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

The Climbers Shop Gear Guides

   Words by admin

   on 23/07/2010 14:38:30

We’ve written a selection of gear guides to help you to make the right decision about what outdoor gear to buy. Our gear guides are written from our point of view, and are an opinion only. They are there to provide some advice and guidance on the subject in question but should not necessarily be followed to the letter without further research elsewhere.

Hopefully, the gear guides will prove to be a useful and informative aid to your gear buying.

Select a gear guide from the list below;

Gear Guide Title


Clothing & Equipment Size Charts

Find out what size you need from our major clothing and equipment brands

Waterproof Jackets and Clothing

Gore Vs eVent – what are the benefits?

Rock Climbing Shoes

Improve your rock climbing performance with better fitting shoes


Choosing the right one for you

Sleeping Bags

The things you should know to stay warm at night

Walking Boots

Be safe & avoid those blisters


The essential part of your camping kit

Soft Shell clothing

Adaptable clothing for changeable weather


Fundamental metalwork for any climber

Windproof clothing

What makes it work any better than a fleece?


To make choosing a suitable rope for your needs a bit easier

Ice Axes

Essential kit for the mountaineer


Get a grip

How to Clean & Waterproof Outdoor Gear

A comprehensive guide to looking after your outdoor gear

Down vs Synthetic

Which one suits you better?


Eliminate confusion with our ultimate Jargon-Busters!


Is there a subject that you feel we’re missing? Email us to let us know about it.

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