The 23 Best Gifts for Rock Climbing Enthusiasts
Note: This list only features the best gifts for rock climbing enthusiasts on Amazon with at least 4.2/5 stars, and most have 20+ reviews. All featured reviews were written by verified purchasers. Product selections are 100% our own - we do not accept sponsored placements.
Has one of your friends or family members recently taken up rock climbing? Or maybe they're a seasoned veteran and conquer one crazy peak after another. Either way, their interest in climbing can make it difficult to find the best gifts for them if you don't climb yourself. That's why we put together this list - all of this climbing gear has been praised by dozens of glowing reviews, and is guaranteed to put a smile on any rock climbing enthusiast's face.
1. A pair of belay glasses will save a climber’s neck
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (50+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "These glasses are amazing they really work well and are saving my neck from pain and problems I have had in the past from too much belaying. They are made of very sturdy metal and come with a tether which keeps the glasses around your neck when not in use. I wear prescription glasses and these go right in front to allow me to see everything in focus. I never have to bend my neck to look up with these."
2. Get inspired by this coffee table book
Average rating: 4.9/5 stars (15+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "A classic! Great narrative, first class and important routes and wonderful photos. A must for a climbers library."
3. A Rolflex is the perfect treatment for sore forearms
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (80+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I'm a climber and use this before/after/during climbing sessions. I'll also use the green massager separately to hit other parts of the body. Definitely worth the investment -- your body thanks you."
4. These acupressure rings rejuvenate your tired fingers
Average rating: 4.3/5 stars (110+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Can't stress enough how pleased I am with these rings. It's amazing how well they help with sore fingers after a long day of climbing. I have also given some to my father to help with arthritis stiffness in his fingers and he likes them too."
5. This is the only mug a climber needs
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (15+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I bought this mug for my son who is a rock climbing enthusiast. He loves it. He liked the large size of it, and said the handle had a good grip (wasn't shiny and slippery) so he can actually hold it by the "rock" handle as he uses it. Would recommend."
6. No climber can have enough premium carabiners
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (150+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This is a great product. Well built high quality item. These carabiners are black and coated well. The finish is well covered and even all around. No snagging points were noted on them. The screw lock on these are great perfect for tightening and relieving a quarter turn to ensure a no bind experience. I would recommend these to those who are starting out in climbing or need back ups for their everyday use."
7. The same goes for this best-in-class chalk
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (160+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Short and sweet: I love it! No chalk can make up for bad grip strength or lack of endurance, but I think it has improved my grip confidence significantly. This chalk is a very fine powder that seems to get into every crevice of your hands and even in between your fingerprints, whereas cheaper chalks seems to just sit on top of your skin."
8. A good new chalk bag is always appreciated
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (50+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I'm a beginning climber so take my advice with a grain of salt, but I love this bag. The pocket is big enough to hold anything you'd be climbing with and a little extra. It's not stiff like a lot of bags I've seen, but I like the loose feel of it especially being such a big bag. Very easy to fit your hand in and comfy to wear around the waist for bouldering. I've had it for about a month and don't have any complaints so far."
9. These indoor/outdoor brushes are a must-have tool
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (40+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "My boyfriend gave me my first Boar's hair brush and I was instantly addicted. They just do the most amazing cleaning job I've seen of all the brushes I've known. They are a small size that gets into little crimps (my favorites) well. I use it for outdoor climbing and indoor climbing. It works fantastically for both. I highly recommend them to everyone because holds get so greasy, filled with chalk, and covered in shoe rubber."
10. If your climbing friend doesn’t wear a helmet, fix it
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (130+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This helmet is light, sturdy and very portable. Clips onto my Osprey pack's helmet loop easily. The crimping knob on the back is the same you'd expect for any construction/head protection/climbing helmet, and holds well. Easy release for when you remove it. I have a 'large' head, and this fit me perfectly fine. Straps are easy to adjust and are soft not to bite into your neck."
11. This cooler bag will keep post-climbing beers cold for as long as you need
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (80+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Love this cooler. Easy to clean, keeps things cold, easy to carry... Everything you'd expect from a yeti. I find that it flips upside down and sideways when carrying via shoulder strap, but never had any external spills due to the heavy zipper."
12. A hangboard is the best way to train at home
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (110+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This board is awesome lots of different holds all with different depths and widths. Easy to mount, the board comes with instructions and screws for it. I mounted mine to some 3/4" plywood that I painted white and hung it above a door frame. It is solid and looks pretty cool!"
13. A climber’s forearms can never get enough exercise
Average rating: 4.8/5 stars (290+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This is just what I have needed; I have had hand grip strengtheners before but never one that I could adjust the resistance. The grips I have used in the past simply had one resistance and most of the time I would stop using it. This grip I can adjust the resistance easily ranging from 22lbs to 88lbs."
14. Or opt for a more general pullup bar
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (290+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This bar is definitely the best one, I researched everywhere before buying. Reasons: it extends from both ends, and has perfectly-placed padding that covers almost the entire bar. And it stays wherever you put it."
15. This hand-crank flashlight might really come in handy one day
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (140+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "The ThorFire LED Flashlight is a pretty awesome product. We were looking for a good, cheap flashlight for a while and when I stumbled on this I figured I had to try it out. It is hard to beat a flashlight that doesn't require batteries, but I have to say that this flashlight, contrary to my initial belief is very durable and high quality. My daughter has thrown it a couple of times on pavement and it still works just like new."
16. This lotion bar is the ideal remedy for a climber’s hands
Average rating: 4.6/5 stars (210+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "This smells like a what I would imagine Heaven to smell like. It is subtle and not overbearing. This is my 3rd bar I've received and I'm absolutely thrilled with this purchase (granted I did give one away as a gift). I keep the first which is 3/4 of the way gone in my purse for everyday use and the new one in my climbing bag. My hands feel soft and moisturized after use and because it's all natural I don't feel gross if I forget I have it on and need to get something from in between my teeth (it doesn't taste bad ;)"
17. For extra hand protection, gift them climbing gloves
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (130+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "Love them. I got them for climbing and bouldering. They work well. Allow me to grip, but not be in as much pain as the hours begin to pass..."
18. A harness kit is the perfect kit for a new climber
Note: For the same harness skit in women's size, click here.
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (15+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I recently just started rock climbing for fun, and I love this combination set. I have no complaints about it. I haven't used the chalk or chalk bag yet since I don't sweat much when I climb. The harness, carabiner, and climbing belay device (ATC) have been very reliable. I like the color. It's comfortable. You can't go wrong with this set."
19. Stay warm on the mountain with the classic Patagonia Synchilla sweater
Average rating: 4.2/5 stars (30+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "A very nice lightweight fleece that one would expect from Patagonia! It looked exactly like the picture shown. I agree with others who have reviewed this product that it tends to run a bit large. I ordered a medium and it fits great. I am normally a large. I wear a t-shirt underneath and I'm fine."
20. Walking cleats are critical for icy conditions
Average rating: 4.4/5 stars (1,800+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I used these bad boys after it snowed a whopping 2 inches in Portland, Oregon the other day. I was running around Portland like Usain Bolt. I didn't slip a bit. Best < $20 purchase ever."
21. Rock rings are a great training accessory for small spaces
Average rating: 4.7/5 stars (140+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I purchased these rock rings to add more grip variety to my workouts. I do some variation of the pull up on a daily basis and find that constantly changing up my grip allows me to avoid overtraining, while challenging smaller/weaker muscles. I can take these grips on and off of my ceiling mounted pull up bar with little effort and have also found other uses for them."
22. It’s hard to top Scarpa approach shoes
Note: Click here for the women's version of this shoe.
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (80+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "They are super light weight. They are super durable, they feel like you're wearing pillows from the first day you wear them to the last, and the best reason, they smear unbelievably and grip like my sportiva climbing shoes on any rock."
23. A good headband will keep sweat and hair out of a climber’s eyes in critical moments
Average rating: 4.5/5 stars (400+ reviews)
Reviewers say: "I bought this to wear during a Tough Mudder(look it up!) to keep my fringe out of my face and it stayed put for almost the entire race, I only needed to adjust it once, and that was after about 9 miles of running, climbing, crawling, and swimming through mud!"
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