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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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  • Snap Gate Carabiners

    Snap Gate Carabiners

    Snap Gate Carabiners are available as either solid or wire gates for all types of rock climbing, indoor climbing and mountaineering. Snap Gate Carabiners are available as either solid or wire gates. Solid gates are seen to be 'sturdier' than their skinnier wire counterparts. Sport climbers like solid gates for their ease of clipping bolts and rope in extreme situations. Bent gate biners make clipping rope easier, and straight gate are generally used to differentiate the 'rope' from the 'gear' end of a quickdraw. Wire Gate biners are lighter and don't suffer from the 'click' inertia problem solid gates have where the gates can open during a fall. They are also much better at resisting cold conditions and not freezing up. The weight saving is the final advantage of wire gates, a few grams per carabiner over a whole rack will make a real difference! We have snapgates of all styles from DMM, Troll, Black Diamond, Petzl, Wild Country and Climbing Technology.
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