Perhaps the best thing about having an outdoors enthusiast on your shopping list is that you'll never have to ask the cliché question, "What do you get for somebody who has everything?"
No matter how much gear outdoor lovers have packed into their garages, inevitably there’s something new out there they’d love to have.
Here are 13 suggestions for outdoor fanatics.
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The JetBoil CrunchIt is an ideal stocking stuffer for environmentally conscious backpackers. This small tool threads onto most fuel canisters used for backpacking stoves and vents the remaining fuel. The device can then be used to puncture the canister so that it can be recycled. The 1-ounce CrunchIt tool also opens bottles.
“The Freedom of the Hills” cards
The legendary mountaineering bible is now a deck of playing cards. Learn the art of avalanche rescue from the jack of clubs, how to build a snow shelter from the six of clubs and the climbing code from the ace of spades. The deck was released recently by Mountaineers Books in conjunction with the eighth edition of “The Freedom of the Hills” ($40).
This book by Neville Olliffe and Madeleine Rowles-Olliffe of the International Guild of Knot Tyers gives illustrated instructions for tying 85 knots. From camping, climbing, fishing and sailing to making a rope ladder, the book teaches tying skills for most situations. The 144-page book has more than 400 color pictures and even comes with a practice cord.
Emergency fire starter kit
The kit features a flint-wheel igniter and waxed impregnated rayon-cotton tinder sticks. All you have to do is fray the edges of the sticks, light the end with the igniter and then use the burning stick to start your fire.
GeoPalz Activity Tracker
These pedometers help kids turn their physical activity into prizes. Children track the number of steps taken each day. The tally can be logged onto GeoPalz.com and converted into points that can be redeemed for activity-based prizes and certificates. The more steps logged, the farther kids progress on the website’s map of the GeoPalz world where they can see upcoming prizes and awards.
This award-winning independent film follows some hardcore cyclists as they attempt to ride 3,000 miles across America in less than 12 days. The complexion of the adventure changes when tragedy strikes. Even noncyclists will appreciate how far these athletes are willing to push themselves.
Pass it on
An annual pass to Mount Rainier National Park is $30. After two visits (seven-day admission is $15) the pass pays for itself. You can opt for the $80 America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass that’s good for admission into most federal recreation sites. A $40 Washington season Sno-Park pass also pays for itself in two visits. A one-day pass is $20.
Motorola Talkabout MR350R radios
$54, Target, Best Buy and RadioShack
These handheld radios feature a 35-mile range, NOAA weather channel, a flashlight and a mini-USB charging port. They can be used hiking, on the slopes, camping or just about any other activity.
Beau Mac clam gun
Go top shelf and get your favorite razor clam digger in this stainless steel tube. They’ll be the envy of other diggers on the beach. The tube is 31 inches long, with a barrel 15 inches long and five inches wide.
Pocket Survival Pak Plus
The Pocket Survival Pak includes a knife, an LED light, water purification tablets and a 1-liter collapsible water bag. Also included are a whistle, nylon cord, compass, a rescue signal mirror and a fire starter.
Rollerskis are just what they sound like, skis turned roller skates. These 24.4-inch skis with wheels allow Nordic skiers to ski the streets any time of year. The Rollerskis allow you to stay fit in the off season or just satisfy the urge to ski on your lunch break. You’ll pay about $75 or more for the bindings or you can send your bindings and have them mounted for $10.
GoPro Digital Helmet Hero
The GoPro Digital Helmet Hero attaches to your helmet so you can shoot high definition footage of your next adventure. Whether you bike, ski, snowboard, skate or skydive, the camera attaches to almost all helmets. The wide-angle lens covers 170 degrees. It comes with a head strap if you want to use it during activities that don’t require a helmet.
There is no more iconic outdoor accomplishment in the Northwest than climbing 14,411-foot Mount Rainier. However, if you aren’t a skilled mountaineer it can also be extremely dangerous. Three guide services – Alpine Ascents, International Mountain Guides and Rainier Mountaineering Inc. – offer climbs to the summit led by some of the most skilled mountaineers in North America. The programs include a day of training on how to use an ice axe and other mountaineering skills. Many spots for 2011 are already full.
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