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Whether your friend frequents the climbing gym or just tried outdoor bouldering, they probably use jargon you frankly don’t understand. If you aren’t into climbing, this lingo can make buying a gift incredibly confusing. But don’t worry. If you’re completely stumped on what to get them, this list will come in handy.
1. Friction Labs Chalk
Rock climbers’ hands do half the work when they’re bouldering, which means they can easily become sweaty and slippery. Help your favorite boulderer maintain a strong, steady grip with Friction labs chalk. This product is available in three different textures, all of which will keep their hands and fingers dry when the going gets tough.
2. Black Diamond Circuit Crash Pad
Show your friend you’ve got their back by gifting them a Black Diamond crash pad. This 3.5-inch thick pad weighs just eight pounds and provides premium foam protection for climbers. A hinge-fold design makes for easy transportation and set up so they can bring it to their favorite bolder field, wherever that may be.
3. Metolius Project Climbing Bar
Climbers who want to improve their grip strength should use a rock climbing bar. This nifty piece of training equipment features a number of holds and an arc that tapers out and down to prevent forearm scrapes.
4. Gronk Fitness Pull-Up Bar
Of course, all that grip strength will be useless if your favorite climber lacks arm strength. Help them pump up those guns with a Gronk Fitness pull-up bar. The grips are monkey-style so they can switch up their routine while also performing fundamental movements like muscle-ups and wide-grip pull-ups. They can even reverse the frame to perfectly fit their home gym or workout space.
5. BetaLabs Climbing Brush
Popular routes often have greasy nooks and crannies that fail to provide a strong grip, regardless of how chalky your hands are. In these instances, it’s important to have a climbing brush on hand to scrub off oils and apply or remove chalk. This two-pack is perfect for indoor and outdoor use and is made of boar bristles for optimal scrubbing power.
6. Luci Pro Lux Inflatable Solar Lantern and Charger
Long, strenuous routes may require one or two full days of bouldering. Help your friend take the most amazing photos by keeping their phone juiced up. This solar-powered charger lasts up to 50 hours on a single charge and even doubles as a lantern.
7. Boot Bananas
If your friend likes to boulder every chance they get, stinky boots are inevitable. Luckily, they don’t have to smell forever with boot bananas. These deodorizers contain absorbent salts, minerals and plant extracts to soak up moisture, nix stench and kill bacteria.
8. Rhino Skin Repair
Most climbers try to avoid using lotion as it often makes their hands too soft. Instead, they opt to use a climb-specific repair cream like this one from Rhino. The non-greasy formula contains essential oils and minerals to strengthen their skin.
9. Goda Acupressure Massage Rings
Imagine how sore your fingers would be if you shoved them into every crack you came across. Boulderers experience similar pain after long climbs and training circuits. Luckily, these acupressure massage rings can provide some relief. All they have to do is slip them onto their digits and relax.
10. Stanley Classic Pour-Over Set
Everything’s better with coffee, especially early morning climbs. Help your favorite bouldering geek fuel up with a Stanley Classic pour-over set. This portable arrangement allows them to brew a mug on the go and keep it hot for hours so they can reenergize whenever necessary.
11. Rock Climbing Mug
If you’d rather gift them something they can enjoy at home, this rock climbing mug is an ideal choice. A real hold serves as the handle and comes in six different colors, including purple swirl. Meanwhile, the ceramic mug can hold up to 12 ounces of your climber’s favorite beverage.
12. Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold
You’re probably unfamiliar with free solo climber Alex Honnold, but your bouldering friend certainly isn’t. Give them a peek inside the brain of a guy who’s climbed everything from El Sendero Luminoso in Mexico to Yosemite’s Half Dome by gifting them his best-selling book. Choose the updated edition that contains accounts of Alex’s El Capitan climb.
Climbers make a point to buy only the best gear because failing to do so could mean their life. Slips and falls happen all the time and their equipment must be strong enough to support and protect them. Therefore, you must keep quality and safety in mind as you pick out gifts. As long as you do, they’re sure to love whatever you get them.