If your dad would rather spend his off time hitting a backwoods trail than blowing out candles indoors, perhaps you should get him a Father's Day gift that recognizes his love for hiking. There are many things you could get him that would cost a fortune, everything from specialty hiking boots to camping and tent gear, but you can also find him a useful hiking-related gift if your pocketbook is a little slimmer than you'd like it to be. If you know your dad would love something to accompany him on his outdoor adventures, but you aren't quite sure what, use the following ideas for some inspiration.
The clich� of the gnarled old branch being used as a hiking stick is far from true. In fact, there are many high-tech and durable hiking stick options that are extremely advanced. Designed to help support the body during long hikes, a walking stick will encourage the user to take all of the weight off of the legs and distribute it more evenly to the top portion of the body. Many models and colors are available, and many are even collapsible, for easy storage when not in use.
Many hikers constantly wish they had a good pair of binoculars while they are on the trail, but they always end up forgetting. Great for viewing wildlife, taking in a panorama at lookout points and checking the weather up ahead, your dad will love a trusty new pair of binoculars. Keep in mind, however, that many binoculars are quite heavy. Try to find a good model that has a high magnification, but is relatively light.
If your dad does not own a multipurpose survival knife, you should consider getting him this essential piece of gear. Good for cutting wood or setting up shelter in an emergency, a multipurpose knife will ensure survival in precarious situations.