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Hudson Valley Holiday Gift Guide for Weekend Warriors


If you’re holiday shopping for someone who lives for adventure — whether it’s spending all day hiking the Catskills, climbing the Gunks, or just enjoying any opportunity to get out and explore — a new pair of slippers just isn’t going to cut it.

From winter necessities to summer day trip guides, these outdoor essentials will prepare your favorite weekend warrior for their next adventure.

Hiking Trails Book


AMC’s Best Day Hikes in the Catskills & Hudson Valley – $18.95

Kenco, Kingston.

Our region is filled with exciting hiking trails for all skill levels, each offering its own unique landscape, vista, wildlife, and challenges.

This trail guide provides information about 60 of the best trails from the Hudson Highlands to Albany.

Anti-Slip Shoe Grips

Kahtoola via
Kahtoola via

Kahtoola Microspikes – $69.95

Rock & Snow, New Paltz.

Microspikes are practically a necessity for the outdoor enthusiast who won’t let a little ice get in the way of a good winter hike. Place these stainless steel spikes over your hiking boot treads for better traction during slippery conditions.

New York State Park Pass

Minnewaska State Park
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Empire Passport – $65

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Outdoor enthusiasts will love having easier access to the forests, lakefronts, trails, and other natural splendor available to explore throughout New York’s state parks. The Empire Passport provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to a variety of parks and recreational facilities.

Rock Climbing Practice Holds

Metolius via Rock & Snow
Metolius via Rock & Snow

Metolius Rock Rings 3D – $29.95

Rock & Snow, New Paltz.

Rock climbers will appreciate these innovative training devices that help build upper-body strength and stamina. Their portable design allows the rings to be used at home or on the go.

3-Season Sleeping Bag

World Famous Sports via
World Famous Sports via

World Famous Sports 15 Degree Sleeping Bag – $89.95

Kenco, Kingston.

Enjoy camping practically year-round in this comfy sleeping bag with attached hood and microfiber lining. Synthetic insulation keeps you warm in as low as 15 degrees F.

Waterproof Headlamp

Black Diamond via Rock & Snow
Black Diamond via Rock & Snow

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp – $39.95

Rock & Snow, New Paltz.

This popular, easy to adjust headlamp is ideal for everything from navigating around an evening campsite to late-night rappels after a long day. It even works in the rain, thanks to the lamp’s waterproof packaging.

Hang Gliding Lesson

World Hang Gliding Championships
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Gift Certificate – $220

Mountain Wings Flight School, Ellenville.

Give the gift of flight with an introductory hang gliding lesson. There’s no guarantee your favorite thrill-seeker will be soaring off mountaintops right away, but they still have the exciting opportunity to catch some air and glide from a training hill.

Duffel Bag

Owen & Fred via Woodstock General Supply
Owen & Fred via Woodstock General Supply

Owen & Fred Duffel Bag – $115

Woodstock General Supply, Woodstock.

This durable duffel is an easy, grab-and-go tote that’s perfect for a quick getaway. It’s an ideal size for gym gear, fits in an overhead compartment, and is water-repellent for those last-minute car camping trips.

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