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Topic - Another real climbers' shop closes

Rog Wilko on 22 Apr 2013
Not sure if this is the right forum, but I've just seen in last week's Westmorland Gazette that Lakes Climber and Runner in Ambleside has folded. Sympathy goes to Bilbo and his partner - always sad to see a real climbers' shop go under. There seem to be more and more "outdoor shops" which are little more than clothing boutiques, but the way things are going it seems we'll find it increasingly hard to find specialist shops even in a place like Ambleside. We all know the reason - on-line shopping and internet bargain hunting. It's all very well, but I'm not sure where we'll go to buy boots and rock shoes - personally I'd never buy them without trying them on.
So if you're lucky enough to still have a local climbing shop I'd suggest USE IT OR LOSE IT. Or am I still living in the twentieth century?
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