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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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  • Half Ropes

    Half Ropes

    We have a range of half ropes from top quality brands including Beal, Petzl, Mammut, Edelweiss, Edelrid and DMM. Half ropes must be used in a pair, together they provide the strength to hold a fall. Most longer and mountainous traditional routes are easier to protect with half ropes as the runners and route are often not a straight line. Clipping one rope to runners on right hand side and one to the left helps reduce rope drag and helps protect the second on traverses etc. Double ropes also have the advantage over single ropes when abseiling (something much more likely to do on more adventurous cliffs), they enable you to make full length rappels by tying both ropes together at one end. This is vital in winter mountaineering and alpinism. A third bonus to climbing on double ropes is their backup ability in case rockfall or a climber fall causes one rope to be chopped. Despite these clear advantages, the downsides are the added weight/bulk and more complicated rope-management needed.
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