It took a year off, but the Gimme Gimme Gift Guide is back in full effect. It may look different, but the feels are the same. What are the things that you/we want for the holiday season? But then, at the same time there are things that you need to give. Turns out that some of these things may overlap at times. And just so that you don't get us wrong, "Gimme Gimme" is based on an overarching principle, that if it's something that you want, it is most likely something that would be well received.
We just got back from a camping trip in Death Valley (damn, that place is cool) so we had sorted through all of our gear and knew where everything was. So, we figured, why not go with our Camp Hike selections for round two of the Gimme Gimme Gift Guide.
This one is good though because we've got magazines and knives (always knives) and backpacks and stoves and pots and socks and coffee and sticks and magazines and tents and fleece and hats and sporks and all kinds of cool stuff. Ok, let's just get started.
Adventure Journal Issue 06 & 07 - $18 (in store)
Cecil Burro Pack - $240
Uline Digi Camo Flashlight - Buy a Bunch of Shit from Uline.com
Bundle O' Sticks - FREE - Any old park or forest
The kind folks at Adventure Journal emailed last week to tell us about their latest issue and how cool it is. And remind us that we actually forgot to order the previous issue, so maybe this would be a good time to stock up on both. Good thinking gang! I didn't want to tell them at the time, but we were actually trying to punish them for their attempt at throwing a hex on us with their article about petrified wood in one of their earlier editions. We're over it now and it's true that their mag is one of our favorites, even if we get busy and forget to order.
The Cecil Burro Pack is also one of our favorites. Not only because of its dynamic use of Dyneema fiber as the body of the pack, but that is one of the reasons. The main reason is because it has become our go to pack to roll up and take along as a day pack. We always take too much shit and then have to dump it all out on a hotel bed just to use the bag for a day. But not since we've been rolling this little beauty up and taking it along with us. Plus, these bags just get better with age, all those krinkles. Kind of like Brad Pitts face. Don't argue.
Thick Wool Hiker - Edamame Green - $30
Opinel No. 12 Explore Survival Knives - $49 (in store as well)
Snowpeak Titanium Spork - $9.95
Taxus Brevifolia (yew) Branch - Free in the Pacific Northwest
There's nothing as painful as cold feet while you're out in the woods. Or out in the world for that matter. So, that's why we recommend just keeping these thick wool hiker socks on at all times. Their merino so your feet won't even smell (that) much. It's a science fact I believe. I mean, have you smelled sheep out in the wild? Daisies. They smell like daisies (which smell like actual crap if you've ever taken a whiff. Actually where the phrase "pushing up daisies" comes from, because people thought that they smelled like rotting tissue. True story.
Opinel Knives on the other hand, they do not stink. They smell kind of like plastic, but that's besides point. They cut and they also rip, right? That's what you would do with those little hooks at the back end of the knife. Skin something with it. Very useful. These are like a designer version of those Rambo knives we were all obsessed with as kids. Except for the fishing line and compass. These do have a whistle aspect to them though.
Snowpeak Sporks. Not much to say about these guys either. They're just incredibly useful. You can spear little bits of steak or vegetable with the prong ends and stir your hot cocoa ALMOST at the same time. Well, you could if there were bits of steak in the bottom of your hot cocoa. Which, hopefully they aren't. Bonus Points: titanium is incredibly light. No one wants a heavy spork.
Danner Bull Run Moc Toe Work Boot - $180
RedRum Wool Socks - $30
Chartreuse - Wherever Fine booze is sold
I'm torn with these boots. Do I want to keep them looking nice? Or beat the crap out of them and then have them look like those cool old work boots that your uncles and aunts used on the farm. You know, the ones with the wings that are red. However, these are made in Portland which makes them infinitely cooler. Ask anyone.
Redrum! Redrum! You'll be just fine running around the house after your boyfriend / girlfriend / spouse / pet saying that over and over in these socks. And you'll be really warm to boot. (Get it?) I'm actually wearing these now, as I type this, so it sort of lends some validity to what we're trying to do here.
Chartreuse 1605 - now, this I'm scared of. It smells a bit "like shaving" as my wife just said as I took a swing of it. Comes from the Massif de la Chartreuse, which sort of makes sense. This liquor smells like Christmas, so bring a bottle with you. Plus, it sort of matches those green Hiker Socks. And it definitely smells like shaving.
Topo Designs Watch Cap - $22 (in store)
Sunski Foxtails - Amber - $55
The New Complete Walker - by Colin Fletcher (Amazon from $1.99)
The Topo Designs Watch Cap - you need one of these. Especially if your head gets cold when you go outside, you have a receding hairline, or like to look like someone from a Wes Anderson film, or a barista in Portland. Ironically, these are made in mini Portland aka Denver Colorado. Actually Denver might be larger than Portland, but not in Hipster Status.
Now, the Sunski Glasses. These have to be a standout hit from 2017. We brought them in after meeting the owners at Outdoor Retailer a year ago August. They started the company after their chip dipping bowl took off. I'll let you research that one. But, these stylish glasses are $55 and their polarized, what more can you really ask for?
The NEW Complete Walker I picked up at a cool bookstore in Monterey, California. Pretty sure that's where it was. We were stopped there during the Tour of California and had some time to kill and I was completely enthralled with the cover. So, I guess this whole Gift Guide is just our attempt to re-create it. How'd we do?
If whomever you're buying gifts for (yourself?) is into Hiking, this could be your ticket. Anything on this list in fact could be your ticket. Everyone needs new glasses, or a pack or definitely some socks. Can't go wrong with the socks. There are a few other things in the photo that don't necessarily appear in the guide, but that's because they were props. You can find a cool headlamp if you really look. I promise.
Make sure to check out our other Gimme Gimme Gift Guide: French Edition.