The Climbers Shop is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and is marking the occasion with three events which highlight the heritage of the Ambleside shop.
The company’s tagline is Climb, Hike, Run and to ensure they have something to appeal to all of their customers, they have created a unique event in each category that can challenge and inspire them to have fun, as well as offering the opportunity to improve their skills with mountain professionals.
Hike: Since 1981 The Climbers Shop has hosted the log book for the Long Distance Walkers Association Cumbrian Centurion Challenge also known as The Trident Way. This is a high level route for experienced walkers but the beauty is that as long as your take in the three (Trident) peaks of Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Scafell and cover 100 miles on the ground then whatever route you take is entirely up to you. Full details are held on the LDWA website or you can pay a small fee to download a route description and photos at Adventure Guides UK.
Or you could sign up to our newsletter for updates on their special Anniversary Walks where you can join members of their staff team along the route along with some very special guests to chat about equipment and their passion for the hills. There will be Academy Days too, where those wishing to venture into scrambling can tackle one of the more technical sections with a skilled Guide. Finally, there will be prizes! Share your journey around the Cumbrian Centurion Challenge with The Climbers Shop on social media using the hashtag #climbersshop60CCC for a chance to be entered in their prize draw for some fantastic kit.
So, use the winter evenings to get planning, put in some training, grab your pack and join The Climbers Shop community on our 60th Anniversary Cumbrian Centurion Challenge!
Climb: Rock climbing is at the core of The Climbers Shop’s business so this summer they want to share their passion for the vertical world of the Lake District in a unique treasure hunt where you can search for the ‘Nuts of Legends’. The Climbers Shop has teamed up with DMM and UK Climbing to give away 60 DMM Torque nuts, individually etched with “The climbers Shop 60 years” making them a limited edition and offering you the chance to own a little piece of climbing history.
The full list will be published in May offering a wide range of grades and routes and for five months through until September a host of climbing legends will be placing the Climbers Shop Anniversary Torque Nuts at either at the base or the top of a route on the list. The 60 people lucky enough to find one of our blue Nuts will be invited to send in a selfie along with the location you found it so that your details can then be entered in a grand draw. The prize will be something that money just can’t buy – a priceless piece of mountain heritage in the form of a framed image signed by those involved.
From 1st May through to the 31st September the hunt is on. Not all Blue Nuts will be in place at the same time so be sure to check routes that you return to. Hints are highly likely to be published on The climbers Shop blog pages and social media in the interim.
Run: Join The Climbers Shop on a magnificent 60k trot around some of the finest scenery the Lake District has to offer. 8 September will be the day of their Ambleside Trail 60 run expertly organised by local charity Brathay Trust (organisers of the ASICS Windermere marathon and other challenge events). Their staff team have chosen a trail route that starts in Ambleside taking in spectacular views among the classic Loughrigg, Tarn Hows, Langdales but also taking in the lesser known Gibson Knott and Langstrath – so beautiful that it features in the opening credits of Countryfile. The run will be flagged and supported with four checkpoints before you return to Ambleside for a well earned hot meal.
This run will be part of our Ultra Running weekend where suppliers will be on hand to answer kit questions as well as a host of workshops run by local physio’s, running guides and navigation specialists. The Climbers Shop are also hosting a talk on Saturday evening by the fell running legend himself Mr Joss Naylor MBE.