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Founded in 1981 as Moorhouse Engineering in Bethesda, soon to become DMM and move to more suitable premises in Llanberis in 1986, the company celebrated 30 years of manufacturing in 2011. In 1981 the company employed just four people, and now thirty years later we are an important employer in this area with just over 150 men and women on payroll.

The original premise of the founding directors was to make the best possible equipment at the best price. A simple premise you might think, but one that has remained central to our thinking over the intervening years, and one that has spurred us on to continue to develop and innovate, to bring unique and world leading products to the market.

From the very outset the company has developed products in two main areas; recreational climbing and mountaineering has developed alongside products aimed more at the more industrial markets. Both areas compliment each other and the areas of overlap benefit both sides. In short both sides of the business are important to sustain us in the future.

Innovation is key to our development, and we have continually invested not just in the fabric of the Factory, in plant, machinery, tooling etc but also in ambitious product development plans which can be very costly. However we recognise that it’s not sufficient to stand still and copy, we need to lead the field in our specialist areas and over the years we have done just that and all from our base here in north Wales. We have a well trained and loyal workforce and have amassed a wealth of knowledge over the years which stands us in good stead as one of the leading brands in our field worldwide.

We have just added a large extension to the Factory site to allow us to lay out a purpose built Assembly area and also a CNC machining area. This was a considerable investment for the company, but as with all our other efforts, it will enable us to be more efficient, competitive, and maintain our unique position as the sole manufacturer of climbing hardware in the UK.

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Women's all-round harnesses group test  © UKC Gear

Women's All-Round Harnesses

Many climbers are all-rounders, so there's a need for harnesses that can do a bit of everything too. We look at nine female-specific models here.


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Half Ropes for UK Trad

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How many is too many?  © Penny Orr

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Axes montage 2  © UKC Gear
Axes montage 2  © UKC Gear

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Group Test Rope Bags MOntage  © UKC gear

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Vegan Collage  © UKC Gear

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Lowering on a 9.7mm single - the deep rope grooves give plenty of grip  © Dan Bailey
Lowering on a 9.7mm single - the deep rope grooves give plenty of grip  © Dan Bailey

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DMM Raptor montage  © Dan Bailey
DMM Raptor montage  © Dan Bailey

DMM Raptor Ice Axe

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ispo 2019 Climbing Hardware  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Climbing Hardware Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic roofs) in Munich, has just wrapped up for 2019. Heavy snowfall gave this year's event a suitably wintry feel, and if we'd really...

Switch Handles being manufactured in Wales  © DMM
Switch Handles being manufactured in Wales  © DMM

DMM Ice Axe Range

For winter 2018/19 the tried and tested range of DMM ice axes has been updated with new colourways and laser markings. DMM tools are engineered for strength and reliability so they won't let you down when it really counts. The range consists of five tools.

PerfectO Colour Pack  © DMM
PerfectO Colour Pack  © DMM

DMM PerfectO

The latest carabiner to come off DMM's hot forges is the PerfectO. Its compact profile has been made possible using a new extra short gate but still maintaining ease of use, even one-handed. The gate options include straight gate, screwgate, Locksafe and Kwiklock.

OutDoor 2018 - Climbing Equipment  © Nick Brown - UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Climbing Equipment  © Nick Brown - UKC

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OutDoor 2018 thumbnail  © UKC/UKH Gear

OutDoor 2018 - Our Top 10 Products

We're just back from the annual gear fest that is the OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen. From the thousands of products on...

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Big Cams  © DMM

DMM Big Cams

The Dragon's striking TripleGrip cam lobes feature an increased contact area with a raw aluminium finish and additional bite points. These...

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ISPO CLIMBING HARDWARE  © UKC

ISPO 2018 - Climbing Hardware

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Nick Bullock on thin ice for the first ascent of Capricorn (VIII 7), Ben Nevis  © Tim Neill

Competition WINNER - Win a Pair of DMM Ice Axes of Your Choice

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PerfectO Colour Pack  © DMM
PerfectO Colour Pack  © DMM

Competition WINNER - Win a DMM PerfectO Colour Pack

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Alex Schweikart on Freerider 5.12d  © Frank Kretschmann
Alex Schweikart on Freerider 5.12d  © Frank Kretschmann

Competition WINNERS - Win 1 of 2 DMM 7 + 8 Dragon Cams

DMM's Dragon Cam family has just got bigger with the addition of the large sized 7 (purple) and 8 (green) Dragons. Here's your chance to win one of each!

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Pass T-shirt  © DMM

Competition WINNERS - Win 1 of 5 DMM T-Shirts

Enter this competition to stand a chance of winning one of our new T-shirts featuring a climbing-inspired graphic.

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Ceros square  © DMM

Competition WINNERS - Win 1 of 10 DMM Ceros belay carabiners

The Ceros, our latest directional belay carabiner, is now available in shops and online. It minimises the...

DMM Dragon Cam blue  © DMM
DMM Dragon Cam blue  © DMM

Competition WINNERS - Win 1 of 3 DMM Dragon Cams

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Nick Bullock and Paul Ramsden: A team to be reckoned with  © Nick Bullock
Nick Bullock and Paul Ramsden: A team to be reckoned with  © Nick Bullock

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DMM Summer of Trad Competition  © DMM
DMM Summer of Trad Competition  © DMM

Competition Have a #summeroftrad with DMM

Marc-Andre Leclerc on the first solo ascent of The Corkscrew  © Marc-Andre Leclerc
Marc-Andre Leclerc on the first solo ascent of The Corkscrew  © Marc-Andre Leclerc

Interview Marc-Andre Leclerc on Scottish Winter

DMM Ropes Competition Montage  © DMM
DMM Ropes Competition Montage  © DMM

Competition WINNER - Win a DMM Crux 9.1 mm or Zone 9.8 mm Rope

DMM Lightweight Harness Competition  © DMM
DMM Lightweight Harness Competition  © DMM

WINNERS - Win one of DMM's New Lightweight Harnesses


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