2021 Colorado Mountain Club Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoor Adventurer

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Give the gift of the outdoors this holiday season! Whether you want to help your friends and family build their skills or give them the tools to learn a new one, we’ve got some great suggestions for things they’ll find useful.

From guidebooks to gift cards, here are ten gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast on your list.

A Colorado Mountain Club Gift Membership

Gift your friends and family a membership to the CMC, and adventure together next year! This holiday season, we’re offering gift memberships and upgraded Family, Individual, and Under 30 holiday packages. (Each package comes with extra CMC merch, so it’s a great time to renew your membership, too.)


A Colorado State Parks Pass*

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All 42 Colorado State Parks have entrance fees, but a State Parks Pass is a great way to save money if you plan on visiting multiple times. Colorado Parks & Wildlife recently partnered with an educational gaming platform to create augmented reality trail missions at 13 parks, giving visitors an opportunity to actively learn while they explore Colorado’s beautiful landscapes.


Mountain Side Gear Rental Gift Card*

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If they’re new to the outdoors and unsure of what kind of adventures they want to embark on, a Mountain Side Gear Rental gift card will give them a chance to test out a few options. Rent full camping and backpacking kits, snowshoes, kid carriers, clothing, accessories, and anything else you’ll need for your trip.


A Rocky Talkie*

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Poor communication is a leading cause of outdoor accidents, so keep your friends and family safe with a reliable radio made specifically with outdoor athletes in mind. Rocky Talkies are simple to use but still offer advanced features, including privacy codes to prevent outside interference.


CMC Press Books*


Help them prepare for their next excursion with a detailed CMC Press guidebook or a smaller, easy-to-carry pack guide. We’ve got books that cover a wide range of activities in various Colorado regions, and our Guide to Western National Monuments expands to 11 Western states. Our newest release, Wild Eats, is a no-fuss cookbook featuring 60+ recipes for backpacking or car camping. Find fresh powder without the hassles of a crowd with the help of our Ski Touring Routes: Colorado Front Range guidebook. The Best Front Range Bird Hikes is packed full of information for birders, including 30 of the best trails for spotting birds along the Front Range, information on 175 species, and the best seasons for spotting them. Both adult and children can unwind while they color some of Colorado’s most iconic scenes in Coloring Colorado. Whether you’re ready to explore our winter wonderland or are dreaming of next summer’s camping trips, we’ve got a CMC Press book to help you plan.


A Bentgate Gift Card*

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If there’s more personalized gear on their wish list, like footwear and clothing, a gift card to Bentgate is a solid choice. If you’re in the Golden, CO area, it’s also a great way to support a local business this holiday season.


A Climbing Gym Day Pass

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Climbing gyms are great places to improve indoor skills, prep for outdoor adventures, take a class, and find community. Give them a taste of the rope climbing and bouldering world with a day pass to their closest gym.


A Warm Coat from Rab

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Winter activities are more enjoyable when you’re warm and cozy, and Rab’s durable all-weather insulation and stormproof outerwear make the perfect gift for any outdoor lover who plans on spending time out in the snow this season.


Technical Equipment from CAMP*

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If they’re looking to improve their outdoor climbing skills in the new year, help them progress with some gear from CAMP. From helmet accessories to crampons, they’ve got you covered from head to toe. (They’ve also got an outlet store so you can save big.)


Discounted Gear and Clothing through ExpertVoice*


If you’re a CMC member, you have access to ExpertVoice. ExpertVoice has partnered with hundreds of brands that want to reward people who are passionate and experienced with insider access, sneak peeks, product seeding, and exclusive discounts. In order to access these awesome benefits, you simply have to review some information about the company and take a quiz to prove you’re an expert and unlock your perks. To access ExpertVoice, log in to your CMC account, click ‘Member Benefits’, and scroll down to the ExpertVoice section.


*CMC members get a discount on these items as a member benefit. See full list of membership benefits here.

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