Gift shopping for a rock climber can be a difficult task. Some rock climbers can be very picky about what types of climbing elements they use, this makes choosing the perfect item for them a challenge. Luckily, I have a list of some gifts that even the choosiest climber will appreciate.
I have highlighted 20 unique and useful gift ideas in three categories according to the price range so you can pick one that fits into your budget.
Gifts for rock climbers under 50$
Climbskin Hand Repair Cream
The skin absorption and penetration of Climbskin hand repair cream is much higher than most products of its kind. It provides deeper hydration, better skin regeneration, and less residue. Unlike the wax-based products, this cream does not sit on the surface of your hand which by doing so would result in trapping the moisture. Trapping of moisture by the wax-based products actually slows down healing wounds and cracks. Climbskin is more readily absorbed and deeply hydrates your tissue for fast healing.
Apply climbskin 1-2hours prior to climbing to enable adequate hydration of your skin in order to prevent skin splitting and reduce sweating. After climbing, wash your hands and apply again to hydrate your skin. Your skin will be regenerated leaving you ready to go day after day.
Climbskin Double-sided Hand and Finger File
This small size hand-made file, the chalk and climbskin cream is a perfect combination to keep your skin in the best condition. It has a handy orange string for easy location and handling. The wood is curved to give a good balance and help you work around the folds/contours of your fingers.
It comes with two replaceable sandpapers, 1-smooth and 1-abrasive, 1 on each side of the file and 4 extra sandpapers, 2 of each texture.
This finger file looks good and perfect at its job. For those who get calluses and blisters, the file comes in to combat the annoying experience of having your fingers always covered in tapes and Band-Aids.
FrictionLabs Loose Chalk
FrictionLabs chalk keeps your hands dry. It is the best rock climbing and gym gift. Overcomes grip problems caused by sweat, rain and humidity. It also protects your skin from over-drying and cracking.
It comes in a convenient resealable coffee bag packaging that is easy to use directly and pours into your chalk bucket with ease. This chalk is designed for the extreme demands of rock climbers in all the categories of climbers from beginners to elite. It is chalk that you can rely on to keep your hands drier and healthier longer.
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Gear Patches
Available in a variety of fun shapes and sizes. It’s an easy peel and pick Jacket-Repair aid due to its stick-on patches. (It doesn’t require sewing, ironing or heat setting).
Like all Tenacious Tapes, it has an ultra-strong adhesive that stays no matter the weather. Doesn’t matter whether you put it through the wash or run them through the dish washer, it stays stuck. It’s a durable ultra-strong repair tape and permanently bonds outdoor fabrics and materials including Nylon, Vinyl, Rubber, and Plastic.
The tape is sealed with waterproof coating and won’t peel off during a wash or a storm. It’s multipurpose, sticks to any surface of repair; from puffy coats, tents, sleeping bags to bag packs.
Shoe Deodorizer and Disinfectant
This is a perfect rock climber gift. It eliminates bad odor and bacteria on shoes. The disinfectant spray can be used on most of the climbing materials to remove those stubborn bad scents and micro-organisms. It will leave your shoes smelling fresh.
The deodorant has an overpowering pleasant smell enough to submerge the bad smell from your stinking shoes. Give your shoes 2 or 3 sprays and it will do a good job. It deals with the underlying causes of smell rather than masking or covering the smell. It’s endowed with anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that fight against Staph, Athlete’s Foot, Strep and many more.
Joshua Tree Climbing Salve
Joshua Tree climbing salve is an organic unscented skin care that treats flappers, gobies, blown tips, scrapes, cuts, and abrasions. It’s a combination of essential oils freshly extracted from fine organic herbs. It moisturizes your skin and promotes healing without softening calluses. Calluses should not be soft because a healthy callus is your body’s own natural protection that hurts and peel off when they get soft.
It is a natural salve with no added scent. Provides relief for drying gym chalk and is a powerful healing to all cracks and blisters.
To enjoy full effectiveness of Joshua Tree Climbing Salve, wash your skin with soap and water, clip or remove any dead torn skin, groom calluses using a premuce stone to thin out thick spots, rinse hands with alcohol to clean the micro-cuts, dry and harden skin, then apply the salve and ensure that it soaks right into the dry damaged skin.
Carabiners are basic and very important equipment that you need every time you go rock climbing. They are simply strong metal snap-like made of lightweight Aluminum or Steel, used to connect all the different safety climbing system together.
They attach the climber to a rope, attach a climbing rope to a harness or climbing nut, attach a climber to a belay anchor and also for attaching a climber to a rope for rappelling. In fact, our climbing safety depends on the carabiners and that’s why they should be super strong. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes depending on what and how you climb.
Rock Climbing Mug
The rock climbing mug is made from porcelain, climbing holds materials and a metal screw. It comes in different colors. This cup is not safe with dishwashers and microwave.
Sublime Climbing Brush
Normal brushes are often flimsy and weak with few bristles that wear down rapidly. Some brushes are designed such that they are either too big or too small for climbing, they don’t fit your hand well and are generally a cheap accessory.
The Sublime Climbing Brush is designed for perfect climbing; it’s easy to use and also durable. It has a unique neck design, tougher than other brushes and won’t bend or snap easily. Has over 14,000 bristles which works better and lasts long enough. The ergonomic handle also fits perfectly in a climbers hands.
Belay Glasses for Rock Climbing
Belay Glasses feature metal frames and high quality prisms that allow you to look straight ahead while belaying. They help you to read the manual well and save your head from craning. Their design makes it possible to combine them with sun and eyeglasses.
The high quality prisms offer a clear image and comfortable vision on the climber. The thin frame enables two fields of vision to the climber’s surroundings that you can enjoy a comfortable and perfect vision on the climber during belaying.
Trango Piranha Knife
Rock climbers need this little knife for many reasons; it can be used to peel duct tape off your shoes or dig a splinter out of the palm of the climber’s hand. The Piranha Knife can also be used to cut the rope to free a climber, to cut tat, to add cordage to existing anchors and also to cut the free ends from a stuck rope. It’s a compact, portable knife with a safe design.
Thera Cane Massager
It is a simple and effective self-massager that enables you to apply deep compressions directly to painful knots in your muscles anywhere anytime. The pressure exerted by the Cane Massager maximizes the flow of oxygenated blood to the muscles to relax you and help your body function at optimal levels. It lowers blood pressure, increases flexibility especially in the joints and breaks back pains.
Every Rock climber needs this Thera Cane for an after climbing self-massage for relaxation. Get this accessory for your rock climbing friends and they will appreciate.
Gifts for rock climbers under 100$
PETZL GriGri 2 Belay Device
GriGri 2 device is lightweight, so it won’t slow down a multi-pitch climb where weight is a factor. It accommodates a wide range of rope sizes. Fits single ropes ranging in diameter from 8.9mm-11mm and an optimized 9.4mm-10.3mm ropes.
It has assisted braking feature designed to pinch the rope to help the belayer hold falls. The handle design allows a very gradual release of the rope so you can lower a climber with excellent control.
The stainless steel friction plate works well for rappelling on single ropes while cleaning or setting a route.
The major reason as to why you would buy this device for your rock climbers is for an extra safety margin. It has a locking system that halts the rope when it pulls out at a certain speed. This is quite helpful where the belayer is inattentive or inexperienced, or where the belayer can’t see the climber. Also when your climber wants to hang, it’s a lot easier to sit and chill when you don’t need to keep constant heavy breaking tension.
Black Diamond Momentum Climbing Harness
The Dual-Core Construction gives the climber comfort even when on an overhanging belay. It combines a supportive but lightweight design with comfortable load distribution.
For maximum breathability, the Dual-Core Construction consists of an Open Air waist belt that uses two separate bands webbed around the outside of the frame and a supportive insert in the center.
The Leg-loops made from High Tensile Nylon provides support and total comfort when hanging in the harness. You can adjust it in the places where you have more muscle mass.
PETZL Head Lamp
When you are climbing at night, this PETZL headlamp comes in handy. It can also be used around the house. Easy to carry and wear, lightweight and comfortable. It provides bright light and also features a strong head band that is easy to use and that stays steady even while running. What’s more? The lamp does not easily break in case you accidentally drop it.
This headlamp is also useful in many other ways. For instance, when you land in unfamiliar and dangerous surroundings you need this head lamp. It can also be used in caves. Some caves are dark, damp and most probably infested with dangerous creatures like scorpions and snakes. This lamp helps you to see where you are going and also helps you to avoid slippery rocks.
Just to mention a few uses of headlamps but there are endless uses and definitely, you need it for your rock climbers.
Gifts for rock climbers under 200$
Trango Rock Prodigy Training Centre Hang Board
Training is an essential part of rock climber’s schedule. The Trango Rock Prodigy training center offers a perfect guide to Hangboarding with a customizable and excellent hold selection in order to match the individuals training goals.
Hangboarding helps rock climbers to build their finger strengths and precision for the moments they need it most. The hangboard has 2, 3 and 4-finger holds; deep, shallow, crimp grips and pinch grips with bumpers such that no hand muscle is underworked.
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Softshell Jacket.
In the gym, conditions are controlled and constant. Once you go outdoors, various sport elements come into play. Rock climbing conditions are ideal during the cooler months when friction is high but the temperature is hospitable. In such situations, you need the right elements like the Outdoor Research Ferrosi Softshell Jacket.
The Outdoor Research Ferrosi Jacket is lightweight, slightly waterproof and breathable. It is one of the most versatile jackets on the market. Even though it won’t block out water like a rain jacket or hard shell it will absorb drizzle and is also windproof. This jacket is exactly what you need for your elite rock climbers.
The Summit Pack is a simple refined ultralight day pack that can perform whatever duties you assign it. It’s compact enough to be stowed away in a larger pack but more accommodating for day hikes and rock climbing.
It’s constructed from Dyneema Composite Fabric hybrid materials, has adjustable shoulder straps, roll-top closure, top closure side compression straps, shock cord lacing for additional gear storage, four external daisy chains for attaching gear, bar tacked reinforcements on all stress points and fully main body seams. This is your perfect storage gift for your rock climbers.
A good Summit Pack can also work as a day pack for shorter trips where you don’t need to carry a lot of food, water or clothing. They also make good bags for skiing, cycling trips or just for walking around.
Make sure the Summit Pack you are buying for your rock climber can fit into a larger bag and will not add much weight to the overall kit.
Black Diamond Vector Helmet
The first essential in rock climbing is a helmet. You need a good, comfortable and well-fitting helmet. The best climbing helmet is one that manages to combine durability, protection, and comfort.
Climbing helmets are designed to protect you against climbing scenarios like; hitting your head on an overhang, when you peel off and whip onto a wall or when rocks hardware gets loose above you.
Climbing helmets should meet the industry’s standards for both overhead and side impact protection.
To buy the right helmet for your climbers, it’s good to consider their climbing type in order to know which one suits them. Climbing Helmets may come in different models and with different features, each for a different use.
Garmin In-Reach Mini Satellite Communicator
This piece of climbing accessory is your help for maintaining contact with your fellow climbers and people at home.
I know you want the best gift for your rock climbers. My guide should help you pick a gift that will take care of them, protect them, nourish them, revitalize them and also one that is available in their time of need. Take your time to learn your climber’s needs and get them what will really help them.