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

Winter is on it’s way (we are all hoping!)

   Words by tcsh

   on 22/11/2012 15:22:27

The current weather outlook is set to get cold and we are all looking forward to what we hope is a good, cold winter. Have a look at this video full of winter shots that Helen has put together, which we hope will give you a little inspiration for hitting the fells, whether walking or climbing this season.


Bryan is heading up to Scotland next week and taking a pair of the new DMM Apex axes which we now have in stock. So we’ll get a review from him when he’s back! We certainly all look very impressed with them and will be keen to hear how they perform.

Staff Training

Staff members, Helen and Paul recently went over to Lyon Equipment for a course about rope’s, presented by Beal. This also gave us a chance to check out Lyon Equipment’s impressive new headquarters in Tebay. We got a full tour of the place and saw first hand everything that goes on within Lyon Equipment. We were particularly impressed with the size of their canteen and constant supply of tea and cakes! (note: this has been passed onto management)

Fantastic, informative and thought provoking are a few words to describe what the conference was like. The knowledge we were given about ropes by Beal rope guru, Renald, was excellent. The presentation included lectures, demonstrations, and various lab tests. Everything was covered, including:

  • Fall Factors
  • Pulley effects
  • Knots in slings
  • Heat effects on ropes
  • Rope treatments
  • Rope manufacture process
  • Advantages and disadvantages of Dyneema and Nylon
  • Semi-static and dynamic ropes

The results of certain tests were truly quite fascinating and at times, alarming. We spent a bit of time in the Work and Rescue part of the building doing tests on different strength ratings and adding various factors such as putting knots in the slings.

All in all, it was a really great day and thanks to Lyon Equipment and Renald from Beal. We certainly took and learnt a lot from it and we as a shop were really happy to be apart of it.

If you have any queries about ropes, whether you’re starting out and can’t decide what your first rope should be, or you already have summer under the belt but want to know what is best to use for winter, please don’t hesitate to give us a ring, email or pop in the shop for advice.

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