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    High Street, Llanberis, Caernarfon, LL55 4HA. View the map
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    Purveyors of the very finest climbing equipment for 50 years.

    Joe Brown is considered the foremost rock climber and mountaineer of his generation, and perhaps the greatest all round mountaineer ever. You can read a biography of his climbing career if you click here.

    In 1966 Joe opened the Llanberis climbing shop with his wife Val. The Capel Curig shop opened a couple of years later and over the years the shops have earned the reputation of being among the best specialist climbing equipment and outdoor gear shops in the UK.

    As an independent mountaineering, climbing equipment and outdoor business we focus on providing honest and personal advice, as well as great ranges of mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, walking, hiking, expedition and alpine climbing equipment.

    So if you find yourselves visiting Snowdonia, which we hope you will, please pop in and see us at one of our locations in Llanberis or Capel Curig. You will be sure to find an Alladin's cave of technical gear and equipment from all the major quality specialist outdoor brands. Or if at home or work then enjoy browsing or shopping on our web site.

    Most of all though enjoy your time outdoors whatever your pastime, have fun and be safe!

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  • Climbing Ropes

    Climbing Ropes

    Single, Half and Static ropes from Beal, Petzl, Mammut, DMM, Edelweiss and Edelrid for sport, trad climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing and climbing walls.

    Single ropes are designed to be used on their own. Most climbers starting indoors are introduced to single ropes first, as all climbing walls use the single rope system for top-roping and lead climbing. Single ropes have a valid use in trad climbing where the routes follow a straight line and the gear is likely to be found along this straight line. Of course, sport climbing is almost universally done using single ropes, with longer and thinner ropes becoming the norm overseas. Half or Double ropes are generally used in mountainous, or complicated trad climbing where the route doesn\'t follow a straight line and gear is likely to be off to either side of the climber. Using double ropes helps keep rope drag to a minimum. Half ropes are also helpful for winter and alpine climbing where full length abseils are possible by tying the two ropes together. Static ropes are really semi-static, they do have a little stretch, but cannot be used to belay a climber as the forces in a fall will not be absorbed by any stretch in the rope. Static ropes are used for abseiling, or rigging anchors at the top of the crag. We also stock a range of static cord, or para-cord, in diameters from 2mm to 8mm, this can be cut to lengths for rigging, prussiks, or general accessory use.
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