December 12th 2013

Wondering what to get the hiker in your clan? Here’s a list of gifts sure to please. PENTAX WG-3 Adventure Camera Waterproof. Coldproof. Shockproof. Dustproof. This adventure camera with built-in GPS is made to capture outstanding images in any element. With its 4X optical zoom, new Shake Reduction system, high resolution sensor, full HD video and anti-glare LCD that displays the time, altitude, and barometric pressure, this action cam is as trail tough as you are. Clip it to your pack and never worry about missing a shot again. Retail price: $250. Kafka Kool Tie This innovative bandana is a life saver in hot climates. Using polymer crystals, when the tie is soaked in water for 30-45 minutes the crystals expand to a cooling gel and will stay that way for several days. Wrap around your neck and feel the evaporative cooling action, lowering heart rate and blood pressure. Crystals will re-hydrate for years. Retail price: $11. MapMyHike App Is there a techie on your list? You can’t go wrong with this free app which uses the built-in GPS of your mobile device (Android, iPhone, and Blackberry compatible) to track your hiking details, including duration, distance, pace, speed, elevation, calories burned, and route traveled. Retail price: Free. Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People by Robert and Martha Manning A beautiful and inspirational read that will leave you itching to hit the trail. With first-hand descriptions of thirty of the world’s great long-distance hikes, ranging from inn-to-inn walks to backpacking treks, the book includes natural and cultural history, personal anecdotes, and practical tips with color photographs and maps. Retail price: $26. Yaktrax Walk Don't let winter weather keep you indoors. The Yaktrax Walk uses steel coils to gain greater stability while walking on snow or ice. A rubber harness expands to fit over any boot or shoe size and its spikeless design makes it easy to stay on the move even when it's nasty outside. Retail price: $20. Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket Wind-blocking, moisture-shedding and water-resistant, this cozy jacket packs down into a pocket, weighs next to nothing and performs well worn by itself or as a mid-layer. This season they’ve improved the fit with more shaping through the torso and waist, and added a soft, wicking interior storm flap and zipper garage for chin comfort when zipped up. Plus, there’s Patagonia’s commitment to environmental responsibility and ironclad guarantee. Available for men and women and as a pullover. Retail price: $199 (jacket); $149 (pullover). Black Diamond Ultra Mountain Carbon Trekking Pole These ultra lightweight trekking poles collapse into three 14-inch segments, making them compact and easy to break down and strap onto your pack or in your luggage. The pair weighs only one pound, two ounces, so if you’re a carry-on only traveler, you won’t have to worry about checking in overweight. Plus, they include carbide trekking tips, plus rubber tips and snow baskets, making them a great all-season, multi-sport pole. Retail price: $170. Icebreaker Merino Wool Hiking Socks These mid-calf merino wool socks are naturally odor-resistant and breathable. With medium cushioning in the sole, support at the Achilles and instep, a touch of Lycra and an anti-blister toe seam they provide comfort and support even for the longest days on the trail. Retail price: $30. Columbia Global Adventure Shirt This trail-to-town travel staple is built to keep you comfortable and looking sharp. Built-in UPF 50 and Omni-Wick EVAP technology mean you’ll stay dry and protected in a wide range of climates. A zip closed security pocket keeps your valuables close and roll-up sleeves easily converts it from long to short. Available for men and women. Retail price: $70. Prana Stretch Zion Convertible Pants Über comfortable, lightweight, and quick-dry, these durable hiking pants are made with a stretch nylon/spandex fabric with plenty of give. An adjustable waistband system keeps the pant secure, while a ventilated inseam gusset and mesh pocketing cools you down when things get heated. Zip-off legs let you convert between pant and short to adapt to the terrain while hiking, bouldering, or climbing. Retail price: $85 Compeed Blister Gel Pads If there’s one thing that will ruin a good hike, it’s a festering blister. Compeed Blister Gel Plasters provide immediate relief with cushioned gel protection that repels water, dirt and bacteria and can stay firmly in place for up to 3 days. Retail price: $5 (pack). Wayfarers Gift Vouchers Give your favorite adventurer a Wayfarers walking vacation to a place they've always dreamed of visiting. Have a handwritten, personalized gift voucher, unique booking code and Wayfarers brochure sent with your message. Or, have the voucher sent direct to you, so you can give it in person. Order by phone at 1-800-249-4620 in the US and Canada; 01242 620 871 in the UK, Europe & South Africa; and 02 928 4222 in Australia/New Zealand; or email The Wayfarers.

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