 5, 2008
summit of whitney
why dont you go with him somewhere and be his belay slave for a weekend.... Spiro
Joined Dec 18, 2006
160 points
That is not a bad idea Spiro and thanks for the reply.... The only thing is that I am pretty much already his belay slave... Im a less advanced climber and tend to get stuck at the bottom more than I'd like already. I could make that work, but do you have any other ideas?
Nov 5, 2008
Check summitpost.com. There is a long recent thread on this subject.
If I knew how I would provide a link.
bill forrester
Joined Jul 5, 2005
1 points
Nov 5, 2008
Things I would like: trango ballnutz for those real small cracks; a guidebook to an awesome out of state climbing area with airplane tickets tucked inside e.g., tetons, north cascades); a small, light battery powered weather radio; one of the new design stoves that boil water in less than 3 minutes, work in the cold and weigh very little; axes for ice climbing; a portagledge. Hope you settle on something cool that he really likes. Good luck. Bill Hutchins
From Bethesda, MD
Joined Sep 21, 2007
4 points
Nov 5, 2008
soloing Boulder Canyon Upper Falls
I'd be stoked to get a new set of ice tools, awesome aid rack, or climbing destination. I think the tools could be the most meaningful though. Micahisaac
From Longmont, CO
Joined Apr 4, 2006
108 points
Nov 5, 2008
me bouldering in MT
I'd say a set of Alpinist mag if he doesn't already have it... Or find someone selling a bunch of american alpine journals and buy them for him. Lots of great history.

I'd say the one item I use over and over again is the Houdini wind Jacket alaskamountaineering.com/Produ...

It's perfect for everything, and it's so small you never notice it clipped to your harness.

Or I'd vote for a set of C3's if he doesn't have a set already.
alaskamountaineering.com/Produ...

Cheers,
Aj

PS, Hell, save your dough. With someone who's nice enough to post here this far ahead of Cmas. He's already got the present!
EMT
Joined Jan 13, 2008
276 points
Nov 5, 2008
EMT you are a charmer...

agreed: C3s, even a second set would be polar express
mcarizona
From Flag
Joined Feb 5, 2007
223 points
Nov 6, 2008
Half Dome
gas/food money and a weekend off. Paul Hunnicutt
From Boulder, CO
Joined Sep 23, 2006
405 points
Nov 6, 2008
J TREE
Cash, or gift certificate so he can purchase what he wants....

OR if he is into ice climbing, a Feathered Friends Jacket....

The Caddilac of down jackets.....
Jim Amidon
Joined Jun 12, 2001
927 points
Nov 6, 2008
Just below the chockstone on Alexander's chimney
EMT wrote:
With someone who's nice enough to post here this far ahead of Cmas. He's already got the present!


Right on, wish I had someone like that, quiet a present indeed.

I really liked the guidebook idea w/ or without the tickets inside.
seth0687
From Fort Collins
Joined Nov 20, 2007
392 points
Nov 6, 2008
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
Avid mountaineers sometimes neglect to get a good GPS unit, which is really handy if it has the built in maps. If he is more into alpine, this will help him with descents and in white-out conditions. They are always loosing their sun glasses, which need to be the full wrap around kind for snow travel. And who wouldn't love a new, awesome soft shell jacket and pants? Atsa nice.

If he rock climbs, go look at his gear and either buy some doubles of the cams he has or get him better ones. If something he has is worn out, get a nice new one. A spiffy, 9.8mm 70m bi-color rope? These are luxuries we wouldn't buy ourselves, but love as gifts.
Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,494 points
Administrator
Nov 6, 2008
Pure bliss..
Jim Amidon wrote:
Cash, or gift certificate so he can purchase what he wants.


Cash is ALWAYS king!
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
589 points
Nov 6, 2008
Coffee after freezing our asses off near James Pea...
I just like that rope so much, I can't stop with the "mmmmmms." Stich
From Colorado Springs, Colorado
Joined Jan 1, 2001
1,494 points
Nov 6, 2008
Old Greg with his downstairs mix-up.
Are there tent attachments for Tacomas? True car camping seems to be catching on.
Black Owl 1 at roost outside Penitente Canyon
Black Owl 1 at roost outside Penitente Canyon
Stucker
From Centennial, CO
Joined Aug 1, 2006
86 points
Nov 6, 2008
Just below the chockstone on Alexander's chimney
Like someone else said sunglasses....I love my Julbo's and another great climbing gift I got was my Suunto Vector... Great watch, very accurate and you can pick them up on sale now for under 180 if you look around. seth0687
From Fort Collins
Joined Nov 20, 2007
392 points
Nov 6, 2008
The Shield
a surf board.



no, kidding.
Here is something that everyone loves once they get it but often does not want to splurge for. Alveolite liners for his plastic boots. Intuition makes the best ones, as far as I know, for climbing. You just get them in the generic size and then he or a boot shop can fit them to him... and honestly, they really are better.
Go see what kind of boots he has and we can tell you if this works for them (he might already have them.)
Sam Lightner, Jr.
From Lander, WY
Joined Apr 9, 2006
2,225 points
Nov 6, 2008
Function over fashion.  My newest pair of climbing...
You should probe him. . .hehehe. . .to find out a climbing destination where he really, really, really wants to go. Then you set everything up (transportation, where to stay, food, etc...) I'd be psyched if someone did tht for me. For the 2 of you it may cost more than $500.00 but you'd be getting something out of it too. Legs Magillicutty
From Littleton
Joined May 28, 2002
815 points
Nov 6, 2008
You can't go wrong with a new rope. doesn't matter how many he owns... a nice rope is about 200 bucks! chalkfingers
From park city, utah
Joined May 13, 2008
76 points
THANK YOU! All of your idea have been extremely helpful... Hey, I need to plan ahead right :)


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