In 1959 Frank Davies opened The Climber's Shop - the first outdoor shop in Ambleside! For over half a century The Climbers Shop remains in the centre of Ambleside and is a focal point for many climbers, walkers and holiday makers wanting to kit themselves out for the outdoor lifestyle.

Our ranges are constantly changing to meet the needs of the modern outdoor enthusiast and include clothing from Rab, Salomon, Patagonia and Mountain Equipment and Mammut and equipment from the likes of Black Diamond, Petzl, Osprey, Edelrid, and Wild Country. Our footwear comes from companies such as Salomon, Scarpa, Meindl and Zamberlan, while our tent range is possibly the largest range of Hilleberg tents in the country.
If we don't stock what you want, we can also order it in, normally in just a few days.

Our highly experienced staff have the in depth knowledge to help you with any enquiry. We have experts in every type of mountain activity and for all seasons on our staff, from mountaineering to rock climbing, fell running to backpacking and every variant in between. Our team are on hand to provide you with the right advice and the right gear to suit your individual needs and circumstances.

As an independent store we are able to offer a far wider range of clothing, equipment and accessories than you will find in any of the bigger chain stores.

Although our roots are in the Lake District we have the stock and the expertise to equip you for any type of adventure in any type of wild environment around the world. If you don’t find the advice or the item you need on this website, please don’t hesitate to call us up for a chat.

admin23/03/2010 15:48:58

Compston CornerAmbleside Cumbria LA22 9DS

Grand Day Out, Helvellyn Tuesday 10th February

   Words by tcsh

   on 14/02/2009 14:46:00

Brown Cove

Mick & Nick were out on Helvellyn this week enjoying fantastic winter weather.

'We started the day with the relentlesss uphill slog from Swirls car park, which was very hot and sweaty as the February sun was surprisingly warm.  Add to this the reflection from the snow, we quickly donned our sunglasses and stripped off layers.

We cut off the Helvellyn track and diverted towards Brown Cove Crags, which looked amazing, with a covering in rime ice higher up and two weeks worth of deep snow in the gullies.  All of the routes had climbers on them.

Not being hardcore winter climbers, we decided to solo our way up the broad, open easy gully (ungraded?) on the right of the crag. 20 minutes of hard graft and swearing later and we had reached the top.

At the top of the gully the views were astonishing.  I have rarely seen the Lake District looking so white and wintry, snow covered tops for miles and miles. We wandered on to the summit of Helvellyn from there, and had a quick brew at the summit shelter.  From there we made our way down via Helvellyn Lower Man, and down through a pristine snow bowl towards Brown Cove Crags.


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