Aiguille History

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‘Big roof’ Baur Dach Route Cima Ovest . Circa 1980
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Early Aiguille rucksack, late 1980’s

Aiguille Alpine Equipment was established in the Lake District, UK in 1987 by Adrian Moore. Adrian had been making outdoor equipment for himself and friends since the early 70s’. As an enthusiastic climber since his early teens and with very little money for equipment, all manner of gear was created; from harnesses and etriers made from old car seat belts to durable rucksacks made from army kit bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St John’s Head Hoy, Circa 1991

Working as a freelance outdoor instructor during the mid-80s, Adrian found himself busy most evenings repairing equipment. As a result of this, he decided to establish Aiguille and to produce high quality and functional equipment that was designed to last. This does not involve rocket science, only decent craftsmanship, attention to detail and pride in what is being made.

 

 

 

 

 

`The Attic` Circa 1987
`The Attic` Circa 1987

Over the years Aiguille has grown, moving from Adrian’s spare room at home to premises in Staveley Mill Yard. Having moved twice within the yard, Aiguille’s current location consists of a manufacturing unit and factory shop. The business now makes a vast array of outdoor products for customers both local and international. Everything is UK manufactured, on site, in the Lake District. From a starting point of making gear for Mountain Guides, Mountain Rescue Teams, outdoor professionals and enthusiasts, the Aiguille range has expanded to include, for example, canoe flotation devices, polar expedition pulks, portaledges and even fashionable rucksacks for the High Street! After 33 years, the founding idea behind Aiguille still stands strong: to manufacture high quality and functional outdoor equipment that is designed to last.