Tiso Gift GuidesGifts for Climbers
At Tiso, a passion for climbing runs deep through our veins, from our roots in 1962 selling climbing gear from the back room of an Edinburgh boat shop, to being the largest provider of climbing and mountaineering kit in Scotland today. We take pride in helping the entire climbing community, from the beginner trying on their first pair of climbing shoes, to the experienced adventurer pushing themselves to the most extreme limits. Know someone that is looking to start climbing or is already embedded within the community? Our climbing mad team that knows the ropes have tied together a list of some of their favourite pieces of climbing swag that will make great gifts and stocking fillers for both newbies and pro-climbers alike.
Ultimate Crag Swag
An experienced climber knows that the route to successfully topping out, whether at the bouldering gym or at the crag is a mix of having efficient and dynamic technique alongside bomber grip strength. This is where the Beastmaker 1000 comes in. You’ll find these in every climbing gym training room as it is a great tool for developing grip and forearm strength. The 1000 features sockets of varying depths, plus jugs and slopers for training different fingers and muscle groups. It covers the bases for training on most types of holds, so is a great way to develop strength for new climbers. If the climber in your life is more experienced, then perhaps you should consider gifting them the Beastmaker2000 which makes use of more complicated sockets for a bigger challenge!
YY Triangle and YY Duo
The YY Triangle and the YY Duo deliver grip strength training for climbers on the go. We rate them as they are perfect for those that enjoy training outdoors or for the travel lovers out there. Simply grab a sling, double it, or make a lark’s foot knot, wrap it around an iron bar or a strong branch, whack in a karabiner, clip your fingerboards on and they’re good to go!
To help us achieve full send, we sometimes need a little bit of mental encouragement. Meet our crazy friend Bruno from 8bplus. Bruno is a chalk bag that’ll have your climbing buddies’ back no matter what, with one big eye to see all, and a charmingly furry exterior, he is ready to hold onto your friends’ chalk and encourage them up the wall to overcome any crux. If you also know a climber that is super into bouldering, then why not gift them this uber large chalk bag from Moon. They can simply put it below their project, keep room inside for snacks, and the roll-top closure system ensures chalk won’t get everywhere!
Do you know a climber who has just learned how to belay and needs their first belay device to get them started? Why not introduce them to the Big Air XP Belay Package from Black Diamond? This set includes an ATC (Air Traffic Controller) belay plate that has been redesigned far lighter than previous models and has high friction stopping power for catching big falls! ATC style belay devices are often the first pieces of kit that new climbers learn how to get a grip on as they are the most important tool in the trade! As a bonus, this package includes a screwgate carabiner, so they have all they need to get started.
If you know someone who is making their first ascents at the crag, lead climbing at their local gym or has just invested in their first rope, then they might need a solid rope bag. The DMM Classic is an excellent piece of kit to get them started on their journey. With 35 litres of storage, this bag has enough room for up to two 60m half ropes or an 80m single rope along with other essentials like a harness and shoes. Plus, a zipped pocket at the top provides extra storage for valuables and snacks!
At the climbing gym, layers of chalk can really build up on the holds. This can negatively affect performance as the excess layer of chalk lessens a climber’s ability to secure a solid grip on the hold. Therefore, every climber should keep a brush on them to clean off this layer. By gifting a brush set, the climber in your life can help keep the gym or crag in good condition for everyone and maintain good practice.
This Neck Gaiter from Patagonia would make a perfect gift for not only climbers but all outdoor enthusiasts, we rate it as it’s made entirely from recycled fabrics and is Fairtrade Certified Sewn. This accessory is great for providing a little bit of lightweight warmth and protection, whether climbing outdoors or at the gym - which can often be quite a cold place!
The Gripsaver Plus Medium is a flexible hand exerciser that can stretch hand and finger muscles through a wide range of motions. This helps to strengthen and condition the muscles, offering both rehabilitation and injury prevention. These would make a great gift or stocking filler for serious climbers who want to keep in tip-top shape or recover from an injury.
Sometimes the best adventures can be found in our own back gardens, and this guide can help find them! Centred around Scotland’s largest city, this book highlights some of the awesome bouldering sites that can be found around Glasgow. Guides like this are great for helping climbers find detailed information about bouldering spots near them to try out, when transport or time may be limited. Check out the rest of our guidebook library to browse other climbing locations that might be closer to the climber you know!
Edelrid have been a trusted provider of alpine kit since 1863 - how’s that for history?! So, you can be sure that these folks know what they’re doing. These gloves would make a great companion for the climber in your life as they are great for belaying, traversing via ferratas and big wall climbing. The palm is made from plush calf leather that provides awesome protection, especially when managing ropes. Foam inserts provide a bit of knuckle protection which means these gloves would also work well when dry tooling.
Alex Honnold blew us all away when ‘Free Solo’ first debuted, not only was his feat in scaling El Capitan’s 900 metre face in Yosemite National Park extraordinary, but it also sparked a renewed interest in the climbing scene globally, with many newly inspired climbers taking up the sport we love. In Alone on the Wall, he shares with us his other biggest climbing achievements and reveals his personal philosophy and mindset that helped him to reach his level of climbing success. A special gift for someone who is looking for inspiration and fascinating tales of adventure.
Gifts for Climbers
We hope that this list has helped you to gather some ideas for your climbing friends and family. Climbers appreciate well-made products that will be useful, help them build technique and, most importantly, keep them safe. If you want to chat about the best climbing products, then head down to any of our Tiso stores where you can find expert advice from our team who will be more than happy to help you!