You want your mom/wife/grandmother to have the best gear when she’s out there trad climbing, right?
Flowers wilt and eventually die, but a colorful selection of Black Diamond Stoppers, Metolius Ultralight Curve Nuts or any other set of chocks out there will last (almost) forever!
The options are plentiful:
Climbing Hold Coffee Mug
If you’ve never gotten your mother a “World’s Best Mom” coffee mug, or something in that vein, you should—every parent needs one of those. But if you’ve already gotten her one of those, she probably doesn’t need a second and third.
But a mug that also helps you to hone your pinch strength while you sip your morning joe? Heck yea.
There are a few little companies out there with similar offerings, and they all look good.
Full Climbing Kit
Maybe mom isn’t a climber at all yet. This Mother’s Day, maybe you invite her into the world of climbing she knows you’re so obsessed with but hasn’t ever gotten a chance to experience for herself.
Pair it with the promise of an adventure to the gym (when it opens back up!) or a day out on the actual rocks, and you’re set.
Here are a couple different starter kits that’ll do the trick.
A Bottle of Wine and the Night Off to Go Crush
For the fathers out there: Sometimes some kid-free time is just the ticket for crushing the project or enjoying some carefree gym climbing. Give her a bottle of nice vino and tell her you’ve got everything covered for the night (several nights? a whole weekend?) while she goes off and climbs.
A Good Climbing Book
Is she a reader? There are a lot of great climbing books out there written by women—here are a few of our faves!
Breaking Trail by Arlene Blum stands the test of time, from someone who truly loved climbing and the mountains despite experiencing much tragedy there, and has gone on to become a leading scientist and environmentalist.
Climbing Free by Lynn Hill is compelling and readable—oh, the characters!—and in an unexpected benefit provides a minihistory of the development of modern hard free climbing.
Rising by Sharon Wood is the long-awaited memoir of the first North American woman to climb Everest, ending an overextended race within the United States … when a Canadian won! And became a celebrity in her own country, with all the mixed blessings that entails.
End of the Rope by Jan Redford is recent, candid and relatable, while Learning to Fly, from 2013, is the second memoir by Steph Davis, climber, BASE jumper and wing suit flyer. Hey, if Brits like Nick Bullock can put out memoir after memoir, we can too.
Climbing Gym Membership/Punch Pass
If your mother is not a member of a climbing gym, or is a not a climber (yet!), but would like the fun of trying climbing, you can’t lose with a pass to your local climbing gym, and the gyms could use the support. If she is already a member, she could use the pass to supplement a punch card—or invite a friend for a fun evening out when the places all open, which they will…
Stylish and functional bag, with playful prints and colors, and a shoulder strap made of climbing rope so “you never feel far from the crag,” as REI puts it.
It can be tricky to buy shoes for someone else, but if you know her size, consider getting her a pair of the Scarpa Arpias. The chances of her not liking them are slim to none. They’re comfortable but still downturned enough so that they’ll climb well on the steep routes as she channels that mom-strength.