The 2014 Hilltromper Gift Guide

by Traci Hukill and Molly Lautamo

Dec. 8, 2014—Got a special adventurenik on your list? Keep your sweetie or bestie safe, warm, fed, caffeinated and looking good when the wild comes calling.

Grit Nightshift

Is there any reason a bike light must have the personality of a black chunk of plastic? We say nay! The colorful silicone Grit Nightshift, designed in Santa Cruz by active people with good taste, melds playful styling with tough but simple design to house all the light a person might need on a two-wheeled adventure under dense canopy or fading daylight. Comes as a kit with a 36-lumen flashlight or alone so you can fit something brighter into its cartooney but seriously functional form. Great for kids too. And not that we would ever condone drinking and riding, but Grit’s under-seat-mounted Bottle Biter opener has kind of won our hearts. In four shades of flashy anodized aluminum. Find them at Nightshift $24 (kit) or $18 (light carrier alone); Bottle Biter $18. (TH)

Emberlit FireAnt Ultralight Stove

Know someone who’s serious about traveling light? This ingenious little device weighs 2.8 ounces, collapses down to a trifling ⅛ of an inch and runs on sticks and pine cones (or denatured alcohol or Esbit fuel pellets for adventures above the treeline). According to this rave from Backpacking Culture, you can get 2 cups of water to a full rolling boil in about 5 minutes. Dang. $70 at (TH)

GSI Outdoors Commuter Java Press

Even when out in the backcountry, you can’t expect the coffee connoisseur to settle for cowboy coffee. The Commuter Java Press is the perfect companion for car camping or gourmet backpacking. It’s extra insulated to keep your coffee warm even on the coldest of mountaintops and has a leakproof lid so you won’t dribble down the front of your fancy down sweater. In this combination coffee maker-and-mug, you’ll have two essential survival items in one space-saving package. At Outdoor World, 136 River St, Santa Cruz. $22.95. (ML)

Moved By Bikes Surf Racks & Dog Runner

Grommets, dog owners and grownup surfers living the dream will turn backflips when Santa leaves a Moved By Bikes Surf Rack or Dog Runner under the tree. Constructed of aluminum tubing with smart details, including quick-release capability, these super-stable bike-mounted racks keep surfboards close and galloping dogs from barreling across the front wheel. Stability’s the name of this game, and this Santa Cruz-grown startup has it figured out. Surf columnist and Hilltromper contributor Brooke Wright says the thief who gaffled the old racks off her bike actually did her a favor: “With [my new] MBB racks I could cruise confidently through downtown and along West Cliff knowing my board's weight would follow mine through bumps, wind, and turns.” Find it at most Santa Cruz surf shops or at Moved By Bikes. $135 (Surf Rack) and $85 (Dog Runner). (TH)

Fynd Fredum Chalk Bag

Chalk bags are to climbers as good socks are to hikers: They’re really not optional. Every indoor and outdoor climber, from beginner to master, needs one (or several), and luckily for the gift-givers, a chalk bag is affordable and easily shippable. With the wide variety of colors, patterns and materials out there it should be a cinch to find the perfect bag for any climber. One of our favorites, the SLO-based company Fynd Fredum, has handmade, eco-friendly bags made from recycled materials like old climbing rope and upholstery scraps. Throw in some chalk and you’ve got yourself a killer gift. At Pacific Edge Climbing Gym, 104 Bronson St #12, Santa Cruz. From $20 to $30. (ML)

The Leatherman X Roark Knife

Bottle opener? Check. Carabiner clip? Check. Screwdriver? You got two of ‘em. Oh yeah, and the knife part? It’s really awesome. Compact and light enough to go unnoticed in your pocket, it’ll have you constantly looking for fish to clean, ropes to cut, wood to whittle and any other excuse to use this beautiful knife. With a matte black handle and inscribed blade, this accessory is sure to impress all the ladies and gents. At Stripe Men, 117 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz. $88. (ML)

Adventure Out Gift Certificate

You know how everybody’s all like, “This year, give the gift of experience”? And you’re like, “Hello, Italy’s out of my price range?” Adventure Out can help solve your modern conundrum with introductory to advanced classes in climbing, surfing, survival, tracking—even kayak-making. Or spring for one of the guided backpacking excursions to mind-bending locales. It’s an easy win. Peruse the Activity Calendar here. From $89. (TH)

Pine to the Pacific Rucksack

This is a rucksack for biking around the city or hiking through the forest. Made of weather-proofed wax canvas, it protects your laptop from the elements on your ride to work. Hiking up a mountain with your handy nature guides? No problem. The sack’s adjustable leather straps and foam backing insert provide all the support you need to lug the entire Jepson manual without putting your shoulders in knots. The best part? This sweet pack is constructed entirely in San Francisco and has a lifetime guarantee. Hurry, this hipster must-have sells fast! At Alite Outpost, 3376 18th St, San Francisco. $150. Or click and buy: (ML)

Black Diamond Ion LED Headlamp

This is the headlamp for tech junkies who assume everything turns on with the swipe of a finger. Swipe across the front of the flash-drive–sized lamp for red night-vision or bright white light. This headlamp is super simple and surprisingly fun, not to mention blindingly bright at its highest setting of 80 lumens. Also, small enough to stash in your pocket so you’re never caught in the dark unprepared. Comes with batteries, like every good headlamp should. Find it at Down Works, 222 River St, Santa Cruz. $25. (ML)

Pat’s Backcountry Beer Concentrate

Your favorite beer-swilling backpacker will thank you when you present him or her with this nifty lightweight solution to the terrible backcountry problem of no beer. Just fill the BPA-free container with water, carbonate it using an Activator Packet and—just like the astronauts would!—add a packet of Pat’s specially brewed concentrated Black Hops IPA or Pale Rail. And there it is: life, complete. Read about it on GarageGrownGear. At REI or Carbonator bottle $40; 4-pack of beer concentrate $10. (TH)

Hilltromper T-shirt

Obviously! The first choice for discriminating adventurers, the Hilltromper T-shirt features the ultra-cool Hilltromper logo in front and life-changing winged boot design on the back, all in spectacular woven, breathable, all-natural, once-plantlike, 100 percent cotton. Go where the winged boot takes you! Available at our office, 877 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, or by emailing me: $15.

Did you like what you read here? Sign up for the Hilltromper newsletter and have it delivered to your inbox each week at the awesome discount of "free."


Field Notes

Plant your flag! Upload a photo, video, field note, nature poem or question for our army of (mostly) amateur naturalists.


Its full of information I am looking for and I love to post a comment that "The content of your post is awesome" Great work.
tesco flowers by post


Good artcile, but it would be better if in future you can share more about this subject. Keep posting.


Keep on sharing more ... good luck. Awesome blog.
Ski colorado


No doubt it will be very useful for my click kccatl now future projects. Would like to see some other posts on the same subject!


A debt of gratitude is in order for sharing us. earn money online


Bet on an outcome of events in Counter Strike:Global Offensive matches and earn coins for purchasing of skins in the Store.
csgo gambling


A debt of gratitude is in order for setting aside an ideal opportunity to talk about this, I feel firmly that affection and read more on this point. On the off chance that conceivable, for example, pick up learning, would you psyche overhauling your web journal with extra data? It is exceptionally helpful for me. Best Hair Transplant In Jaipur


Thanks for taking the time to discuss this,


Being a web ad delivery network, ENATIMEDIA’s sole objective is raising your cash returns by means of state-of-the-art media armamentarium. We will aid you in achieving the clear-cut result rates in ad campaign performance, traffic conversion and other criteria according to your wishes.
Ad Campaign


Are you in search of getting your Patent filed or registered. With get your patent drafted and filed by expert Patent Attorney at affordable prices and rapid speed.
patent registration


Forex Friend Loan Blogger and Blogs about Forex Trading Tips, FREE Forex Trading Strategy, How To Get Start Trading, Forex Loan, Motivational Trading Quote, Make Money With Internet Marketing, Blogging. 
Motivational Trading Quote


Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. Big thanks for the useful info.
laetrile buy


pleasant bLog! its fascinating. much thanks to you for sharing...
b17 vitamin


Should there be another persuasive post you can share next time, I’ll be surely waiting for it.
Big Booty Videos


Always so interesting to visit your site.What a great info, thank you for sharing. this will help me so much in my learning...
SEO paslaugos


professionals. I thank you to help making people more aware of possible issues.
Agencia de marketing digital


i like your website and the thme you picked is super. I will be back.
cancun airport transportation


This article was written by a real thinking writer. I agree many of the with the solid points made by the writer. I’ll be back.
Hornos Eléctricos


Should there be another persuasive post you can share next time, I’ll be surely waiting for it.
cancun international airport


Thank you for such a well written article. It’s full of insightful information and entertaining descriptions.
shared shuttle cancun airport


which is very enjoyable, but I need to additional expand. Regards.


Get your private limited company registration with at cost of Rs 13999 easy, fast, reliable, secure, complete hassle free online company registration.
private limited company


This is very interesting content!
asda helium balloons


Thanks for providing recent updates regarding the concern,
Parrilla de inducción


Fascinating and stunning how your post is! It Is Useful and accommodating for me That I like it all that much, and I am anticipating Hearing from your next.. peptides


Much obliged for the online journal stacked with such a variety of data. Ceasing by your site assisted me with getting what I was searching for. kitchen renovation


We're great for just about all to share educational things in this article this way, find some good much more from
buy wall decor online India


Your use of formatting when making your points makes your observations very clear and easy to understand. Thank you.
medical card malaysia


This is an awesome rousing article.I am essentially satisfied with your great work.You put truly extremely accommodating data. Keep it up. Continue blogging. Hoping to perusing your next post. Avio karte


much obliged to you for an incredible post. Latest Mazda 3


Natural dough made with reside issues may be unsafe if absorbed through puppies. Any time raw dough will be ingested, and comfortable, damp setting in the tummy provides an excellent setting for that candida for you to multiply, leading to a growing bulk regarding issues in the tummy. Increase of your belly could possibly be significant ample to reduce blood circulation towards the tummy wall structure. Only using a special organic dog food can solve the problem.


Thank you for some other informative blog.
reduccion de senos cancun


The web site style is perfect, the articles is really great : D. Good job, cheers
Cirugía Maxilofacial


Offering wide collection of leather briefcases made in Italy.
men's designer briefcases


I discovered this is a useful and intriguing post so i suspect as much it is extremely valuable and educated. I might want to thank you for the endeavors you have made in composing this article. Jeftine avio karte


I feel that a debt of gratitude is in order for the valuabe data and bits of knowledge you have so given here. hi8 dvd


Love to read it,Waiting For More new Update and I Already Read your Recent Post its Great Thanks. best music downloader


Thank you for another great article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information. Spring 2017 runways


Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can't wait to read lots of your posts. Easy Pi and Easy Pi Review 


More often than not I don't make remarks on sites, however I'd like to say this article truly constrained me to do as such. Truly decent post! Electricians Deptford


Super site! I am Loving it!! Will return once more, Im taking your food likewise, Thanks. Brandon Bowers


It is a quite nice site with really good article. I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts…….
how to make money online


This blog website is pretty cool! How was it made !


Great tips and very easy to understand. This will definitely be very useful for me when I get a chance to start my blog.
Media Company


I haven’t any word to appreciate this post.....Really i am impressed from this post....the person who create this post it was a great human..thanks for shared this with us.


Should there be another persuasive post you can share next time, I’ll be surely waiting for it.
essay writers online


I was seeking this particular information for a very long time. Thank you and good luck.
Refaccionaría Playa del Carmen


Much obliged to you again for all the information you distribute,Good post. I was extremely keen on the article, it's entirely motivating I ought to concede. I like going to you site since I generally go over fascinating articles like this one.Great Job, I enormously acknowledge that.Do Keep sharing! Respects, weight loss products


I've perused some well done here. Certainly worth bookmarking for returning to. I astound the amount of exertion you put to make such an awesome educational site. How to get an ex back


Nice to read your article! I am looking forward to sharing your adventures and experiences. Love Commands