Welcome to our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide!
YETI 14 oz Rambler with lid
I love mine! Still looks new after many road trips.
Hydro Flask Water Bottle Insulated 32 ounce
Delorme Atlas & Gazetteer
(about $15 to $25 depending on state)
We’ve linked here to the Utah book, but you can search on Amazon for other states.
Patagonia Black Hole Duffel
(range of prices)
Lightweight and indestructible.
Cell phone tripod
(about $14 for this model – UBeesize is the brand)
Great for selfies where you need a little more distance between you and your phone, has a remote control.
Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottle
(about $9 to $15 depending on size and color)
When you search for Nalgene water bottles on Amazon, be sure to pay attention to size, color, and price. There is a wide range of combinations and prices.
Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Socks – Men’s and Women’s
(about $22 to $25 per pair)
We’ve tried every kind of sock made for hiking, and so far, Darn Tough socks are the best we’ve found. Many different styles and colors to choose from. These socks are made in Vermont and come with an unconditional lifetime guarantee, no matter how many mountains you’ve climbed.
Carhartt Men’s Watch Hat
(about $15 to $20)
Not just for men, this hat will instantly make you part of the hip crowd—or whatever they call the hip crowd these days. Made of 100 percent acrylic rib-knit fabric, stretchable, and one-size-fits-all.
Patagonia Houdini Jacket
Our favorite light jacket, and it stuffs inside the chest pocket.
Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket
Our go-to puffy. Also comes in a hoody version.
The link here is to the men’s, but they also offer women’s sizes and styles.
The North Face Etip Gloves
You’ll always find these at the bottom of my daypack.
(about 3 for $12)
And it makes you look like a cowboy–or-girl-when you wear one around your neck.
GAIA GPS App
($20 per year for basic, $40 per year for premium- sometimes on sale on their website)
This app saved our lives at least a couple times this year alone.
($30 per year, $60 for three years)
Indispensable for researching trails.
PeakFinder AR App
Closest thing to magic you’ll see in an app.
(about $70 to $80 depending on size)
Required in many national parks when hiking in bear habitat.
RATSACK – Food protection against rodents and bears
(about $32 to $58 depending on size)
Lighter than carrying a bear vault. Keeps fury critters from getting at your food.
Ursack – Bear resistant food sack
Another version of an animal proof food bag. Easy to hang off the ground.
Books by Matt and Karen
(about $12 to $17 depending on Amazon sale prices)
Give the gift of laughter with one of our books
National Parks passport book
You can also buy these passport books at any national park unit.
America the Beautiful – National Parks & Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass
An annual pass more than pays for itself if you visit a few parks each year. You can also purchase the senior pass on the same website. Just follow the link above.
Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System
These are the first microspikes we’ve used that are easy to put on and take off, even in the cold. And they’ve saved us from falling on our faces more times than we can count.
Black Diamond Trail Back Trekking Poles
Our favorite trekking poles because of how easy they are to adjust the length.
3M Safety Sunglasses
(about 4 for $16.50)
Stop worrying about losing or breaking your sunglasses. These are light (less than 1 oz.), wraparound frame design, anti-scratch lens coating, impact-resistant lenses that absorb up to 99.9% UV, and are so much cheaper than other sunglasses.
Jetboil Flash Camping and Backpacking Cooking System
(about $110, does not include fuel)
A must-have for anyone backpacking. Boils two cups of water in 2-3 minutes.
Jetboil Fuel Scale
(about $21, does not include fuel)
The only way to really know how much fuel is left in your partially-used fuel canisters.
Single Burner Camp Stove Dual Fuel
(about $32, does not include fuel)
Super compact and works with both propane and butane fuel.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Here’s an item we hope never to use, but we carry it whenever we hike regardless. It weighs only 2 ounces, so there’s no excuse for not throwing it into the backpack. You put one end of the LifeStraw in water and suck through the other end, pulling the water through a filter that removes most bacteria, parasites, and microplastics. The manufacturer states the device will purify up to 1,000 gallons. It’s a $15 item that could save your life one day.
LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle
Same concept as the LifeStraw above except this version has the filter integrated with the water bottle. You can fill the water bottle with unfiltered water and then drink using the built-in straw, which pulls the water through the filter as you drink.
Our “magic pen.” Many times, this is the only water purification device we take on backpacking trips. Easy to use and is rechargable.
Nuun Sport: Electrolyte Drink Tablets
(about 4 for $18)
Our favorite electrolyte source. Also helps prevents hangover–so we’re told.
Energizer LED Headlamp
We’re prone to losing gear, so these inexpensive Energizer headlamps are perfect for us. They’re comfortable and work every bit as well as headlamps that cost many times more. They’re invaluable when hiking or camping, especially when taking a midnight stroll to the bathroom.
First Aid Kit
One of the ten essential items every hiker/backpacker should have with them.
(less than $5 and up)
You don’t need one very often, but when you do, it is a lifesaver.
Thermacell Portable Mosquito Repeller
(about $20 for the battery-operated version)
Works well to give you about a ten- to fifteen-foot mosquito-free zone.
Therm-a-Rest Z Seat Cushion Insulated
One of the few items we’ll go back to the truck to get if we’ve left them behind, they’re light (2 ounces), durable, and comfortable.
Helinox Camp Chair
(about $100 for Helinox brand, other brands as low as $30)
What a luxury it is to have a chair to sit on after a long day of backpacking.
Solo Stove Campfire
(about $110 depending)
We love our Solo Stoves, they come in a variety of sizes. We use a small one (the Titan model) for ambiance at the picnic table and a larger one as a portable fire pit. The model pictured below is the Campfire.
Kindling Cracker Firewood Kindling Splitter
(about $90 to $100 depending on size)
These things are addictive. Now I love making kindling.
(about $20 a pair)
You’ll need these to attach the snatch strap to your vehicle’s recovery points.
One Man’s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey
(about $18 for paperback)
Dick Proenneke’s diary about building a cabin and surviving in the wilderness of Alaska.
Alone in the Wilderness
A DVD documentary of Dick Proenneke’s adventure in Alaska. From the Amazon description: This video “Alone in the Wilderness” is a simple account of the day-to-day explorations and activities he carried out alone, and the constant chain of nature’s events that kept him company.
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