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.


Wow amazing bike i think its on sale on cv monsters uk site, but not like this exact same bike i mean a similar model to it, so if anyones interested in buying one should really visit that site, its 10% off there as well!


Much obliged for another superb post. Where else would anybody be able to get that sort of information in such a perfect method for composing? online fashion shop


hello!! Very interesting discussion glad that I came across such informative post. Keep up the good work friend. Glad to be part of your net community. download plr products


Much obliged to you for some other enlightening online journal. Where else might I be able to understand that kind of data written in such a perfect means? I have a mission that I'm a few seconds ago taking a shot at, and I have been at the post for such data. plumbers bexleyheath 


A debt of gratitude is in order for the significant data and bits of knowledge you have so given here... dianabol steroid


Positive webpage, where did u think of the data on this posting?I have perused a couple of the articles on your site now, and I truly like your style. You're the best and please keep up the viable work. accountant in tamworth


A debt of gratitude is in order for imparting pleasant data to us. i like your post and all you impart to us is uptodate and very useful, i might want to bookmark the page so i can come here again to peruse you, as you have made a brilliant showing. gaia wertvolle


Much obliged to you for some other enlightening online journal. Where else might I be able to understand that kind of data written in such a perfect means? I have a mission that I'm a few seconds ago taking a shot at, and I have been at the post for such data. plumbers bexleyheath 


I've been hunting down some not too bad stuff on the subject and haven't had any fortunes up until this point, You just got another greatest fan!.. plumbers battersea


Thank you for the update, very nice site.. loft conversion london
Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful! loft conversion london


I imagine that much obliged for the valuabe data and bits of knowledge you have so given here. cheap gearboxes


I was surfing net and luckily ran over this site and discovered extremely fascinating stuff here. Its truly amusing to peruse. I delighted in a ton. Much obliged for sharing this great data. digital


I have perused your online journal it is exceptionally useful for me. I need to express profound gratitude to you. I have bookmark your site for future redesigns. Wills Lawyer Greensboro NC


Good composed article. It will be steady to any individual who uses it, including me. Continue doing what you are doing – can'r hold up to peruse more posts.


If it's not too much trouble share more like that. free stock photos


A debt of gratitude is in order for your post. I've been contemplating composing an exceptionally equivalent post in the course of the last couple of weeks, I'll most likely keep it quick and painless and connection to this rather if thats cool. Much obliged. DIVORCE Legal Service


Your online journal furnished us with profitable data to work with. Each and every tips of your post are great. Much obliged for sharing. Continue blogging, ad agencies los angeles


Kaufen Sie einfach und bequem neue Instagram Follower. Damit ihr Instagram Account an Reichweite und Beliebtheit gewinnt.Wir vermitteln Ihnen internationale High Quality Instagram Follower für Ihren Instagram Account. Sie erhalten hochwertige Follower von echten Nutzern, wir vermitteln keine durch Bots generierte Follower. Instagram Follower kaufen im HQlike Online Shop zum fairen Preis.
Instagram Follower kaufen


while you purchase Instagram followers from us, you can link the ones fans to your business webpage or other social media web sites in which you could provide precise reductions on the purchases. instagram follower kaufen


Wow! This could be one of the most useful blogs we have ever come across on thesubject. Actually excellent info! I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your effort. Cleaners London


This is extremely instructive substance and composed well for a change. It's pleasant to see that a few individuals still see how to compose a quality post! Patent filing india


Positive webpage, where did u think of the data on this posting?I have perused a couple of the articles on your site now, and I truly like your style. You're the best and please keep up the compelling work. vintage plastic plates


One Stop Solution For Forex Queries. 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.
Forex Friend Loan


These are some extraordinary devices that i unquestionably use for SEO work. This is an extraordinary rundown to use later on.. search traffik


I high value this post. It's elusive the great from the terrible now and then, however I think you've nailed it! would you brain overhauling your web journal with more data? Art display panels


Wow i can say this is another extraordinary article not surprisingly of this blog.Bookmarked this webpage.. mastering


however it was another joy to see It is such an important topic and ignored by so many, even professionals.
Top Video production Company


I also found your posts very interesting. In fact after reading,


Can HGH Supplements help you to increase your muscles, get rid of crows, reduce your laugh lines and boost your libido?. These are just a few benefits HGH Supplements can give you. But what is the Best HGH For Sale?. That is were we come in. You can read the Best HGH reviews on our site by going to 
Best HGH For Sale


pleasant post, stay aware of this fascinating work. It truly regards realize that this point is being secured likewise on this site so cheers for setting aside time to examine this! His Secret Obsession


A debt of gratitude is in order for your data, it was truly exceptionally helpfull.. Flipkart AXIS offer


Wow, nice post,you can find different person searching about that now they'll find enough resources by your post.Thank you for sharing to us
best zero turn mower


Wow! I am amazed to read the content here on this site, i will come back for future posts. Also check out this cool similar site i found recently.
lawn mower reviews


Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post.
sleep disorder


A debt of gratitude is in order for your data, it was truly exceptionally helpfull.. Flipkart AXIS offer


Great post, and great website. Thanks for the information!
sleep disorder


It turned out to be Very useful to me and I am certain to every one of the observers here! dirty questions to ask a guy


I was taking a gander at some of your posts on this site and I consider this site is truly informational! Keep setting up.. Criminal Defense Lawyer Parkersburg WV


It is an incredible site.. The Design looks great.. Continue working like that!. Marine Documentation Attorney Miami


I read your web journal every now and again and I just thought I'd say keep up the astonishing work! internet advertising


decent bLog! its intriguing. much obliged to you for sharing.... Edmonton criminal lawyer 


This is an extraordinary motivating article.I am essentially satisfied with your great work.You put truly extremely accommodating data... escort in beirut


I found your this post while searching for information about blog-related research ... It's a good post .. keep posting and updating information. view the pics here


Hi, I find reading this article a joy. It is extremely helpful and interesting and very much looking forward to reading more of your work.. How To Kiss A Man To Make Him Fall In Love


Much obliged for sharing the post.. folks are universes best individual in every existences of individual..they need or should succeed to maintain needs of the crew.


This is a great inspiring article.I am pretty much pleased with your good work.You put really very helpful information. Keep it up. Keep blogging. Looking to reading your next post. steel roofing sheets


Extremely helpful post. This is my first time i visit here. I discovered such a large number of fascinating stuff in your web journal particularly its examination. Truly its extraordinary article. Keep it up. 21 Questions


Thanks for the blog loaded with so many information. Stopping by your blog helped me to get what I was looking for. Forever Yours


Much obliged to you for some other educational site. The spot else might just I understand that sort of data written in such a flawless technique? I have an endeavor that I am essentially now running on, and I"ve been at the look out for such information. Language Of Desire