DMM has nearly three decades of experience in making fine quality climbing equipment. It has taken continuous hard work combined with constant investment in new technologies for DMM to achieve its position as a world leader in the design and production of climbing and mountaineering hardware.
DMM has been a constant innovator with an unsurpassed track record in bringing new and revolutionary products to market so that climbers can climb safer and harder.
Based in Llanberis, North Wales, where they have the skills, expertise and above all, the desire to continue to manufacture their our own hardware products on site. 'Made in Wales' means DMM have complete control on the quality.
Positioned in the heart of the most historical and important climbing area in the U.K. DMM see their close relationship with the climbing fraternity as a major influence on their history. Kit that is designed and made by climbers for climbers is a pretty good recipe for success.
For a the full DMM story and tour of their factory in Llanberis please click here.
At Joe Brown's we stock pretty much the entire climbing range from DMM. If we havent got it we can get it quickly, if its new we are probably the first to get it. Click here to visit our on line shop or pop in and see us next time your in North Wales.
Andy Parkin is an extraordinary artist and alpinist. Not long back from winter soloing and first ascent exploits in Nepal, he was at the recent Llanberis Mountain Film Festival (LLAMFF) exhibiting one of his sculptures.
The difference on this occasion was that he intentionally arrived with no materials and nothing to exhibit. The plan was to sift through DMM's recycling skips, relying on their contents (photo below) and spontaneous inspiration to dictate the form of the piece.
A great deal of Andy's work involves making use of found objects and discarded materials, breathing new life into them. On the Friday morning of the festival Andy went along to the skips to find them mostly full of left-over alloy from hot forging carabiners and pressing out buckles.
Just up the road from DMM in a corner of the large festival marquee Andy quietly went about his business, working his magic to conjure up his Universal Man sculpture from the retrieved scrap he'd pulled out of the skips.
The suspended three-dimensional outcome has echoes of da Vinci's Vitruvian Man but Andy's sculpture has its own impressive power and physicality, with a magnetic attraction for viewers attention. "Tortured man", "Terminator machine", "climber on a crucifix move" were some of the comments heard describing the finished work. Have a look at the short video of the making of it and see what you think
If you want to see the final work, its on display in the 'Joe Brown Corner Shop" in Llanberis high street. Pop and see it next time your in the area.
DMM New Ice Axes
The new DMM axe range is the result of 30 years of technical knowledge combined with valuable feedback from a broad range of climbers. The underlying requirement was to make a set of tools that offer exceptional performance and are built to withstand the rigours of modern climbing by being ‘bombproof’ - sturdy, strong and dependable.
DMM have engineered the light, balanced, and supremely strong ‘T Rated Integrity Construction’ method using full strength, T Rated components throughout, double riveting and high quality materials. DMM have encased the hot-forged handles with a highly insulated, durable, grippy, fully integrated moulding.
DMM have brought the classic best-sellers up to speed with full strength ergonomic handles, fresh colourways throughout and handrests on the Fly. In addition DMM introduce 2 new axes at the top end: The Apex and The Switch - modern tools for modern climbing. The range is an ‘all-mountain’ offering, covering everything from mountain walking and glacier work to Alpinism and modern test pieces.
The full range of new tools from DMM will be available from Joe Brown shops and on line as soon as they are available!