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.

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Compston CornerAmbleside Cumbria LA22 9DS

How to Clean & Waterpoof Outdoor Gear

   Words by tcsh

   on 06/10/2010 15:52:29

How to wash a waterproof jacket or reproof a pair of boots is one of the most common topics we get asked about at The Climbers Shop. “Should I wash my waterproof jacket?”, “Does washing waterproof jackets damage them?”, “What do I wash waterproof clothing in?”, “How do you re-waterproof a jacket to bring back the water repellency?”, all these questions and more have been posed to us.

What we will try to do here is to clear up some of the confusion over washing and waterproofing your gore-tex jackets and other outdoor clothing, as well as how to clean and care for your boots. If you do it right, you will get the best out of them and hopefully prolong the life of them (thus saving you money!).

Should I wash my waterproof jacket?

Yes, yes, and yes again. Just because it is a waterproof jacket, or a softshell etc, it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need washing. When you wash an item of clothing normally, you are not only removing any stains, you are also extracting and oils and dirt that can build up in the fibres. These natural oils are what the smell producing bacteria set to work on and is why a t-shirt can start to smell once you’ve worn it for a few days (quicker for some!). This is exactly the same with your waterproof clothing and other outdoor gear as well.

With waterproof clothing, the removal of those oils and dirts has an even more important function, the improvement of the garments breathability and waterproofing. If you keep them clean then both of these functions will work a lot better – we’ll go into more detail later.

For footwear the answer is the same – make sure you wash them. If you have got your boots dirty then make sure you give them a good wash with warm water. If you leave the dirt to get ingrained in the boot upper then it will deteriorate a lot quicker. What surprises people is that you should also clean the inside of the boot as well, especially if they have a Gore-tex or eVent membrane. Again, we’ll go into more detail later.

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