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

Lake District Overun By Racing Snakes!

   Words by tcsh

   on 04/08/2009 16:16:00

As reported last week, this weekend, the Lake District played host to almost 400 super fit fell runners as they competed in the 2nd Annual Lakeland 100 Ultra Marathon, sponsered by Montane.

Although not all of them opted for the full 100 miles, they all had to battle against continuously steep terrain and tricky conditions as the rain lashed down for much of Friday night and Saturday morning. With trickles of water bursting into life as full blown streams, the already tricky trails and tracks were swamped in surface run off to make for some difficult running conditions.

Those who did battle through we offered some respite as the sun emerged at Saturday lunch time to dry some of the trails out. But rain or shine, they still had to make it round the 100 (or 50) mile circuit of the Lakes and many fell by the wayside, beaten this time by the steep terrain.

But finally, after 22 hours 46 minutes and 29 seconds, Andy Rankin came through the last checkpoint in first place, over an hour and a quarter in front of his nearest rival Steve Birkinshaw. The womens event was won by Rachael Lawrence in 31 hours 47 minutes and 3 seconds but was actually the only women to even finish the race. Far from that making it an easy victory however, she actually came in 15th overall, beating the majority of the male competitors.
The Lakeland 50, which started on Saturday and also finished up in Coniston with the Lakeland 100 was won by Mark Palmer in 8 hrs 29 mins & 7 secs with the first female, Lucy Colquhoun, coming in in 9 hrs 51 min & 19 secs.

Full race results can be found on the Lakeland 100 Site.

On a similar note (only slightly less distance!) Ambleside Sports Day took place last Thursday (30th July) and, as always, featured a fell race around our iconic landscape of Fairfield Horseshoe. The Rydal Round starts at Rydal Park and follows the 9(+) miles up to Fairfield and back down High Pike and Low Pike to end up back in Ambleside. With 3000 feet of ascent followed by the same on the way down, it can be a real thigh burner.

The winning time, and course record, was claimed by Kendal runner Alastair Dunn in a time of 1 hour and 21 minutes, shaving over a minute off the previous record.
More to the point though, our very own Bryan came in 7th with a respectable time of 1 hr & 34 mins. Not put off, he's heading out tomorrow to compete in the Steel Edge run, a 'straight up - straight down' sprint of 553 metre summit (rather him than me!)

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