10 Hiker/Camper Gift Ideas

Marian   December 8, 2015   Comments Off on 10 Hiker/Camper Gift Ideas
So, you want to buy a gift for someone who camps, hikes, or just generally likes the outdoors- this list has ten fun and practical gifts that they’ll be sure to use again and again. If you have any questions or need more information, give us a call or come into the shop, we have it all in stock. See the first in our gift series here: 10 Disc Golf Gift Ideas
1. National Geographic Topo Trails Map – $11.95

Asheville is surrounded by dozens of parks, forests, parkways, and trails. We have 8 different NatGeo maps, including the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Linville Gorge, and can special order any we don’t currently have in stock. All are waterproof, tear-resistant, and are easy-to-read for even the most novice map reader. That being said, they are also a wealth of information like campsite capacities, trail elevation changes, and road/trail conditions updated regularly. These are a no-brainer gift both for exploring a new region and for learning more about what’s in your own backyard. (they also look very nice framed on a wall)

2. Yaktrax Walk – $20.00    or    3. Yaktrax Pro – $30.00

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These easy add-ons to your tennis shoes or boots are fantastic for increasing ice and snow traction. The Walk is lighter-weight and is great for more maintained trails or roads, runners, and even the everyday long walk with your dog or across the parking lot (a solid confidence booster for the klutz, unstable, and shaky). The Pro features thicker coils, an extra performance strap, and can be worn in temperatures as low as -40* F (for the real crazies). These are ideal for the regular hiker/backpacker who wants to hit any trail no matter the weather and are excellent for high elevations in the spring when the ice hasn’t thawed everywhere yet. Small and compact, they are easy to throw in a bag or keep in a glove box as a precaution. Comes in three sizes for the best fit.

4. MSR Annual Maintenance Kit – $14.95
 Chances are, you’ve used your camping stove this year (or several years) and haven’t maintenanced it. It’s easy, cheap, and increases the life of your equipment so that it continues to work it tip-top shape. This all-in-one kit includes everything you need to service any MSR liquid-fuel stove (and most other models) including o-rings, jet and cable tools, lubricant, and detailed, step-by-step instructions in a durable carry case. If you like food and water, it’s a great idea to ensure your stove doesn’t fail when you need it most.

5. Nalgene Classic Waterbottle – $11.49     or     6. Black Diamond Gizmo Headlamp – $19.95

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I put these two together because they are both inexpensive things that all hikers/backpackers need, lose often, and would love multiples of. (great stocking stuffers!) I keep a Nalgene and headlamp in my car, at work, and with my gear, because they both have come in handy many times. The standard Nalgene comes in a million colors, is BPA free, guaranteed for life, and dishwasher safe. The Gizmo headlamp features dimming and strobe, lasts up to 75 hours on one set of included batteries, and is 60 lumens bright so you can see up to 45 feet away. These two are easy no-brainers you can get for anyone on your list that will be appreciated.

7. WNC Trail Guide Maps – $14.95


These wonderful maps are similar to those mentioned earlier by National Geographic, but they are much more local-specific. Pisgah Ranger District, Bent Creek, Black Mountain, Grandfather Ranger District, and DuPont State Forest are covered in depth. These maps include mountain biking trails, equestrian trails, as well as those for hiking. Waterfalls, elevation profiles, campground locations, and local information is all included in these easy-to-use and durable maps. A portion of the proceeds from these guides go towards trail maintenance in Pisgah and DuPont Forests. We also carry unfolded, rolled copies for those who want to display them.

8. Revivex Durable Water Proofing – $8.95
This stuff is amazing! Spray it on your clothes, tent, backpack, fishing waders, raincoats, everything! We live is a wet ecosystem and staying dry is crucial for everyone’s safety and enjoyment of their time outdoors, be it for a few hours or a few months. Every time I am packing for a multi-day trip I re-treat all my pants, jackets, and gear for good measure because this water proofing spray has made my time in nature much more pleasant over the years. Camping companions have marveled at my old tent’s continued water resistance and how the water wicks right off my pants when hiking in morning dew.
9. ENO Single Nest Hammock – $59.95
This local company has taken the outdoors world by storm in recent years by developing a great hammock that can be used by everyone – the ultralight hiker who doesn’t need a tent, the music festival goer, the college quad studier, and the scenic view lover. With the strength to hold over 400lbs, packing to the size of a softball, and being only 18oz, it’s a great gift and wonderful for everyone who likes to kick their heels up once in a while. Available in many colors. Add on the SlapStraps for easy hanging.
10. AAR Gift Certificate
AAR has everything you need for camping, hiking, and other outdoor adventures. Make the easy call and let your gift recipient choose their own . Available in any amount.