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

Dirtbags Climbing began in 2017 with a reluctance to throw away retired climbing gear, a sewing machine found in a skip, and two mad creatives. Jen and James have since worked their butts off collecting old gear, and fabrics to create and make ever since.

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

We aim to educate and inform those who want to do their bit by upcycling, repurposing and recycling. We collect old climbing gear, outdoor textiles and just about anything that comes our way to give it all a brand spanking new life.

Dirtbags 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 Dirtbags? We do! Find out more…

Team Dirtbags



Engineer. Climber. Fixes everything; designs most things.


Gear collecting, repurposing/ recycling eco warrior. The ‘creative’ type.


Chalk bag maker extraordinaire. 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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