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In the late seventies, a revolution was brewing in Britain’s industrial heartland. Confronted with strikes, power cuts and a three-day working week, local people responded with characteristic ingenuity and grit – abandoning the factory floor in increasing numbers and escaping into the pristine landscapes of the surrounding Peak District.

The region quickly became a hotbed for climbing talent – a proving ground for a community of climbers in search of adventure, shared endeavour and a chance to hone their skills on some of Britain’s most celebrated climbing routes – from the crags of nearby Stanage Edge to the dramatic ever-changing conditions of the Scottish Highlands – before tackling even steeper challenges in the Alps and Greater Ranges. A new generation of climbers was born.

It was here in 1981 that celebrated climbing innovator and adventurer Rab Carrington set up the equipment company that bears his name today. His goal was simple: to make honest, rugged climbing kit that could perform at the highest level. Every Rab piece was made by hand and rigorously tested by the man himself or friends and fellow climbers encountering the most extreme conditions.

Today, we are ceaseless in our commitment to Rab’s exacting standards, ingenuity and pioneering spirit. We make rugged, high-performance mountain clothing and equipment that give you absolute protection, comfort and freedom on the hill, crag or peak. We use cutting edge materials as well as time-tested ones such as premium quality European down. Nothing fancy or over-engineered – just honest, hard-working pieces that you’d rather repair than replace. By climbers for climbers.

More than thirty years since our founding, we continue to find inspiration in the untamed spirit of the mountain, where we climb, the friendships we forge on the peak and our enduring mission, to awaken the climber in everyone and equip them for the ascent.




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