The wold of rock climbing and bouldering can seem confusing, and it can be hard to know what to buy. Take a look through this list of gifts for rock climbers and choose a thoughtful gift that will keep them safe and happy while they scale rocks, walls, and mountains. From a fun mug that actually strengthens their grip, to a device that means they can stay in touch, no matter where they are, there’s a gift for every level of climber.
Choose their level of climbing expertize and match it to one of these three awesome mugs. Holding more than 12 fluid ounces, these mugs feature a ‘rock’ handle (in orange, green, and black), which not only looks super impressive, but also strengthens the fingers to improve their grip as they climb.
Hand cream might not seem like an exciting gift for rock climbers, but it will definitely be one of the most thoughtful. Climbskin Hand Repair Cream has been specially formulated with shea butter to suit the needs of climbers, and will help to protect hands from splitting on those arduous ascents.
The hands are one of the most important tools they can use when tackling mountains, so make sure theirs are as strong as can be with the FitBeast Hand Grip Strengthener Workout Kit. The selection of tools included will help to strengthen hands, wrists, and forearms so they stay in optimum condition.
In 2017, Alex Honnold made the headlines across the world as the first person ever to scale Yosemite’s El Capitan completely solo, without a partner, climbing gear, or even rope. Now climbing enthusiasts can read all about this and more of his solitary escapades in the incredible ‘Alone on the Wall’.
Most sports come with heart-pounding, wet palm moments, so ensure they can carry on regardless with Friction Labs Premium Sports Chalk. Available in a choice of three textures, this chalk will create a better grip by eliminating sweat, as well as rain, and even sun screen, leaving just dry, grippable hands.
Some of the best gifts for rock climbers are those that mean they can travel light while still having all the necessities to hand. The TRANGO Cord Trapper Rope Tarp means they can keep their ropes together without a bag, and gives them easy access when they need them.
One shoe for all terrains is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, but the Five Tennie Guide Approach Shoe will ensure he can tackle boulder fields, trailheads, and crags with equal comfort and safety. Made with high friction rubber for maximum traction, these men’s shoes come in three striking colorways.
If they see every vertical surface as a challenge, this tee will make a perfect gift. Made from 100% cotton or a poly/cotton mix and available in five stunning colors, it features a large ‘I’d Climb That’ graphic, along with the outline of a climber scaling the ‘A’.
A knife is a necessity for climbers – there’s no knowing when they’ll need to cut a rope or remove a splinter – so make sure they’re equipped with a totally safe one. Impossible to open accidentally when it’s on a carabiner, the Piranha can be opened easily with just one hand.
Help them to develop the strength and endurance they will need for rock climbing with the Metolius Rock Rings 3D. Incredibly easy to install, these rings can be mounted from any solid anchor, such as a tree or a pull-up bar, and will allow them to practice dead hangs, offset hangs, pull-ups and more.
Utilizing the Rock Prodigy Training Method, this book will allow them to progress through eleven exercise protocols, to take them from beginner to more advanced climbing. Providing clear step-by-step instructions and more than 200 color photographs, it’s a must-have manual for any enthusiast who wants to improve both strength and technique.
Seeing what’s above them while they’re climbing can cause neck ache and headaches, which doesn’t make for a pleasant experience. These Belay Glasses for Rock Climbing allow wearers to see what’s above them even when they’re looking straight ahead, and can even be worn over prescription glasses or shades.
Outdoor pursuits can be tough on the hands, and handling ropes and rocks can cause callouses and hard skin that can be really painful. Help them keep their hands smooth with this Climbskin Double Sided Hand & Finger File. With two surfaces (and spares) included, it also comes with a handy orange string.
If crack climbing is their thing, these gloves will ensure their hands are protected without compromising on grip and dexterity. Made from synthetic suede so they’re breathable and comfortable, these gloves offer a 0.6mm thickness for the perfect balance, and 3D patterning for a beautiful articulated fit.
Cut their prep time at the rock face with the Black Diamond Momentum Harness. Pre-threaded so more time can be spent actually climbing, this harness features a speed adjust waistband buckle, adjustable leg loops, and an adjustable rear elastic riser for comfort and safety.
Add some fun into the home with this set of three coat hooks. Available in a range of color options, including black, bright colors, and pastels, these hooks come with the concealed mounting hardware to fix them to the walls, and even look super cool when they’re not holding anything up!
Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing
When it comes to rock climbing, it’s not just the body that needs training and strength. The mind needs conditioning, too, and this book – Vertical Mind – will teach them how to retrain their minds so they can overcome challenges and fears, and achieve more than they ever thought possible.
Inject a little silliness and fun into their climbing with this cute Shark Chalk Bag. Constructed from a soft plush fabric, this gray shark has an oversized opening so even the biggest hand can access the chalk easily, and features a drawstring closure to keep it safely inside.
Held in high esteem for more than 60 years, ‘Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills’ has been considered a must-have read for any new and improving climber. Covering all the techniques they’ll need to keep them safe and enjoying their passion, this book features all-new illustrations for up to the minute advice.
They can mount this Survivor Hangboard anywhere they frequent, so they can use it for a few seconds every time they pass it. Easy to install above doorways or into walls, the Hangboard will enable them to strengthen their fingers, hands, and forearms for a safer, stronger grip.
Not only can this little device send an SOS to the Search and Rescue Monitoring Center, but it will also allow 2-way text messaging so friends and family can stay in touch, no matter where they are. With downloadable maps, charts, imagery and more, it’s an essential companion on any climb.
Add to their toolkit with this Mad Rock Concorde Quickdraw Set. Superbly priced and available in a pack of six, these draws feature warm forged carabiners for ultimate strength and peace of mind while climbing.
Like a sleeping bag for the lower half, the La Sportiva Women’s Warm Up Primaloft Skirt offers warmth and comfort when the weather is colder or windier than she’d like. Made with 100% recycled polyester, the skirt features full length side zips for easy wearing.
They’ll have maximum manoeuvrability and comfort when climbing with these super comfortable Ucraft “Xlite Rock Climbing and Bouldering Pants. Lightweight and stretchy, these unisex pants come in a wide range of colors and sizes, and include 4 outside pockets, and loops for hanging chalk bags, brushes, and more.
The PETZL – GRIGRI 2 Belay Device with Assisted Braking is 20% lighter and 25% smaller, making it even more convenient for carrying. Made for experienced climbers, the GRIGRI 2 improves comfort and safety whether they’re stopping a fall or working a route. Suitable for dynamic single 9.4 to 10.3 mm diameter ropes.
The Black Diamond Mondo Rock Climbing Chalk Pot will keep chalk safe when they’re climbing thanks to the magnetic closure, and fully enclosed when it’s in their bag with the roll top and seal. Featuring a zippered pocket for phone and keys, there are also holders for different sized brushes.
If their adventuring takes them out after dark, make sure they can see what they’re doing with this handy rechargeable light. Powerful and bright, yet lightweight enough to carry, this lamp uses built-in lithium batteries, and also includes red and blue flashing lights in case of an emergency.
NewDoar Hand Ascender Rock Climbing Rappelling Gear
The NewDoar Hand Ascender is ideal for Single Rope Technique Climbing, and allows a smooth, friction free movement as the rope glides through the cam. Weighing just 240g/8.47oz, they’re also color coded for right and left handed use – blue and orange respectively.
Climbing is an arduous task, and it can cause all manner of aches and pains to occur. Make sure they have the means to deal with them themselves with this Thera Cane Massager. Uniquely shaped to reach all parts, this massager is fitted with six special treatments balls to knead the knots away.
Make or Break: Don't Let Climbing Injuries Dictate Your Success
Outdoor sports bring injuries – it’s inevitable – so lessen the chances of it happening with ‘Make or Break’, the book that helps climbers to prevent painful injuries, and heal them when they do occur. Giving invaluable advice on changing habits now to avoid injuries in the future, this book should be in every climber’s armory.
A torch is a must for climbing after dark, but how do they hold one when both hands are gripping the rock? This Headlamp will light the way for any climber as it fits securely around their head, and even features red lighting so as not to blind other climbers.