Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Kensington

Nestled in the heart of stylish Kensington High Street, our store specialises in climbing, trekking, mountaineering and backcountry skiing (September – April). The store offers a comprehensive range of brands including Arc’teryx, The North Face & Salomon and you’ll find the team enthusiastic friendly and knowledgeable.

  • Giacomo Puelles - Store Manager

    Travelling Expert

    Store: KENSINGTON HIGH STREET

    Born in Peru, Giacomo has been living in the UK since 2009 and is a Trek and Travel expert. He's been on many hiking and mountaineering trips across the South American Andes, visiting Lima, Uruguay and his home country of Peru, and he recently spent 2 weeks traveling deep into the Amazon rain forest by boat.

    Giacomo also lived in North America for 8 years and spent a lot of this time on road trips visiting all corners of the country, and searching out good rock climbing spots.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Lake Titicaca. “One of the highest lakes in the world and breathtakingly beautiful.”

  • Pippa Hobbs

    Travel Expert

    Store: KENSINGTON

    Pippa has been on the move from an early age, thanks to her parents living and working in many different countries throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. Given her itinerant upbringing, it was probably only natural that she grew up with a love for new places and a desire to see as much of the world as possible.

    Pip has only been in the UK since the age of 18, and before that her home life was mainly split between Switzerland and Germany. During her teenage years she got to see lots of interesting countries, such as Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Burkina Fasso, to name just a few.

    Following a stint at University in the UK, Pippa then went to the States to work as a Wildland firefighter in Montana. From there she ended up backpacking around the States for 18 months, living out of her trusty backpack. So if you've got any questions about the right kit to take on a trip away, short or long, Pippa is the person to talk to.

    Favourite Place/Resort:
    Swiss Alps. "I spent a week once in the Swiss Alps doing travel maintenance, living in mountain huts near a lake. The scenery was incredible, and we got to go rock climbing during our time off. Nothing since has quite compared for sheer natural beauty."

  • Racquel Jiminez

    Trekking Expert

    Store: KENSINGTON

    Racquel grew up in Spanish Basque country, and was lucky enough to live close to the mountains in Northern Spain. In this part of the world the peaks are an important part of everyday life, and she would often go with her father on weekend walks and treks through the hills, often with other family members and friends. These trips would sometimes include camping, and some of her favourite childhood memories feature the scenery and cliffs that surround the Pyrenees Mountains.

    As Racquel grew up, she started hiking more with friends, particularly when she was at University, when groups of students would follow the walking routes around the 'Camino de Santiago'. Having spent the last 2 years in the UK, Racquel has now got several Ellis Brigham training days under her belt, so she is becoming more familiar with British countryside and hills, and more importantly she knows a lot about all of the latest trekking equipment and clothing.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Jaizkibel mountain range. "This is an area I know really well, having grown up here, and the variety of routes is huge. I'm biased, but I think this region is also one of the most beautiful parts of the world."