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12 Gift Ideas a Mountaineering Enthusiast Will Love

Looking for the perfect gift idea for a mountaineer in your life? We asked a mountaineering enthusiast to recommend his top picks. Here they are:

Backcountry Access Tracker 3 Avalanche Beacon

A follow up to the beloved Backcountry Access Tracker Avalanche Beacon, the Tracker 2 includes a 3 way antenna to increase search accuracy to near pinpoint precision when time really matters. Don’t let your beloved mountaineer head into the hills without this essential piece of safety gear.

Backcountry Access Extendable Shovel

Lighten your mountaineer’s pack with this ultralight weight aluminum shovel by trusted alpine brand Backcountry. Who needs to carry a bulky 6 lb winter camping tent when you can build a nice snow cave with this 1.6 lb extendable shovel?

The Moth and the Mountain: A True Story of Love, War, and Everest

Called “gripping at every turn” by Outside magazine, The Moth and the Mountain tell the story of Maurice Wilson’s attempts to climb mount Everest with the shadow of WWI as psychological backdrop.

Black Diamond Raven Ice Axe

The ice axe is the mountaineer’s key tool. From chiseling steps, to testing ice, to building anchors, to providing a third point of contact on a glacier, the ice axe is an indispensable tool for the alpinist of any level.

Julbo Vermont Spectron 4 Sunglasses

The Sun’s radiation can become dangerously powerful at elevation, highly increasing the chance of disorientation and even the chance of snow blindness. Protect your loved one with these classic Julbo Vermont mountaineering goggles. Nosepiece included.

Freedom of the Hills 8th edition

The Freedom of the Hills in print since 1960 represents the American Mountaineer’s Bible and reference guide for all things alpine. From knots, to anchor construction, to glacier travel, to crevasse rescue, this book has it all. An an excellent gift for the alpinist of any level.

A Woman's Place Is at the Top

Dubbed the “queen of climbers,” Annie Smith Peck, gained notoriety in 1895 for climbing the Matterhorn in a pair of pants (unheard of for a woman at the time). This fascinating biography tells the story of her rich and varied life based on original source material, including letters and artifacts.

Make hauling a breeze with the ultralight Petzl Micro Traxion Pulley. Weighing in at a stunning 85 g, this pulley is among the lightest in the market. Combined with the brand guarantee of a tried and tested French brand like Petzl, this product is the excellent gift for the climber mountaineer.

Portable Solar Panel for Hiking

Don’t run out of juice in the backcountry again. This foldable shockproof and water resistant panel will keep your Android as well your Apple USB devices charged all day. Can charge up to two 2 USB devices at once.

Black Diamond Express Ice Screw

Ice screws are the key ice climbing protection. No alpine kit is complete without at least a handful of them. From anchor construction to general ice lead climbing on frozen waterfalls or high-elevation glaciers, the alpinist will have to have a few of these.

Thermoflask Insulated Water Bottle

There is not much as reinvigorating as a sip of hot tea on a frozen alpine morning. With this insulated water bottle, you can prepare your hot beverage the night before and have it still piping hot for the early mountain start. Keeps drinks hot for 12 hours and cold for 24.

The versatility, ruggedness, and lightweight of the MSR Whisperlite stove have made it a favorite for backpackers, mountaineers, and climbers alike. Whereas pressurized propane fuel stoves only last for a few days, the Whisperlite’s liquid white gas will cook for you for last at least a week without a refill.


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