hiker with minimal outdoor gear

For adven­tur­ous folk, out­door gear is like skin­ny jeans to hip­sters; it’s essen­tial. In fact, you prob­a­bly have five brows­er tabs open to var­i­ous gear sites right now. How­ev­er, get­ting all the gear can get out of con­trol fast. So, below, we’ve list­ed the stuff you need and the crap you should skip, thus sav­ing your mon­ey for, well, more cool­er gear.

Take It With You

Hydra­tion Pack:
You need water. It’s super sweet to not have to car­ry it or attach it to var­i­ous parts of your body via cara­bin­er (I know you think this makes you look cool and rugged. It doesn’t. Stop it.)

Hik­ing Boots:
Whether you’re a hik­er, camper, climber, or canyoneer-er, the great out­doors demands a stur­dy, water­proof, high-top boot. Buy some. Now.

A blade can repair gear, help you build a fire, and make you look way cool­er and sex­i­er than you actu­al­ly are. A fixed blade is much sharp­er and stur­dier than your nails.

Gear that Keeps You Warm and Dry:
Even if it’s the most gor­geous, clear day you’ve ever seen in your life, it’s always a good idea to have this gear or, at least, keep it in your car.

  • Rain Shell
  • Gloves–waterproof, obvi­ous­ly
  • Wool Socks/Wool Hat–Smart Wool and Darn Tough are eff­ing awesome.
  • Syn­thet­ic Puffy Vest–more water­proof, and bound to keep you dry­er than down (think about the baby duckies…quack, quack)

Strike Any­where Matches:
As the name sug­gests, they work any­where. Just keep ‘em dry.

Duct Tape/Athletic Tape:
Repair gear, use as a makeshift ban­dage to stop bleed­ing (Seri­ous­ly, the ladies will eat that up when you cut your arm on a super sweet move while climb­ing some­thing epic and then cov­er it with duct tape).

It’s a lamp, but it goes on your head, so you can use your hands.


Of all the gear you’ll come across, there’s bound to be a few things that are just down-right exces­sive. Ultra­light pack­ers would refer to these items as “overkill.”

Leave It Home

Any type of Hik­ing San­dal / Road Run­ning Shoe:
Yeah, so your feet are gonna get hot in your hik­ing boots. Cry me a riv­er. Pic­ture this: you slip on a rock, you start to slide. Next thing you know, you’re in Yosemite Med­ical Clin­ic with a shat­tered ankle that broke your fall–you’re effed, and not in a good way.

Per­son­al sto­ry? Maybe. Do I make a point? Absolute­ly. Cov­er­ing and pro­tect­ing your feet whilst out and about in nature is one of the most impor­tant things you can do. Do it.

GPS Devices/Cellphones:
In some sit­u­a­tions, these elec­tron­ics can be help­ful but, by and large, they can’t be relied upon. Learn to read maps, leave a note detail­ing your where­abouts, and if you’re tex­ting on the moun­tain then you’re prob­a­bly doing it wrong. All of it.

Ear Muffs:
You lose a ton of heat through the ball of your head. You might as well light your ear­muffs on fire. They’re just that use­less. Invest in a wool hat that cov­ers your entire head, as well as your ears.

Bic Lighters:
Lighters run out of fuel, get wet, and mal­func­tion. Use strike any­where match­es or a firestarter.

Flash Light:
Head­lamps are way hot­ter and again, keep your hands free.

A Tent:
Yep, I said it. Tents are cool and can pro­vide you some shel­ter from the ele­ments but they aren’t 100% nec­es­sary. Instead, sleep in your sleep­ing bag, under the stars. Car camp if you’re at a site, or invest in a light­weight bivvy for emer­gency sit­u­a­tions. Many ultra­light pack­ers are also opt­ing for a light­weight tarp.

Mem­bers, click through for insid­er pric­ing on dai­ly deals!

Fresh on the menu today:






Prince­ton Tec: Prince­ton Tec has been bat­tling the Dark Side of the out­doors with rev­o­lu­tion­ary illu­mi­na­tion tech­nol­o­gy since 1975. Inspired by human-pow­ered explo­ration, the brand works with adven­ture ath­letes to design the bright­est, most rugged tools for any con­di­tion. 





Evolv: When Chris Shar­ma sent the only 5.15b route in the world, Jum­bo Love, he was wear­ing Evolv climb­ing shoes. The supe­ri­or edg­ing, ultra-grip­py rub­ber, and com­fort­able fit makes the choice a no-brain­er. Evolv can’t take the cred­it for Sharma’s accom­plish­ments, but they are the choice of the world’s best rock climber.





ClimbX: Full of inno­va­tion, com­mit­ted to the core of climb­ing, and pro­duc­ing sus­tain­able-mind­ed prod­ucts for the glob­al climb­ing com­mu­ni­ty, ClimbX’s prod­uct line has with­stood 8 years of test­ing before mak­ing its debut. Now they’re span­ning the globe. If your knuck­les are skinned raw and you have chalk stains on your jeans, you’re already a mem­ber of the ClimbX tribe. Their devo­tion to climb­ing shows in the shoes and hard­ware fea­tured here.






Moun­tain Mama: There’s one adven­ture that’s often over­looked in the out­door indus­try – hav­ing chil­dren. That’s why Moun­tain Mama cre­ates active mater­nal appar­el and gear for women expect­ing the biggest adven­ture of all. Made in the U.S.A. with moth­er­ly love, this award-win­ning brand brings a gen­tle, sus­tain­able touch to this col­lec­tion of fleeces, pants, and dresses.





Get a Grip, Climb­ing Equip­ment: Your fore­arms are pumped. Your leg is doing the Elvis shake. Browse this col­lec­tion of climb­ing gear from pre­mi­um brands like Push­er, Rev­o­lu­tion, and Fusion before you take that scream­er. From hard­ware, to crash pads, to chalk bags, and more, this col­lec­tion will help you send that route.





Camp Essen­tials: Turn the lantern down low. Fire up the alco­hol stove. Bust out your tita­ni­um spork and dig into those freeze-dried noo­dles. Zagat might not rate your spot, but with the lanterns, stoves, and cook­ware in this col­lec­tion, your back­coun­try kitchen will serve up 5‑star ambiance.





Trail Ready Women’s Footwear: Blis­ters and twist­ed ankles are for the ill-equipped. With the right footwear you can go any­where. Find the per­fect pair­ing of trail socks and shoes here. Click through to shop our col­lec­tion of hik­ing shoes, boots, and socks by Teva, Patag­o­nia, adi­das, & more. 





Trail Ready Men’s Footwear: Ham sand­wich, no mayo. Apple, sliced. Ener­gy bars, cho­sen. Trail mix, per­fect­ed. It feels good to be dialed in. But all the prepa­ra­tion in the world won’t stop your per­fect path from turn­ing into a trail of tears if you aren’t wear­ing the prop­er footwear. Get it here. Click through to shop this col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing Tim­ber­land, Tech­ni­ca, Colum­bia, and more.





Per­for­mance Socks: Deformed by the dry­er, chewed on by a dog, it doesn’t take long before your sock draw­er becomes an assort­ment of ragged, one-eyed mis­fits. Over­haul your sock draw­er with the per­for­mance socks in this exten­sive col­lec­tion by top brands such as Teko, Salomon, and much more!




Into the WildDid you know?

On Sep­tem­ber 6th, (that’s today!), 1992, a local Alaskan hunter, Butch Kil­lian dis­cov­ered the body of Christo­pher McCan­d­less in an aban­doned bus on the Stam­pede Trail just out­side of Denali Nation­al Park in the Alaskan inte­ri­or. McCan­d­less’ diary depict­ed his 113–day attempt to live off the land eat­ing plants, por­cu­pine, and cari­bou before suc­cumb­ing to star­va­tion. John Krakauer’s book Into the Wild and Sean Penn’s movie by the same title depict­ed McCan­d­less as an ide­al­is­tic young man search­ing for adventure.





Mem­bers, click through for insid­er pric­ing on dai­ly deals!

Fresh on the menu today:


Teva: Teva works with non­prof­it con­ser­va­tion orga­ni­za­tions to help keep the world’s liq­uid play­grounds clean. For every pair of Teva shoes sold, the com­pa­ny pro­tects a lin­ear foot of glob­al water­ways in rivers, lakes, and oceans. In 2012, the com­pa­ny will stew­ard some­thing in the neigh­bor­hood of 4.4 mil­lion lin­ear feet. Sup­port a great com­pa­ny and a great cause with Men’s and Women’s Teva footwear, avail­able now at The Clymb for mem­ber-exclu­sive pric­ing! 


Rock Ready: Your fore­arms are pumped. Your leg is doing the Elvis shake. Browse this col­lec­tion of climb­ing gear from top brands, like Five Ten, Rev­o­lu­tion, Pri­mo, and oth­ers before you take that scream­er. Today’s col­lec­tion fea­tures climb­ing shoes, crash pads, chalk, chalk bags, and a whole lot more!


Bam­boo Bot­tle Com­pa­ny: Bam­boo Bot­tle Com­pa­ny designs durable, insu­lat­ed, BPA-free bot­tles with a sleek bam­boo exte­ri­or. The eas­i­ly remov­able, dish­wash­er-safe, glass inte­ri­or is made from com­plete­ly nat­ur­al sub­stances and able to with­stand active out­door lifestyles. Warn­ing: Not Pan­da Proof.


Bergans of Nor­way: Bergans of Nor­way is a name to trust. Since 1934, they have designed prod­ucts that rev­o­lu­tion­ize expe­di­tions. Their founder, Ole F. Bergans, invent­ed the first exter­nal frame ruck­sack. They’ve applied that inno­v­a­tive spir­it to their appar­el, canoes, tents, sleep­ing bags, and more. Today’s col­lec­tion fea­tures Men’s and Women’s down jackets.


Fal­con Guides: That dog-eared Fal­con Guide in your pack is more than a book; it’s a friend. It’s saved your butt more times than you care to admit. Since 1979, the author­i­ta­tive pub­lish­er has print­ed over 700 titles cov­er­ing the entire spec­trum of activ­i­ties in Amer­i­ca’s wilder­ness gems. Get the low-down on a new locale now!


Optic Nerve: The days of awe­some East­wood glares are gone. With a pair of polar­ized lens­es from Optic Nerve, you can watch with­out squint­ing as your friends pull good, bad, and ugly tricks on snow or water. The polar­ized lens­es block 99.9% of harm­ful UV rays.  So go ahead, stare at the world with­out the glare.



Bal­loon Over the Alps: Did you know?

On August 21 (that’s today!), 1972, Don Cameron and Mark Yarry became the first peo­ple to fly a hot air bal­loon over the Alps. The pair launched from Zer­matt, Switzer­land, and pilot­ed their bal­loon, the Cumu­lo Nim­bus, to 17,798ft over some of the high­est peaks in the Alps, includ­ing Monte Rosa and the Mat­ter­horn. Their voy­age end­ed 36 miles away in the small, pas­toral town of Biel­la, Italy, where thou­sands of res­i­dents swarmed to con­grat­u­late the bal­loon­ists on their accomplishment.

Ear­li­er this week we asked our Face­book fans which was the one human-pow­ered adven­ture they were most look­ing for­ward to in 2012. We received many great respons­es and noticed that a lot involved climbing.

“Epic climb­ing in Col­orado and climb­ing Mt. Whit­ney this summer!”

“Climb­ing Mt Hood!”

“5 days in the whites, climb­ing 12 peaks with my ven­ture crew in the sum­mer. From Mt. Web­ster all the way to Wash­ing­ton and then up to Madison. “

“Climb­ing the Grand Teton!”

We couldn’t resist the chance to get you Rock Ready with some of the best climb­ing gear and appar­el avail­able. This Saturday’s climb­ing event fea­tures Ster­ling Rope, Five Ten, Evolv, ClimbX, and more. Shop now!

You can shop this and all our events with lim­it­ed time $4.98 flat ship­ping or add a The Clymb t‑shirt to your order so that the whole order ships for free.

Also Fea­tured This Week:

ELECTRIC Eye­wear, Appar­el, and Acces­sories, Plus SUUNTO For Women

Patag­o­nia, Optic Nerve, Men’s Out­er­wear, & Alpine Mentors

Get Out­side All Year Long With Merrell

There were many amaz­ing ascents in 2011; it’s a won­der Out­side Mag­a­zine man­aged to nar­row them down to just ten. But take on that unen­vi­able task they did, and with much suc­cess man­aged to pick ten sto­ries that encap­su­late the dis­ci­pline and spir­it of climb­ing. From a nine-year-old girl who tore though Hue­co Tanks, Texas to Adam Ondra whose most out­stand­ing sends last year includ­ed two V16s… in two months.

We want you to be rock­ready for 2012 which is why we’re fea­tur­ing climb­ing gear from brands like Evolv, Five Ten, Push­er, and more, plus sum­mit tools like nav­i­ga­tion­al watch­es, pedome­ters, and com­pass­es from HIGHGEAR.

North Pole. South Pole. Mt. Ever­est in One Year. Extreme adven­ture seek­ers are sure­ly wired dif­fer­ent­ly than most. See how HIGH­GEAR’s Eric Larsen plans to save the poles:

Also Fea­tured This Week:

Cau­tion: The Stoke Warn­ing is in Full Effect with VonZip­per and Philips|O’Neill

pho­to cred­its: Denali, Kil­i­man­jaro, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Ever­est

Today’s events are extra spe­cial. First, we’re excit­ed to announce today’s Karhu event fea­tures, for the first time in the U.S., ath­let­ic appar­el. Known for pro­duc­ing run­ning gear that adheres to the con­cept of nat­ur­al momen­tum, achieved by their patent­ed ful­crum tech­nol­o­gy, Karhu is now offer­ing a line of appar­el that lives up to that same stan­dard. You won’t be able to find this cloth­ing any­where else in the U.S. Mem­bers of The Clymb can shop this exclu­sive Karhu footwear and appar­el event with spe­cial mem­ber pric­ing here.

We also have a mega climb­ing event fea­tur­ing climb­ing gear from some of your favorite brands like Arc’teryx, Push­er, ClimbX, Fusion, FiveTen, and JTree. Shop their hard­ware, har­ness­es, and shoes at up to 60% off now.

Pho­to Cour­tesy of Joshua Tree Skin Care

And while there’s a lot going on there, there’s still time to shop our events fea­tur­ing VIVOBAREFOOT, Canari, Vaude, Slum­ber­jack, and Sock­Guy. Every­thing you pur­chase will ship for free with the pur­chase of an exclu­sive The Clymb tee. 

With so many great events, if you don’t have an invite now would be a good time to get one by drop­ping by Face­book or Twit­ter.


It’s time to reach new heights this sum­mer. Whether you’re an excit­ed new­bie or an expe­ri­enced vet­er­an, we’ve got climb­ing gear and shoes — from chalk bags to crash pads — that will help you get high­er than ever before. At up to 50% off, mem­bers of The Clymb can stock up on Climb X, Rev­o­lu­tion, Push­er, and Five Ten. For those about to ROCK, click here.

Also at up to 50% off, Salo­man socks and shoes: socks made from the most durable fibers with anti-blis­ter­ing wick­ing and pro­vid­ing max­i­mum ven­ti­la­tion and top-of-the-line shoes and boots made for all day pro­tec­tion and com­fort. Shop our Salomon event here.

For ques­tions about these and oth­er events, or to snatch up an invite, stop by our Face­book and Twit­ter pages. We’ll be shar­ing some excit­ing info on an upcom­ing event over the next few days and you won’t want to miss it. Have a great weekend!

We’ve got three brand events begin­ning today and all bring some­thing special.

We’re always aim­ing to full fill your requests for more climb­ing gear and acces­sories. I think today we have deliv­ered and then some — not just one, but two climb­ing gear events. First, Rev­o­lu­tion Climb­ing is ded­i­cat­ed to sup­port­ing the world­wide com­mu­ni­ty of boul­der­ing, pro­vid­ing gear and acces­sories that are both afford­able, acces­si­ble and made here in the U.S.A. In our first Rev­o­lu­tion Climb­ing event, you can receive exclu­sive mem­ber pric­ing on their crash pads and climb­ing acces­sories. Check out the selec­tion here.

Next up, crash pads and train­ing boards from Push­er — also made in the U.S. and some of the most envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly climb­ing train­ing gear on the mar­ket. Push­er designs and man­u­fac­tures high qual­i­ty, inno­v­a­tive climb­ing holds and climb­ing gear. Our Push­er event also offers exclu­sive mem­ber savings.

And Father’s Day is near and we’ve put togeth­er so many great brands in one event that should please the out­door Dad in your life: Zeal, Eagle Creek, Swiss Army, SOG, ICON Lights, Alps, Slum­ber­jack, Drift Inno­va­tion and Native, all at up to 60% off with guar­an­teed deliv­ery by Father’s Day. Shop the Father’s Day event here.

Drop by Twit­ter or Face­book with any ques­tions about these or oth­er events or if you need an invitation.

Atten­tion climbers: we have an event you’re going to love. We know this for sure because you’ve been ask­ing for it. Arc’teryx has come to The Clymb! Syn­ony­mous with the best qual­i­ty, high­est per­form­ing mate­ri­als in the most inno­v­a­tive and durable designs and con­struc­tion, Arc’teryx climb­ing gear is world class. Mem­bers, take a look at the Arc’teryx har­ness­es we have avail­able to you only, at mem­ber exclu­sive prices, here.

Today we also have a selec­tion of Kilo­watt Bikes - bikes made for us who like to ride to get from point A to B and reduce our car­bon foot­prints while relax­ing and liv­ing health­i­er. Enjoy up to 70% off Kilo­watt Bikes now.

Final­ly, we’re offer­ing a styl­ish selec­tion of SPY sun­glass­es for spring. Select shades and designs for men and women at up to 60% off, just for being a mem­ber. Check it out.

I’m hap­py to extend a Clymb invite if you need a mem­ber­ship. Just come by Twit­ter or Face­book.

Good morn­ing, guys. Hope­ful­ly you all spent your week­end enjoy­ing gor­geous weath­er and appre­ci­at­ing the spe­cial Moms in your lives. We want to keep the good vibes going (Who says Mon­days have been to be blah?) by start­ing off the week with three brand events.

ClimbX is climb­ing gear and shoes made by climbers who are devot­ed to sus­tain­abil­i­ty and giv­ing back to the glob­al com­mu­ni­ty. We’re offer­ing our mem­bers an excep­tion­al col­lec­tion of their climb­ing gear and shoes like the Rock­mas­ter, which received the fol­low­ing praise from Climb­ing Mag­a­zine: “a flat, sym­met­ric last, unlined leather uppers, and mid-vol­ume design make this a com­fort­able kick for all-day use.” Check out our ClimbX event — up to 50% off — here.

Stonewear Designs makes climb­ing, trav­el, hik­ing, fit­ness and yoga appar­el for women, right here in the U.S.A. Their high-qual­i­ty, com­fort­able fab­ric designs are meant to last a life­time of phys­i­cal activ­i­ty. Clymb mem­bers will receive up to 60% off their yoga and climb­ing appar­el here.

Native Eye­wear chal­lenges you to explore your habi­tat with their inno­v­a­tive sun­glass­es and googles. Gen­tle­men, our 3‑day Native event is exclu­sive­ly for you at up to 50% off right now.

You won’t be able to access the events with­out being a mem­ber, but I can extend an invite if you drop in at Twit­ter or on Face­book.

Sup­pos­ed­ly, March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. We pre­fer to see it out with a bang; a boda­cious blow-out of bar­gains. How’s that for alliteration?

First, up to 50% off Reef san­dals for men, women and kids. Reef is the world-lead­ing brand of surf-inspired footwear. Make your feet hap­py, here.

Also at up to 50% off, Salomon Footwear trail and hik­ing footwear and extra breath­able socks for men and women. Get your feet into Salomon’s ath­lete-proven tech­nol­o­gy here.

There’s a sweet selec­tion of pants and shorts for men and capris for women from Moun­tain Khakis, all at exclu­sive mem­ber pric­ing. Have a look.

Final­ly, there have been requests on our Face­book page for climb­ing rope. Get exclu­sive mem­ber pric­ing on two sizes of Ster­ling Rope in three col­ors. Get some here.

As usu­al, our deals are for mem­bers only, but we’re giv­ing out invites on Twit­ter and Face­book all the time. We’re gen­er­ous like that so stop by if you’re in need.