It’s not easy to buy a Christmas gift for the mountain man in your life. Mountain men live a very dangerous, difficult life. Their lives are consistently at risk from starvation, exhaustion, dehydration, predators attack and general exposure to the outside elements. To make life a little bit easier for them, here is a list of 10 Christmas Gift Ideas that is essential in their everyday life and survival.
10 Christmas Gift Ideas for the Mountain Man in Your Life
1- Kershaw Blur Survival Knife
Some say the knife is the most important survival tool that you can take into the wild. It slices, dices, carves, cuts, whittles, hacks, plies… With a big, slightly recurved blade ideal for multitasking, Kershaw Blurs offer amazing slicing and piercing capabilities. It features a speed safe assisted opening design for safe and easy opening and closing. The knife’s handle is made of aircraft aluminum and features Trac-Tec inserts for strong grip in any condition. Whether for slicing, skinning or defense, the Black Blur is expertly engineered by Kershaw as the perfect fit for mountain man.
2- Stainless Steel & Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle
A stainless steel water bottle is a great way to have fresh, clean water on demand while he enjoys exploring the wilderness. Hydro Flask Water Bottle is BPA-free and phthalate-free and Keeps beverages cold up to 24 hours and hot up to 12 hours when using the lid. He will use it for everything from coffee, brew and his other favorite ice cold drinks.
3- Patagonia Men’s Micro D Fleece Pullover
Keep him warm on cold stormy days. Very soft, lightweight, great quality. Thick enough to wear on its own and thin enough to layer under any coat, this Patagonia Men’s Micro D Fleece Pullover works great as an under layer when it is really cold outside and as an outer layer when engaging in physical activity.
4- The North Face One Bag Sleeping Bag
An unexpected cold night might be rare but it is something to be prepared for. North Face’s modular design incorporates two top sheets and two sets of color-coded zippers so that it can be tailored to suit your needs for various temperatures. The bag can be configured for three different climates: For mild nights of 40°F or warmer you can use the lightweight, synthetic outer layer, Utilizing just the inner layer is intended for nights 20ºF or warmer, and combining both layers creates a winter-focused bag that’s suitable for temps down to 5ºF.
Flashlight is an essential tool for any mountain man. The Fenix PD35 V2.0 is a compact and small flashlight that you can put it easily in pants leg pocket and offers the choice of 5 brightness levels along with instant strobe modes. It’s perfectly designed to help you while walking through the woods at night.
6- Fire Starter
Having a fire in the wilderness is one of the most important things a mountain man needs in order to survive the cold, keep predators away and cook a meal. Swiss Safe Fire Starter is probably the perfect manual firestarter for him to start fire in any weather condition. It comes with built-in compass, 150dB Whistle, Steel Scraper, 450LB 8core Paracord and Rod.
7- Medical Kit
A first aid kit is a critical item that should be accessible at all times. He can quickly find everything he needs in case of any emergency. It can help him in emergency situations to handle minor wounds, and even save his life! Perfect gift and a must-have for your mountain man.
8- LifeStraw Water Filter
Water is the key to survival, every cell, tissue, and organ in the body needs water to work properly. The LifeStraw water filter removes 99.9999% of all bacteria and lets your mountain man safely sip straight from the stream or lake without any pumping, squeezing or filling. Even a few sips of clean water can mean the difference between life and death.
9- Satellite Messenger
Going out into the woods often means leaving modern conveniences like mobile phone behind. In case of emergency, when you have no mobile signal it is essential to send your location to the rescue crew. Garmin inReach Explorer+ is an invaluable tool for anybody who spends a lot of time out of cell phone service in the backcountry. Between its reliable text messaging, navigation features, SOS button, and weather forecasts, it is ideal for ambitious expeditions anywhere in the world.
10- Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set
Every mountain man needs a cook set to enjoy delicious, hot food. The Stanley Adventure Camp Cook Set is extremely tough but lightweight and cooks over a camp stove, It has a lid that can double as a pasta strainer and comes with two 10oz cups, one for food and the other for hot drinks