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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The Climbers Shop and Joe Brown ISM & BMG Retail Partnership

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   on 04/06/2018 10:25:17



The Climbers Shop and Joe Brown are very proud to be associated with the International School of Mountaineering (ISM) based in Leysin, Switzerland, and to be their official retail partner.

The International School of Mountaineering is widely recognised as the most foremost organisation of its kind. Since 1965 the school has been running the most extensive programme of alpine mountaineering courses available to English-speakers internationally. This is coupled with a range of treks cross the Alps in summer, Ski Tours and Off-Piste skiing courses throughout the spring, and ice climbing courses in winter months. Countless people have discovered the mountains throughout ISM; experienced climbers return time after time to enjoy and progress through a wide-ranging alpine programme and perhaps share the great adventure of an ISM expedition.

Both Joe Brown Shops and The Climbers Shop have an equally long history; with The Climbers Shop in 1959 in Ambleside, Cumbria and the very first Joe Brown shop opening in 1966 in Llanberis, North Wales. The Climbers Shop and Joe Browns very own heritage of supplying the very best in mountaineering and climbing gear, very much compliments ISM’s tradition of offering the very best training in mountaineering and Alpinism, so in many ways our partnership was an obvious choice.

If you have booked an ISM course, you can benefit from preferential ISM client prices on all our clothing and gear, whether its new ice tools, replacement mountain boots or technical alpine clothing that you need.

For further information about the courses and services run by ISM, visit their website.


The Climbers Shop and Joe Brown are very proud to be official retail partners for the British Mountain Guides (BMG). We feel honoured to have this affiliation with respected, professional and skilled mountain professionals - essentially the best out there!

The British Mountain Guides work extensively throughout the UK, Europe and further afield in the worlds most remote and challenging mountain ranges, collectively sharing their passion for climbing, mountaineering and skiing with client of all abilities and skill sets. With a solid base of experience and knowledge (every guide is put through a rigorous, demanding but highly rewarding training scheme) the British Mountain Guides aim to promote safety, enjoyment and good practice in climbing and mountaineering.

Working is such demanding conditions and environments, these guides require the best gear and clothing available. Here at Joe Brown and The Climbers Shop, we aim to provide not only our customers, but working mountain professionals with the best kit available. With top brands such as Mountain Equipment, Patagonia, La Sportiva, DMM, Scarpa (Pro Shop), Rab and Grivel (Pro Shop), we are proud to be on the best specialist climbing and outdoor gear shops in the UK and proud to have an official retail partnership with the BMG.

To find out more about the work BMG do, about finding a guide, or even how to become a guide yourself, visit their website.



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