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PennyPincher
12-25-2011, 21:51
Hiking related I got:

snowshoes and trekking poles
titanium pot
ti stove
new platypus
long ti spoon
sundry other items

DLANOIE
12-25-2011, 22:08
Wife bought me the LL Bean Microlight 2P tent. I sold all of my hammock gear last year and finally I get a new tent. Now I can take my 4 year old son camping. Merry Xmas everyone.

Del Q
12-25-2011, 22:12
Snow shoes...............lightweight, new skill to learn and fitness in the snow.

kayak karl
12-25-2011, 22:14
picture of my first grandson. just need an UL frame for it :)

Northern Lights
12-25-2011, 22:50
Ursack, candle lantern with candles, a knife and a couple platypus containers and a down pillow with a few other odds and ends. :banana

swjohnsey
12-25-2011, 22:55
I got a K20 Singer sewing machine that was made around 1970, new in the box. It is a reproduction made in Turkey of the Model 20 child's hand cranked sewing machine made in the '20s.

ChrisJackson
12-25-2011, 23:00
A solar panel!

Jim Adams
12-26-2011, 00:25
....overtime!

geek

blackbird04217
12-26-2011, 00:42
Got my mom hiking poles, backpack and a few other trinkets. Just need a sleeping bag and she is ready to hike with my dad and I over the summer. My dad started last year, when I got him a sleeping bag for Christmas.

Lone Wolf
12-26-2011, 02:36
i got stuffed at a chinese buffet

ChinMusic
12-26-2011, 03:09
An Illini Baseball jacket and an iPhone weather app.
And WAY too much goodie food that will take a month to walk off................

juma
12-26-2011, 07:58
bear grylls knife!

d.o.c
12-26-2011, 08:13
floyd fest and infamous stringdusters new years ticket.... and some darn tough socks

Marta
12-26-2011, 08:16
Kindle. My son says its supposed to be able to go a month between charges. It's lighter than a single paperback book. And smaller.

Rocket Jones
12-26-2011, 08:24
I got the Harmony House Kit (dehydrated veggies) and a Petzl Tikka2+ headlamp (which is disturbingly heavier than my old light). Also a map book of Shenandoah NP hikes.

Six-Six
12-26-2011, 08:42
Hiking related: Titanium pot set and an REI gift card to get something else.

nitewalker
12-26-2011, 09:01
i got a headache.....

nitewalker
12-26-2011, 09:02
i got the workout machine called "the rack" as seen on tv......99$ at target, 169$ on tv.......

nitewalker
12-26-2011, 09:05
bear grylls knife!

make sure u dont bend the flint when puting it into the sleeze or taking it out. a friend of mine went to pull it out and didnt pull it out straight and the thing snaped in half....damn it....

capehiker
12-26-2011, 09:51
I got another copy of A Walk in the Woods (this makes number 6 from family members) from my aunt. When she asked my mom what I wanted my mom told her anything hiking related. This must be the default book for non-hikers to give. So now I have 6 books signed by relatives thru the years. On the bright side, inside the book was a $50 gift card to REI. :)

fiddlehead
12-26-2011, 10:01
My wife told me she wants to go camping.
That's as good a Christmas present as I could hope for.

moytoy
12-26-2011, 10:14
I got another copy of A Walk in the Woods (this makes number 6 from family members) from my aunt. When she asked my mom what I wanted my mom told her anything hiking related. This must be the default book for non-hikers to give. So now I have 6 books signed by relatives thru the years. On the bright side, inside the book was a $50 gift card to REI. :)
+1...It was not signed and when ask if I had read it I could not lie. My daughter in law still had the receipt.

RayBan
12-26-2011, 10:45
Medical clearance on my knee from my orthopedic surgeon after three months of rehab.

Wise Old Owl
12-26-2011, 10:48
make sure u dont bend the flint when puting it into the sleeze or taking it out. a friend of mine went to pull it out and didnt pull it out straight and the thing snaped in half....damn it....

My dad told me the same thing as a young man in confidence, but that part of snapping it in half may have been to instill a little fear.

Ladytrekker
12-26-2011, 10:55
Kindle and prime rib with family a good day

The A Team
12-26-2011, 12:30
Two sets of hiking poles for my wife and I some dry ducks ponchos themarest sleeping pads and a new 2p tent. We almost have everything we need for our departure March4th.

johnnybgood
12-26-2011, 12:42
Medical clearance on my knee from my orthopedic surgeon after three months of rehab. Now there's a gift worth getting excited about. Happy hiking in 2012 on a new knee.

Rocket Jones
12-26-2011, 13:09
+1 RayBan! Now to make every second's worth of that rehab worthwhile.

LIhikers
12-26-2011, 13:29
I'm lucky, I don't need anything, and that's what I got.

Tipi Walter
12-26-2011, 13:38
Big Nick came down and I got to touch his sac---I had my arms elbow deep in Santa's sac---and these items spilled forth:

** Kahtoola Microspikes, size medium.
** Standard load Smartwool Mountaineer socks---their thickest and my go-to always-pair for backpacking. Never have enough of these babies.

** Several used books to read on my next backpacking trip---here they are (and I'm excited as the only time I get to read a book is when I'm out on a trip): HELL'S ANGELS: The Life and Times of Sonny Barger and the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club. Fun read. In The Hands of The Great Spirit: The 20,000 Year History of American Indians. Look forwards to this one. WESTMORELAND: The General Who Lost Vietnam. Definitely taking this one out on my next trip. IVAN'S WAR: Life and Death in the Red Army, 1939-1945. When it comes to WW2, everyone should know the history of Russia.

THE VANISHING FACE OF GAIA by James Lovelock. Tree hugging stuff. RIDIN' HIGH LIVIN' FREE: Hell-Raising Motorcycle Stories. Yes, another one by Sonny Barger of the Hell's Angels. THE KILLING OF CRAZY HORSE In depth history of the Lakota Indians. About three of these will keep me occupied for a good 20 day trip. PHYSICS OF THE FUTURE: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100, by Michio Kaku. Humanity probably won't be around by then but what the heck, Kaku is a interesting fellow.

** Turtle Fur fleece "tuque" hat. My first experience with turtle fur. Sorry they had to kill turtles to make these hats.

** North Face Power Stretch polartec gloves.

No new tent or boots or jackets or backpack or hiking poles or rain jacket or rain pants or whatever else.

quilteresq
12-26-2011, 13:39
I wanted a lightweight Ti stove and pot, and I got a Trail Designs Ti-Tri inferno with matching pot. Won't have any problems cooking on the trail! Not as light as what I asked for, but overall I think a good choice.

Wise Old Owl
12-26-2011, 13:52
Casio Watch, Nikon thin camera, Lands End green sweater, Surround Sound Polk Speakers, Godstoppers of cash......


But the best was a small monocular of Nightvision, perfect for owl watching....

Carbo
12-26-2011, 14:07
My "gift" usually comes in January... the bills.

RayBan
12-26-2011, 14:37
+1 RayBan! Now to make every second's worth of that rehab worthwhile.

Will do :D

paistes5
12-26-2011, 15:42
Hiking related items included Atech watch (barometer, compass, altimeter, thermometer), Dri Ducks poncho, MSR pack towel, steripen, another Nalgene bottle, deet, day hike lumbar pack and a few other odds and ends.

coach lou
12-26-2011, 15:58
Mrs. Coach Lou..."...sweetie, don't buy me Diamonds this year. I want backpacking equipment!" Coach Lou..."OK, baby!"....... what a woman!!!

Pollen
12-26-2011, 18:21
Pentex WG-1 GPS camera, kershaw knife and a compass.

RWheeler
12-26-2011, 18:54
I got a gift card to Cabela's. Would have preferred REI, but I'll grab a Platypus bottle for camp water and whatever else seems to warrant getting.


I got another copy of A Walk in the Woods (this makes number 6 from family members) from my aunt. When she asked my mom what I wanted my mom told her anything hiking related. This must be the default book for non-hikers to give. So now I have 6 books signed by relatives thru the years. On the bright side, inside the book was a $50 gift card to REI. :)

Six books, eh? That's gonna make your pack weight skyrocket quite a bit ;)

thepokerkid227
12-26-2011, 18:57
LEKI Corklites w/ antishock, NeoAir, and a Western Mountaineering UL bag :D

bigcranky
12-26-2011, 19:00
A $50K addition to the house. That ought to take care of holiday and birthday presents for a few years....

Wise Old Owl
12-26-2011, 19:16
Funny you mention that - $5000 and hard work removing the old windows and 1950 look from the living room....

RossSFCA
12-26-2011, 19:20
A gift card from REI... which arrived early, so I was able to take advantage of the 30% off special and the free two-day shipping. YAY! Really did save me a lot of money and I was able to buy three items instead of two.

Also, I got a nice check that I will be able to put toward my zero days and hostel stays during my 2012 AT thru-hike. And a little more breathing room on my already tight budget. :)

Ross/DirtyGirl

hikerboy57
12-26-2011, 19:26
i got a keurig single cup coffee maker, cant wait to plug it into a shelter!!

Sassafras Lass
12-26-2011, 19:29
Got the Thermarest compressible pillow in medium:


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Super comfortable and doesn't weigh much at all.

We've also acquired over the last 2 months:

* ULA Circuit for me - should be here this week, I'm beyond psyched!
* Marmot Aura 2P (actually sleeping in it tonight)
* Marmot PreCip jackets for us both
* Mt. Hardwear UltraLamina 0 bags for us both

We're not made of money, honestly - we just budget well. :D

Wise Old Owl
12-26-2011, 19:32
A gift card from REI... which arrived early, so I was able to take advantage of the 30% off special and the free two-day shipping. YAY! Really did save me a lot of money and I was able to buy three items instead of two.

Also, I got a nice check that I will be able to put toward my zero days and hostel stays during my 2012 AT thru-hike. And a little more breathing room on my already tight budget.


Ross/DirtyGirl
one of the few things that can be combined with the membership card - DONT SPEND TILL OTHER OFFERS AND APRIL!

Megapixel
12-26-2011, 19:34
i got (get) to thru hike in 2012!!!:banana

House of Payne
12-26-2011, 20:04
Asked for and got lots of REI GC's. In years past, unless I was specific I would get 'almost' the right gear. It's safer and easier to get my own gear, kinda like women shooping for clothes.

Don H
12-26-2011, 20:08
My wife had a book made up for me documenting my thru-hike this year. Now I can sit back in my recliner and relive the adventure!

RockyRoo
12-26-2011, 20:14
Merrell Chamelen Arc Ventalators, lightweight/quick dry/UV protection shirt, marino longsleeved shirt, Hiker's wool, and US cash. Now for a visa and airticket!

House of Payne
12-26-2011, 20:24
My wife had a book made up for me documenting my thru-hike this year. Now I can sit back in my recliner and relive the adventure!

I like that gift alot!

Magilla
12-26-2011, 20:24
Ok nothing hiking related. But I got a picture of my son from Afganistan. He also called to wish me a Merry Xmas from there, and remind me he will be home in Febuary. Other than that spending time with the family was the best present.

P-Train
12-26-2011, 21:37
$100 GC to local hiking store. Probably use it for stove or hiking pole.

Theosus
12-26-2011, 23:37
My wife had a book made up for me documenting my thru-hike this year. Now I can sit back in my recliner and relive the adventure!I love photo books! I made two so far, one a family vacation and one photo-a-day project for 365 days in 2010. Good call on that one for your wife.I got a deuter 75L pack, trekking poles and some Skeletoes. I still have a late xmass family thing to go to. Hoping for an REI or amazon card. Need a fixed blade knife and a few small items, and then I'm ready to go somewhere.

Rasty
12-26-2011, 23:46
Snowpeak mini titanium cookset. Black Diamond distance FL Z poles. Now I am going to get a caldera tri-ti ulc stove to go with the cookset.

double d
12-27-2011, 00:01
got a really nice $50 gift card to REI, from my wonderful wife! All good, but................problem is, I spend the $50 and then, well, when you see all that hiking eye candy, you know the rest of the story-I "might" spend more then the $50!

ChrisJackson
12-27-2011, 00:07
i got a keurig single cup coffee maker, cant wait to plug it into a shelter!!

We got this as well! We really love it. I've been absolutely wired since the 25th! Enjoy.

SassyWindsor
12-27-2011, 01:53
A new Western Mountaineering Puma w/gore wind-stopper. I had been concerned about an upcoming winter outing and if my old WM bag would keep me warm. This bag is rated at -25 deg F, 3#-13ozs, shouldn't have to worry about the cold. Just WOW! Got several more items related to backpacking, including food items, clothing, etc. The WM bag was the big item and a big surprize.:)

nitewalker
12-27-2011, 08:51
My dad told me the same thing as a young man in confidence, but that part of snapping it in half may have been to instill a little fear.

lol. snaping it in half would not be good....

nitewalker
12-27-2011, 08:52
Pentex WG-1 GPS camera, kershaw knife and a compass.

kershaw knife, nice!!!!!

nitewalker
12-27-2011, 08:55
Merrell Chamelen Arc Ventalators, lightweight/quick dry/UV protection shirt, marino longsleeved shirt, Hiker's wool, and US cash. Now for a visa and airticket!

i love my chameleons, good score!!!

lkaluzi
12-27-2011, 09:26
I got a Nikkon Coolpix AW100 camera with GPS, lightweight marmott gloves, 13L uberlight CF3 drysac, and reusable hand warmers which are really cool.

peakseeker
12-27-2011, 09:29
12 LBS and....
1. my daughters " wedding " announcement in July 2012 in the Keys and...
2. my 1st sons " baby " announcement and.....
3. My 2nd Son " where he is going to college " announcement....

So far these announcements will cost ME ( UMM hum hum,,,) over $150,000 - at least AND MUCH MUCH PROBABLY MORE!

But at least I will get rid of a daughter, have a grand baby, and educate my son.....

I need a THRU hike while I can, YIKES!

Tipi Walter
12-27-2011, 09:57
A new Western Mountaineering Puma w/gore wind-stopper. I had been concerned about an upcoming winter outing and if my old WM bag would keep me warm. This bag is rated at -25 deg F, 3#-13ozs, shouldn't have to worry about the cold. Just WOW! Got several more items related to backpacking, including food items, clothing, etc. The WM bag was the big item and a big surprize.:)

The Puma is my go-to winter bag in harsh conditions, but I have the microfiber edition, regular, with 36oz of down at 3 lbs 7oz total weight. The goretex must add 7 more ozs, and they list a regular as having 37 oz of down. Minor points. I don't know where they come up with the -25F rating---my Puma stops working FOR ME at around -10F.

squirrely
12-27-2011, 11:12
I bought myself my very first pack ever with my Christmas money. It's blue and I think I've just named her Betty.

B-Rabbit
12-27-2011, 12:12
Black Diamond trekking poles, first aid kit, Dr Brommers soap.... Works for me!

daddytwosticks
12-27-2011, 13:37
Time spent with my lovely wife and kids...:)

Ktaadn
12-27-2011, 14:25
Merrell barefoot shoes and an REI gift card.

Ktaadn
12-27-2011, 14:29
12 LBS and....
1. my daughters " wedding " announcement in July 2012 in the Keys and...
2. my 1st sons " baby " announcement and.....
3. My 2nd Son " where he is going to college " announcement....

So far these announcements will cost ME ( UMM hum hum,,,) over $150,000 - at least AND MUCH MUCH PROBABLY MORE!

But at least I will get rid of a daughter, have a grand baby, and educate my son.....

I need a THRU hike while I can, YIKES!

Congrats and good luck with the financial planning...

Chubbs4U
12-27-2011, 15:41
Medical clearance on my knee from my orthopedic surgeon after three months of rehab.

Congrats on this. Many of us have been there and thats a great feeling.

P-Train
12-27-2011, 16:05
Black Diamond trekking poles, first aid kit, Dr Brommers soap.... Works for me!

I bought a pair of Black Diamond trekking poles today. I like them. Also got Katadyn Hiker water filter.

Medic40
12-27-2011, 20:04
I got a bunch of grief from my family about wanting to be "homeless". My grandmother even started a eulogy about how I was a good grandson.

Tipi Walter
12-27-2011, 20:56
I got a bunch of grief from my family about wanting to be "homeless". My grandmother even started a eulogy about how I was a good grandson.

Wow. From 1980 to 1987 I was "homeless" and living out of a backpack in the hills around Boone, NC. Then I found 40 acres in Sugar Grove and set up a canvas tipi with a woodstove for the next 15 years. Good old Boone.

PennyPincher
12-29-2011, 22:05
Sounds like you all must have been good boys and girls this year!

I have already started my lists for my next birthday and next Christmas (UL sleeping bag and pack).

I love the fact that many of you mentioned your 'family gifts'. (spouses hiking, kids coming home, baby announcements, etc)

I can't wait for some snow to use my new snowshoes! Finally, I have a winter sport!

runt13
12-29-2011, 22:11
the book ''a walk in the woods'' on the second read already, garmin etrex 20 hand held gps thingy! long johns, and a new wool hat.

RUNT

Sierra Echo
12-29-2011, 22:27
I got a swiss army knife!!!

harryfred
12-29-2011, 22:37
Got a kindle which I already love going to be so great those lock down days in the tent or at night in the winter. A vacum sealer going to expand my food dehydrating and pickleing.

rocketsocks
12-29-2011, 22:53
Got some real nice anthracite coal.....gonna be warm this winter,,,,,,if winter ever starts ,Just kidding.Some Twizzlers(strawberry),100 wt. fleese pull over,Colin Fletchers "The Thousand mile summer"Which I have been wanting to read for a very long time, Yeah.A very nice and warm LLBean fleese shirt that is currenly hanging in my wifes closet "whats up w/that?and few gift cards.Bought some fleese mittens (convertable)and a Tech wick shirt.

Papa D
12-29-2011, 22:53
new patagonia long sleeve hiking shirt - un-describable stink in old one that couldn't wash out
new merino wool glove liners
a little ultra light day pack - stuffs into your pocket like a pack cover - GSI - might use it for something (like a grocery run)
2 fuel canisters for my pocket rocket - should handle 2 weeks of backpacking for me
some jeans and a shirt because my wife thinks I look like a dirty hiker (or an office guy) all the time - "going out clothes" she called them
my 6-year old made me a bunch of art too
candy, lip balm, a handfull of other stuff too
I sort of celebrate it more as a solstice party but happy to give and receive

Emerson Bigills
12-29-2011, 23:33
I got myself a Lightheart solo tent and a Marmot Atom 40 degree Bag.

Old Boots
12-29-2011, 23:59
A copy of the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.

Bear Cables
12-30-2011, 00:05
Tickets to the BCS Championship Game to see my Tigers win it all! Plus 3 nights in the French Quarter!

Feral Bill
12-30-2011, 00:46
Tilly winter hat, REI gift card, assorted non-hiking books.

Slacks
12-31-2011, 20:49
Got a Marmot Helium Membrane Long to replace my borrowed from Dad 1970s synthetic. Talk about a load lightener! Also got a pair of merino wool socks and used christmas cash to get a Marmot Precip rain jacket found on clearance.

My brother, who is a sommelier, got me a bottle of french wine, though I doubt that makes it to Springer Mt.


Oh and my cousin gave me a cool handwarmer that I will use while car camping with friends.

Happy new years y'all!

Pollen
01-02-2012, 20:07
Ok nothing hiking related. But I got a picture of my son from Afganistan. He also called to wish me a Merry Xmas from there, and remind me he will be home in Febuary. Other than that spending time with the family was the best present.

that is the best gift!

Harpua
01-02-2012, 22:05
stoic 30 sleeping bag............and a hangover

Summit
01-02-2012, 22:49
New Zealand Possum Merino Wool Rib Beanie Hat, a Buff, and an REI gift card.

SassyWindsor
01-02-2012, 23:40
The Puma is my go-to winter bag in harsh conditions, but I have the microfiber edition, regular, with 36oz of down at 3 lbs 7oz total weight. The goretex must add 7 more ozs, and they list a regular as having 37 oz of down. Minor points. I don't know where they come up with the -25F rating---my Puma stops working FOR ME at around -10F.

I had weighed my bag and came up with 1 oz more than WM chart. My bag is a 6 ft one and the GWS adds about 5oz over the 6 ft microlite Puma. 3lb-7 vs 3lb-12 both having 35oz 850 down. The -25 F deg rating could be a WM misprint and maybe should be -25 deg C, making it closer to -13 deg F. I have no experience (yet) with this bag but I also have a liner which will help add approx 5-9 degs F into the total rating.

RaveDigger
01-02-2012, 23:45
Osprey Exos 58 pack and a Lightheart Gear Solong 6 tent. Shaved about 8 lbs off my pack weight just on those two items!