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
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
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.
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.
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.