leisure 12.4.13

Gift Guide: The Great Outdoors

Park Slope's Gear to Go Outfitters leads a Storytelling Hike on Saturday, December 14. For $99.95, your giftee gets a sunset hike, campfire (with hotdogs and s'mores), followed by a night hike (you'll pass through a ghost town). Difficulty level is moderate. Details

Off Metro tracks the good stuff to do when you get out of town, which includes plenty of outdoor activities.

Try actual stockings for your stocking stuffer from Icebreaker Touchlab, 102 Wooster [Prince/Spring] and 823 Wash [Little W. 12th/Gansevoort], which uses merino wool and some technology magic to create breathable, washable, non-itchy clothing for outdoor activities. Not just stockings, of course: a full line of clothing for men and women.

Bring the greats outdoors in with Juniper Ridge products—soap, cologne, room spray (or cabin spray, as they have it) and incense made with botanicals and things like tree pitch, plant sap, wood, bark and moss gathered from hiking trips throughout the west coast. They claim they put the mountains in a bottle and that's not much of an exaggeration.

Go ziplining over lakes at Mountain Creek in New Jersey, $59.99

In Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City, naturalist Leslie Day reveals a surprisingly rich array of flora and fauna in the urban jungle.

The Cliffs at LIC, the northeast's largest rock gym, has over 30,000 sq. ft. of climbing terrain. A day pass is $25. Note that they're temporarily closed while they resolve an issue with Department of Buildings; they hope to reopen in the middle of the month.

We can remember a time when the only use a New Yorker could conceivably have for an ax is on a venomous neighbor with rent control. In 2013, Canadian-born Peter Buchanan-Smith's Best Made 36 White St. [Bway/Church] 646.478.7092, sells axes, knives, bags, clothing and first-aid kits for those times you find yourself stranded above 220th Street.

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