Buying kit before your trip
Your info pack explains the general pattern of shops along your route. Resort towns like Chamonix and Cortina have lots of outdoor shops, whereas the villages along the route might or might not have one. If traveling through one of the cities that border the Alps, the shopping will be fantastic as we explain below.
City breaks after trekking
We encourage clients to use Alpine Exploratory's discount with Cotswold Outdoor, a chain of outdoor shops in the UK. On booking we send you the discount code to use in-store or online.
Shopping in the Alps
We are particular fans of Globetrotter and Schuster Sports in Munich, the most important German city for the Alps. In Grenoble, Au Vieux Campeur is a popular and huge store. Innsbruck has the multi-storey Sportler store. The Swiss cities each have a Mammut store plus one or two independent shops.
Isartorplatz 8-10, Munich
Shopping in Norway
If Lillehammer is a base for your trip then you are in luck: the same shops that serve the Winter skiers hold masses of stock for Summer hikers. The cities of Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim host Norrona stores - the popular Norwegian make - as well as general outdoor stores. A good range of kit can also be bought at DNT tourist offices across Norway.
Shopping in the UK
Outdoor shops in Edinburgh
The Edinburgh examples below are a good indication of the shops in big British cities, and London and Manchester in particular have lots of choice. The London areas of Kensington High Street and Covent Garden have long-standing clusters of outdoor shops; in Manchester it is Deansgate. In Scotland we like the small chain Craigdon Mountain Sports. In the Lake District there are several excellent independent shops such as The Climbers Shop in Ambleside and George Fisher in Keswick.
If staying in Edinburgh before your trip, please see the good mix of shops that - by chance - are clustered in the streets around Alpine Exploratory's office.
Cotswold Outdoor (www.cotswoldoutdoor.com)
72 Rose Street, Edinburgh
125 Rose Street, Edinburgh
Nordic Outdoor (www.nordicoutdoor.co.uk)
23 Frederick Street, Edinburgh
Also at 20 Bruntsfield Place and 225 Granton Road
The North Face (www.thenorthface.co.uk)
14-16 Frederick Street, Edinburgh
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