Climbing Gifts She’ll Love this Season
Climbers are a unique breed. The crazy world of protection, gear, and slang is an intimidating space for the un-initiated. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with these climbing-inspired gadgets for the lady shredder on your list. This year, give her a gift that keeps on giving adventures with these incredible climbing gifts for women.
Give the Gift of Friends by Wild Country
For the trad climber on your list, nothing says “I care” quite like gifting some good, old-fashion protection. Wild Country Friends (or cams) are an excellent gift for anyone who uses the hashtag #tradisrad. These must-have pieces of protection are designed to last a lifetime. Most climbers use sizes 0.4 through 2 and avid climbers can always use multiples of each size, so no need to worry about duplicates with this climbing staple.
The Best Climbing Pants for Women
There’s nothing more frustrating than a poorly designed pair of pants. Every women climber knows that finding useful, yet flattering women’s climbing apparel, is a nightmare. However, LaSportiva’s TX Pant for women brings the best in function, comfort, and style. With three zippered, harness-friendly pockets you can store anything from gloves to your phone while you climb. The thick, elastic waistband comes with a drawstring and zipper but doesn’t leave you with pinching and bruises when worn all day with a harness. The fun colors pop against the rock so you can send in comfort and style.
Carabiners and Quick Draws Galore with CAMP USA
Climbers can never have enough safety swag. No matter what the style of climbing, carabiners, and quickdraws always make great climbing gifts and CAMP USA offers a wide array of top-notch safety gear for the send. We love the Photon Wire Rack Pack for wiregates, while the Altals Lock brings the best in lightweight lockers with its simple screw gate and narrow profile.
CAMP USA’s Orbit Wire Express KS quickdraws make the perfect gift for the sport climber looking to up their grade, while the Match Express Dyneema alpine draws are the perfect present for the alpine or trad climbing lady on your list.
Be Alpine-Ready with the Black Diamond Blitz
Fun fact: Most multi-pitch or alpine climbing packs are made for men. One of the biggest problems women face with climbing packs is the clash between the back of the pack and their helmets. However, the Black Diamond Blitz (20 L or 30 L) takes the low-profile, lightweight climbing pack up a notch. The perfect setup for the avid alpine enthusiast or the all-day multi-pitch badass, this climbing pack makes the perfect gift for those lady shredders who like to get after it. It’s lightweight, streamlined construction stays out of the way, while the durable, ultralight Dynex construction stands up to the tough rock.
Keep Cozy on Multi-Pitch Routes with GoLite
GoLite makes an incredible array of lightweight outer layers that you can feel good about. All of their products are made with recycled bottles and sustainability in mind. Their women’s ReScooba Jacket uses EcoElite DWR and is made from 28 recycled bottles in each jacket. The ReScooba is the ideal layer for shaded belay stations and the stretchy fabric doesn’t hinder mobility. For windy days, grab the ReGreen Windshell which weighs a mere 6 ounces and stuffs down to nothing (you can even put it in the pocket of those LaSportiva TX Pants).
Climb On with the Alnasca Harness by Mammut
For the sport climber on your list (meaning they climb using pre-drilled bolts), you’ve got to check out the Alnasca Harness by Mammut. This state-of-the-art sport climbing harness for women utilizes the latest split webbing design combined with Mammut’s stellar Frame technology. The result is an uber-lightweight (only 295 grams), stable harness that distributes pressure evenly so you stay cozy no matter what your project is.
Gym Laps with Evolv Climbing Shoes
Every woman loves a new pair of shoes, climbing shoes, that is! Evolv offers an impressive lineup of climbing shoes suitable for beginners and advanced climbers alike. For the newbie gym climber, the Elektra is an excellent beginner women’s climbing shoe, while more advanced climbers will love the Kira or Oracle.
Belay safer with the best belay device on the market. Edelrid pulled out all the stops with the Mega Jule and Gigal Jul belay device. The Mega Jul works well for single-pitch enthusiasts who want a lighter, quicker safety device while the Giga Jule is ideal for multi-pitch climbers who are looking for a safe, lightweight option for belaying.
Boulder Big with Black Diamond Forged Denim
Take your big project from the problem to the town with Black Diamond Forged Denim. Designed in partnership with Cordura, Black Diamond’s stretch denim brings mobility above all else. Perfect for everything from bouldering to sport sends, the Black Diamond Forged Denim is guaranteed to be her favorite pair of jeans. The durable fabric doesn’t loosen up and keeps its stretch pitch after pitch. The best part? You can wear it wherever adventure takes you.
Workhorse Sterling Ropes
Ropes may be a strange thing to see on a holiday gift list, but climbers can never have enough ropes. For the best single, workhorse rope on the market, nothing beats the Sterling Velocity 9.8m. The Serling Velocity is one tough rope that brings the best in durability for seasons of sends. It’s lighter-weight, meaning you can even take it on multi-pitch adventures. The Velocity comes in a variety of patterns, including bicolor and dry treated options. For the most versatility, select the 60m or 70m size.
Finding the perfect gift for climbers often means taking a utilitarian approach to gift-giving. Many people wouldn’t think to gift something simple like a carabiner or rope, but these are the items climbers go ga-ga for.
About the Gear Tester
Meg Atteberry is a full-time freelance writer and outdoor enthusiast. Her mission is to empower others to get outside and have an adventure. She loves a sunny crag and delicious trail snacks. When she’s not wordsmithing you can find her hiking, climbing, and mountaineering all over the world with her fiancé and adventure pup, Nina. To learn more about Meg, check out her blog Fox in the Forest. She’d rather be dirty than done up.