12 HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS FOR
YOUR MOUNTAIN MATE
By Meghan J. Ward
As we creep our way towards the holiday season are you twiddling your thumbs trying to come up with gift ideas for the mountain enthusiasts in your life? Twiddle no more; our team has come up with some clever, useful and unexpected gift ideas that are perfect for the outdoors lover or Rockies dweller. Here they are, in no particular order.
Aeropress Coffee Maker: No coffee lover should suffer in the great outdoors. Enter: the Aeropress Coffee Maker. For the richest, most delicious coffee on the planet, use this system at home and on the trail.
Park Distillery Vodka and Merchandise: Serving camp-style cuisine and 100% local, handmade spirits, Banff’s hoppin’ eatery, Park, also features a store stocked with unique enamelware and in-house vodka.
All Weather Notebook: The Rite in the Rain notepad is the perfect give for the outdoor writer in your life or that pal who actually replaces summit registers (God bless them!). Not only are these weather-proof, but they are also made of recycled post-consumer waste.
Alpine Club of Canada Membership: Support Canada’s mountain organization and give the gift of an ACC membership so your bud can enjoy the benefits of the club’s membership offerings, include discounted hut stays.
Hut Booties: The last thing you want to do after a long day of hiking, climbing or skiing is to soak your socks on a wet hut floor or slide your feet back into your hikers when you need to leave the tent. Be a good friend and treat a pal to some down-filled footwear. We suggest MEC Hut Booties.
TickLasso: As Lyme disease becomes an increasing concern here in Canada, this handy tool is a good addition to any outdoor enthusiast’s First Aid kit. The TickLasso removes the whole tick, head and all (we know, gross). Your friend will thank you if they ever come home with one of these little buggers.
Subscription to Canadian Rockies Annual: Crowfoot Media’s very own mountain culture print magazine hits the stands and mailboxes May 2016! You can expect in-depth storytelling and original photography from some of Canada’s most established mountain creatives. Get it 30% off until December 20.
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Foot Butter: Footcare is rarely a top priority for mountain people. In fact, missing toenails or cracked heals are almost rites of passage around these parts. But, it doesn’t need to be this way. You friends will love this foot butter from one of the Rockies’ most unique retailers.
Skoki Cookbook: One of our favourite places on the planet has produced one of our favourite cookbooks. Chef and Skoki Lodge Manager, Katie Mitzel, has crafted many backcountry gourmet meals and now she reveals her secrets in this beautifully designed book of recipes.
Backcountry Wilderness Pass: Whether you’re camping, setting up a bivouac, or enjoying the luxury of a backcountry cabin, you require a Wilderness Pass to spend the night in the national parks. Get an annual pass for a friend at a Parks Canada Visitors Centre or through the ACC.
SheWee: This one is for the ladies, and it’s exactly as it sounds. This handy little device helps women to pee standing up, which is perfect for certain outdoor scenarios, dirty public toilets when you’re travelling, or when you just need a really good party trick. Head over to Toiletable.com for more toilet tricks and gadgets.
Stance Socks: Word on the street has it that these socks are amazing. Moisture wicking and anatomically designed, they offer an exceptional fit and unrivaled performance. Pick up a pair at Banff’s Unlimited Skate + Snow.
Writer, adventurer, outdoorsy mama and summit cartwheeler. Meghan J. Ward is the editor and co-founder at Crowfoot Media and lives for backcountry getaways.