The Joe Brown Shops (Est 1966) and The Climbers Shop (Est 1959)

With over 100 years of retail heritage our shops are incredibly proud to offer a huge choice of clothing and equipment for climbers, mountaineers, hillwalkers and trail runners. Our story was begun by pioneers back in the days when hemp ropes were all the rage. Today, our team are equally passionate about sharing their experience of the products we stock so you don’t have to experience the hard lessons they have already learned. To read about our journey and where we are heading click below….

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21st Century Staff Training–Outdoor Gear Coach

   Words by tcsh

   on 27/01/2017 15:39:34

The Climbers Shop are very excited to announce that we are using Outdoor Gear Coach to help you make informed independent choices about the right kit for the activities you love.


Have you ever considered why rucksacks aren’t waterproof? How you can be wearing seven layers but still be cold? The mystery of why many modern waterproofs weigh less but cost more compared to your trusty old faithful from the 90’s?

Then worry no more because our staff team can answer all of these questions and many, many more as a result of the pioneering independent training programme created by Professor Mary Rose of Lancaster University and Mike Parsons, founder of OMM outdoor clothing and equipment.

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Combining Mike’s extensive outdoor equipment experience (he was also MD of Karrimor in it’s hey day) with Mary’s textile expertise along with eight other expert editorial team members from across the globe, the Outdoor Gear Coach training modules are even being approved for further training by outdoor professionals of the British Association of Mountain Leaders, Association of Mountain Instructors and/or British Mountain Guides before reaching our staff team. OGC do not do test reviews and use at least two garment brands in their research. This ensures complete brand impartiality meaning that we can cut through the marketing to give you the simple facts required to help you make your choice.

So whatever type of adventure you love why not come and visit us or give us a call and tell us what you are up to. Our entire staff team have spent many hours outdoors, learning gear lessons the hard way and now, with the help of Outdoor Gear Coach they can explain exactly why a piece of equipment may, or may not be ideal for the adventures you have planned.

To check out Outdoor Gear Coach yourself visit

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