Gift ideas for the mountainsexual on your list

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Similar to metrosexual but one who lives in the mountains or otherwise pursues the outdoors adventure lifestyle. Kind of a cleaned-up granola, a Woodsy GQ kinda guy with a splash of bohemian. Knows that he doesn't have to look or smell like a dirtbag to enjoy climbing, hiking, cycling, skiing (all forms), snowshoeing, etc. Probably reads Men's Journal, Outside, Outside's Go, National Geographic Adventure, even Wallpaper and Dwell. Brands: Patagonia, Keen, Kuhl, The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Marmot, Mountain Khakis. Strong environmental ethic. Drives a well-maintained truck, performance SUV, or cross-over when absolutely necessary but walks or rides a bicycle whenever possible. Works out gym but primarily to be in shape for outdoor pursuits. Shuns chain stores and shops in outdoor specialty stores such as The Trailhead in Buena Vista, Colorado.

"For such an outdoorsy guy, that dude sure has great style."
"Yeah, he's a veritable MountainSexual!"

You can buy a beer stein, mug, T-shirt and other items with the definition for the MountainSexual in your life at

via Mountain Khakis on twitter


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December 18, 2009 at 5:46 p.m. (EST)

Oh God.....that's me.

Say it ain't so.

Edit: I'm leaving next week to go backpacking in Eastern Tennessee, I will try my best not to bathe or anything.

Bill S
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December 18, 2009 at 8:21 p.m. (EST)

I thought I was fitting until I got to the "GQ kind of guy" (what's "GQ"?), and then when I got to the "doesn't have to look or smell like a dirtbag", I knew I would never fit the definition. "Well-maintained truck, performance SUV" - well, unless a 6 year old Subaru fits in there, definitely not. I guess I will have to reform. Do I get points for rinsing off with the garden hose within a week after getting back from a month on Denali?

Tom D
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December 18, 2009 at 9:54 p.m. (EST)

Very funny. I also think it might apply to some of the people who shop at The North Face store on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills (yes, there is one, yes, I've been in it, but no, didn't buy anything) or maybe the Patagonia store in Venice (CA, not Italy). :)

Jim S
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December 19, 2009 at 12:40 p.m. (EST)


re: dirt bags

A homeless friend of mine was over for a pot roast dinner one night and he asked if he could do some laundry. I of course said sure. A while later I found him out on the drive with a garden hose rinsing out his clothes. I asked him why he didn't use the washer and dryer, but he didn't want to be too pushy.

Mountain sexual might apply to all the female snow bunnies in their cute snow suits and matching spandex cross country ski outfits.

Jim S

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December 20, 2009 at 2:09 p.m. (EST)

As far as gift about a boot waterproofer that could also be used as hair gel?

Um....not for me, just a thought for the discriminating hiker, you know?

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