Recycling old outdoor and climbing gear and saving it from landfill. Locally made, locally sourced.

Dirtbags Climbing began with a reluctance to throw away our old climbing gear, a sewing machine found in a skip and a bag load of creativity. Today we scout to find climbing ropes, scrap outdoor fabrics and just about anything else that gets sent our way. We aim to educate and inform those who want to do their bit by upcycling, repurposing and recycling.

We are climbers living in the Lake District, England who want to make ethical, handmade products. We don’t mass produce, and we design and make everything ourselves. We also take any good weather as it comes to play out and adventure.

We have a beautiful countryside and want to protect it so we support local businesses and groups, whilst continually striving for a circular economy. We do everything we can to be zero waste and eco friendly. The nature of modern consumerism damages our playground, so retail companies must act to minimise this. The way Dirtbags’ products are made reflect our love for the outdoors, and hopefully encourage all to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Who makes our chalk bags? We do! Find out more…

Team Dirtbags



Engineer. climber. Fixes everything; designs most things.


Long limbed founder. Gear collecting, repurposing/ recycling eco warrior.


Chalk bag maker, sewing machine queen. Strong, fierce and goddamn clumsy.



Anti gravity, bold slab climber. Lake District based.


Zoologist, climber and badass. Quite good at writing.

Do you want to join our team? We are looking for adventurers / ecowarriers who are living the dream, and want to freelance write about it, promoting our chalk bags while they are at it. UK based, good craic, dirtbag. Do these apply to you? Fill in form, email back to dirtbagsclimb@gmail.com .

Credit: Jonathan Doyle

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