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

The Climbers Shop Glossary

   Words by tcsh

   on 11/08/2010 10:11:47

When we write our product descriptions, we try and make them as easy to read as possible but at times we may use terms or phrases that are a bit ‘techie’ or appear to be outdoor gear jargon. Never fear however, we have now written a pretty comprehensive Glossary or Jargon Buster to help you if you are confused.

Just click on the category below to take you to the right glossary;


Do you know your nuts from your hexes? or the difference between a double rope and a twin rope? Found out more with our Climbing Glossary


Confused by all the different fabrics and brand names? Eliminate that confusion with our Outdoor Clothing Glossary


Don’t let buying boots boggle your brains, get the right terminology with our Outdoor Footwear Glossary

Outdoor Equipment

Don’t be put off by all the gadgets and gizmo’s, get the inside info with our Outdoor Equipment Glossary


If you feel that there is a term that it missing from the list then why not email us with it and we will be happy to add it in for you.

Head back to the other Gear Guides.

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