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Kat Dierickx | 12.14.2015

Rock climbing, intro to backcountry skiing, a surf lesson, rafting trip, photography workshop...these are all amazing outdoor experiences that should be on the top of your holiday wish list. Don't get me wrong, I love a well stocked gear closet as much as anyone, but at some point you don't need more stuff. You need experiences. With just a few short days left until the holidays, think about purchasing your special someone an adventure in nature instead of a new pair of [insert clothing item of choice here]. As much as I love taking turns on new skis, it's really taking turns in fresh powder that I love the most. Oh yeah, it's vital to take an avalanche course before finding that fresh powder in the backcountry. See what I'm getting at here? Give the gift of adventure this holiday season, and make memories that will outlast any product you'll find under the tree.

Need some inspiration? We've rounded up some great partners who would be happy to help with your last-minute shopping needs.

Photo by Jesse Weber.

For the Rock Dweller

 

Photo by Aron Bosworth.

For the Snow Enthusiast 

 

Photo by Matt Leidecker.

For the Water Lover

 

Photo by Duncan Sadava.

For the Adventurer

There are a number of amazing guides and outfitters out there to pick from, just be sure they are licensed, insured, and have the appropriate permits before booking your adventure. You know, you deserve a present too. Don't hesitate to learn something new or have a new outdoor experience next year!

Need more ideas? Check out the sequel: Give the Gift of Adventure: Lodging.

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