Low-cost Gift Ideas
We received a lot of good feedback on our last blog post regarding ideas for holiday stocking stuffers so we decided to do another post with more low-cost ideas for Christmas!
Climb-On Maps- Our friends Stefani and Rick from CommonClimber.com have created beautiful water-proof, tear-proof maps of Smith Rock and Red Rocks. If you want to know the quickest way to get to an area and whether or not it will have routes that suit your ability, at a glance, then you will love these maps. In just a few minutes flat, a quick overview of the map will show and tell you the difficulty of the trails, how many routes are in that area, what grades you can expect, and what style (sport, trad, top rope). Once you arrive at your destination (using trails personally hiked and GPSed by Rick and Stefani), break out your guidebook for more detailed descriptions.
How To Climb booklets- Brought to you by Rock & Ice, these small booklets are perfect for a beginner getting into the sport or transitioning climbers looking to make the move to outdoor rock. The book is filled with 114 color pages of information ranging from a glossary of climbing terminology, to useful knots, gear and technique tips. You'll also find information on rappelling, leading, anchors, and training! The booklet is small enough to fit in most backpack pockets and can be used for reference when you go outside.
GripSaver Plus- Tools for injury prevention are something every climber will appreciate. The GripSaver Plus from Metolius is a great little device for the prevention of climbing-related finger injuries. The ball will provide resistance when squeezing, while the band with individual finger loops will provide resistance when you release the grip and spread your fingers. These concentric and eccentric hand exercises will help to keep fingers strong and balanced and can lessen the chance of finger-related injuries.
Remember, you don't have to plan on a big budget to get your climber friends something really useful for their climbing kit. Stop by AntiGravity Equipment to check out these and other great budget-friendly suggestions!