Hudson Valley Holiday Gift Guide for Weekend Warriors
If you’re holiday shopping for someone who lives for adventure — whether it’s spending all day hiking the Catskills, climbing the Gunks, or just enjoying any opportunity to get out and explore — a new pair of slippers just isn’t going to cut it.
From winter necessities to summer day trip guides, these outdoor essentials will prepare your favorite weekend warrior for their next adventure.
Hiking Trails Book
AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Catskills & Hudson Valley - $18.95
Kenco, Kingston. Atkenco.com
Our region is filled with exciting hiking trails for all skill levels, each offering its own unique landscape, vista, wildlife, and challenges.
This trail guide provides information about 60 of the best trails from the Hudson Highlands to Albany.
Anti-Slip Shoe Grips
Kahtoola Microspikes - $69.95
Microspikes are practically a necessity for the outdoor enthusiast who won’t let a little ice get in the way of a good winter hike. Place these stainless steel spikes over your hiking boot treads for better traction during slippery conditions.
New York State Park Pass
Empire Passport - $65
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Nysparks.com
Outdoor enthusiasts will love having easier access to the forests, lakefronts, trails, and other natural splendor available to explore throughout New York’s state parks. The Empire Passport provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to a variety of parks and recreational facilities.
Rock Climbing Practice Holds
Metolius Rock Rings 3D - $29.95
Rock climbers will appreciate these innovative training devices that help build upper-body strength and stamina. Their portable design allows the rings to be used at home or on the go.
3-Season Sleeping Bag
World Famous Sports 15 Degree Sleeping Bag - $89.95
Kenco, Kingston. Atkenco.com
Enjoy camping practically year-round in this comfy sleeping bag with attached hood and microfiber lining. Synthetic insulation keeps you warm in as low as 15 degrees F.
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp - $39.95
This popular, easy to adjust headlamp is ideal for everything from navigating around an evening campsite to late-night rappels after a long day. It even works in the rain, thanks to the lamp’s waterproof packaging.
Hang Gliding Lesson
Gift Certificate - $220
Mountain Wings Flight School, Ellenville. Mtnwings.com
Give the gift of flight with an introductory hang gliding lesson. There’s no guarantee your favorite thrill-seeker will be soaring off mountaintops right away, but they still have the exciting opportunity to catch some air and glide from a training hill.
Owen & Fred Duffel Bag - $115
Woodstock General Supply, Woodstock. woodstockgeneralsupply.com
This durable duffel is an easy, grab-and-go tote that’s perfect for a quick getaway. It’s an ideal size for gym gear, fits in an overhead compartment, and is water-repellent for those last-minute car camping trips.