Ho ho ho!
Here are ten items that might be the perfect gift for the hiker you know. Otherwise, bookmark this entry and come back to it when it’s time to spend your Christmas money!
- Is your hiker a bit of an artist or a diarist with elegant penmanship? Then one of these journals (which are a little pricey, but nice) would be a gift that could be filled during a big hike and then browsed through for a lifetime. The small size (4 x 5) would be about perfect.
- If you are going to spend more than $50 on a journal for your artist hiker, you might as well toss in a set of these.
- Like the idea of a journal, but looking to spend a little less. I’ve carried these for years.
- Does your friend carry a monogrammed towel on the trail because, to do otherwise, just wouldn’t be right? Then you need a matching monogrammed Nalgene bottle, right?
- How do you make sure the total ISN”T more than the sum of the parts? Use a scale for every single item.
- You know that compass in your iPhone? You really should have a back-up. I doubt you’ll find one lighter than this.
- Okay…trivia question: what non-electronic signaling device has the longest range? Flares? Smoke? Whistle? Nope, one of these. (But not at midnight.)
- Got to have one of these, because, if there are no photos, it didn’t happen!
- The gram-counters will tell you that this is unnecessary – and they’re right. But it’s kind of neat, anyway.
- Your JMT hiker will love one of these, even in the dead of winter. Even better, have it framed!
Good luck with your shopping and have a wonderful (and safe) holiday.
Good hiking, Ray