Christmas Wish List in Hiking/backpacking Posted November 13, 2012 I'm trying to put together a list for the wife, as she (and my parents) have asked for one every year. Trying to stay away from the expensive wants, I'm having a hard time putting something together. So... What backpacking, outdoors stuff is on your wishlist this year? Not much material oriented stuff... I got junk all over the place. I would wish for a like minded person to do things with however. Similar abilities and interests, slight preference for female of course, but anyone would do. My room mate likes to 'cheer' but from the bleachers or more civilized areas. This year was very restricted for me since almost no one wants to walk or bike anywhere, or even drive for that matter... just sit and complain there isn't anything to do most of the time. Younger people like to go with their friends, old folk (remember I'm 63+) might but often can't. Add the fact that there are not that many to start with and it's hard, or I risk it and go alone, often paying a small physical price to do so, since I then get it in the ears for soloing. Add that this area has a limited number of caches most are found already, and you can see what I mean. Sigh! Doug 7rxc giving thanks for interesting forum topics and out of area puzzles to solve. Being about half your age (sorry had too), I have similar issues of finding someone to go out hiking, biking, kayaking. My wife is not even remotely able to do the types of trips I like to do, and regardless, the quit time is nice. I'm going to try taking my (will be next spring) 4yrs old with me. Although he is small, he's more then capable of carrying his own weight and go the long haul. Unfortunately he can't do the mtn biking yet. Back on topic... Without getting into major equipment (tents, new kayaks, etc), the only thing on my list would be probably a new backpacking stove. I'm currently using coleman bunson burner stove, but don't like using the canisters as you never know how long one will last, so always have to carry 2 canisters. My other gear slated to be replaced; - hiking sleeping bag with warmer one (see cold weather sleeping bag thread) - Crappy weather tent (4 person tent is too big and heavy) Already planning on purchasing a hammack tent. Thinking the two person one as although I won't be sharing the space with anyone, the extra room would be nice. I'm not much of a gift person at Christmas. A box of chocolates, turkey and drinks with the family is good enough for me. The wife and family always hound me for a list, so I thought I would give in this year and save them from getting me expensive stuff I don't need or will not use.