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

Weekend Weather - let it snow let it snow...

   Words by tcsh

   on 18/12/2009 16:16:00

Snowy MountainsWell, we haven't done this for a while but we thought this week would be a perfect opportunity to resurrect the article as we go into Christmas week and the cold weather has put in an appearance. Have you got a fiver on a white Christmas? You might be quids in if you do!

Saturday
Friday night should be quite clear which will obviously leave everything pretty much frozen come the morning in Saturday. The cloud will slowly drift in as the day progresses which will bring inevitable snow towards the end of the day and then the potential of persistant snow fall into the night time. Freezing temperatures will be at valley level for most of the day so if you're out on the fells then look out for icy patches and as you get higher then you will probably need crampons and an ice axe. Also be aware that in the wind it could feel as cold as minus 16C (but will actually be about minus 4C).
As the cloud comes in, so the wind will increase as well which could cause blizzard conditions towards the end of the day on the fells so be careful if you are planning a long route so that you don't get caught out by a white out and then get benighted!

Sunday
Sunday will continue in a similar vane to Saturday evening with mostly complete cloud cover and regular snow showers. The temperature will be similar to Saturday with a subzero measurement accross the board for the fells. As the wind speed will be fairly high (25 -35 mph) there will be a chance of gustiness bringing in sudden snow or hail showers so again, watch out for white outs (always carry a compass).

Essentially, it is looking like a  being a proper wintery weekend so please make sure you are prepared. If you plan on venturing up into the snow on the tops then you will need to take crampons and an axe and most of all, know what you are doing. Remember, if you are in doubt over your competence of what kit then don't go up into the snow, there are plenty of lower level walks available. If you want to know more about the kind of kit that you should be taking then why not pop into the shop and talk to our staff, or give us a call on 01539 432297.

Remember, you can also check our webcam for the latest views up to Fairfield Horseshoe.

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