^ Photo of the author taking her dad on his first tour up to the Silcox Hut on Mt Hood!
If your dad already has everything he needs, gift giving can be tricky! However, we have some gift ideas that would make great presents for the man who has it all.
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland $21.95
Fun for the whole family! Embrace living in the PNW and get on the trail with kids in tow. This book features 60 hikes within a close drive from Portland. The range of selected hikes will have something for everyone: picturesque vistas, solitude, gnarly elevation gain, and flat cruiser trails next to rivers. We suggest opening to a random page to determine your next adventure! This 6th edition book has updated maps and photography, rankings, new additions, and backpacking options.
Platypus 2L Bigzip Evo $42.95
Keep Dad hydrated on the trail all day with this reservoir. The large opening is convenient for refilling and washing and the redesigned tube is wider to maximize flow rate. Silver ions are embedded in the plastic to protect clean water from mold and bacteria.
MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe $79.95
Boiling water at a touch over 3 minutes, this stove is ideal for saving weight while on the trail (weighs 2.9 oz/83 g). It comes with a push-start igniter and has a broad burner with wind blocking lip for simmer control even with a breeze. The pressure regulator assists fast boil times especially in colder temps or when the fuel canister is nearly empty.
Skyscape Trekker $270
Perfect for the tallest of dads, this one person tent is great for solo trips or weekends out with the boys. The floor maxes out at a whopping 8 ft so there’s plenty of space to stretch out. The tent requires trekking poles to set up, but the weight savings is significant, at only 28 oz (790 g). There are two large side entrances and vestibules, and with both flies left open, you get 300 degree views! Great for stargazing and watching the sunrise.
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles $189.95
These 100% carbon fiber trekking poles weigh in at a mere 486 g (1 lb 1.1 oz) and have cork grips for all day comfort. The straps have been redesigned to provide a secure and comfortable fit. These come with interchangeable tech tips and are designed to be durable for four-season use in any alpine environment.
Outdoor Research Ferrosi Shorts $75
The Ferrosi line from OR is well known for being lightweight, stretchy, and quick-drying. These shorts are no exception, and they’re now made with 46% recycled material! They’re abrasion resistant and breathable, making them a go-to choice for all activities, from trail running to rock climbing. Today it seems like most products only exist to do one thing exceptionally well, but these shorts excel for all outdoor activities, helping you save money and room in your closet.
Cypher Belay Glasses $54.99
Ideal for the crag dad, Cypher’s belay glasses help eliminate the pain and discomfort from “belayer’s neck”. These handy glasses will make Dad feel like he’s 20 years younger while belaying kids, friends, friend’s kids, kid’s friends, well you get the point. They can conveniently be worn in conjunction with most eyeglasses so no need to remove glasses or sunnies to use.
Camp Nano 22 Rack Pack $39.95
These wire gate carabiners weigh only 22 ounces each, making them the lightest, fully functional carabiners around! This pack comes with 6 carabiners-great for pairing with cams, making alpine draws, you name it. Rated to 8 kilonewtons and wide enough to clove hitch any diameter rope, these carabiners are workhorses for climbing.
Camp Energy CR3 Harness $49.95
When was the last time your dad replaced his climbing harness? Or is he just now getting into climbing? Either way, the Camp Energy CR3 harness will help your dad achieve new heights. This harness is lightweight and versatile, great for gym and crag climbing. The leg loops and waist have thermo-formed padding for all day comfort, and 4 gear loops ensure plenty of room for gear on the ascent.
Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat UPF 50 $38
Protect your dad from the harmful rays of the sun this summer with a sun hat! With UPF 50 fabric, block out those UV rays with function and style. A drawcord helps keep the hat in place on windy days.
Dakine No Zone Hat $40
Is the tan hat giving off too much of an older dad vibe? Fear not! We have this patterned version from Dakine that will make the dad in your life extra cool while protecting his noggin from the sun. This hat has a breathable, well-ventilated construction that is water-friendly - the brim has foam inserts which help it float on water should it try to make an unexpected getaway.
Black Diamond Spot Lite Headlamp Regularly $30, on sale for $23.96
Chances are your dad probably already has a headlamp, but what’s the harm in having a second one as backup? This affordable headlamp is great to stash in the car or day pack, for those just-in-case scenarios when he wants to be prepared for anything.