Our collection of artefacts starts from the late 1800s right up to the present day. This collection shows much of the development of mountaineering equipment throughout the 21st Century and compliments our separate handling collection which is available for use by school groups and other education projects.

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Across this period we hold many items of particular interest.

  • Yvon Chouinard’s Chouinard Ice hammer used on Mt Kenya 1975
  • clothing worn by Sir Chris Bonington (1934-), Doug Scott (1941-) and Pete Boardman (1950-1982) on expedition
  • equipment from 1975 Mount Everest expedition including Dougal Haston’s oxygen equipment
  • Sir John Hunt (1910-1998) candle lanterns
  • Mallory Replica Clothing
  • Mountain Rescue Team stretcher c. 1950’s
  • Tom Patey (1932-1970) desk used whilst a GP
  • prototype Friend – a revolutionary piece of equipment c.1974
  • prototype Whillans Box Tent c.1971
  • Scafell Crag, oil on canvas 2001 by Julian Cooper
  • Joe Tasker (1948-1982) ice axes and ice hammer
  • William Smijth-Windham (1907-1994) tent used on 1936 Everest expedition

We house over 400 items including important and historic examples of climbing equipment comprising boots, ice axes, clothing, nuts, pitons, karabiners, harnesses, rucksacks, skis and crampons.

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