Columbia Bugaglove Max Electric
Columbia Bugaglove Max Electric (Courtesy of Columbia)

Gifts for a Mountaineer

Columbia Bugaglove Max Electric

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Columbia Bugagloves Max Electric

Columbia's waterproof, battery-powered Bugagloves Max Electric have the dexterity of midweight mitts but, on the highest of three settings, keep you warmer than the thickest insulation.

REI Down Booties

REI Down Booties
REI Down Booties (Courtesy of REI)

REI's water-resistant, 450-fill Down Booties may be essential for any hut trip, but they're also pretty toasty just padding around the house.

Canada Goose Yukon Bomber Jacket

Canada Goose Yukon Bomber
Canada Goose Yukon Bomber (Courtesy of Canada Goose)

The name is fitting: Canada Goose’s Yukon Bomber really is a stylish mash-up of a slim-fitting bomber jacket and a down-filled, expedition-worthy parka.

Mountain: Portraits of High Places

Mountain: Portraits of High Places
Mountain: Portraits of High Places (Courtesy of the American Alpine Club)

With stunning images from Galen Rowell and Ansel Adams, among others, Sandy Hill's Mountain: Portraits of High Places is that rare coffee-table book that gets your heart pounding.

While a portion of the proceeds from the book Mountain go to support the American Alpine Club (ACC), the mountaineer in the family—hardcore or casual—might also enjoy a membership to the venerable organization ($75; Among the numerous benefits, members receive gear discounts, $10,000 in rescue insurance and evacuation services, and exclusive deals on lodging, including access to the AAC's two clubhouses in Kathmandu. Another option is to enroll the peak bagger on your list in the Big City Mountaineers (BCM) Summit for Someone program ($1,000 refundable deposit; The recepient agrees to tackle one of three types of climbs (alpine rock, glacier, or expedition) to raise money for the organization. Everybody wins: the fundraiser goes on an epic trip, and BCM on average gets enough cash to send at least five teens on wilderness adventures.