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

    Travel 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."

  • Cristina Kukhar Kukhar

    Travel Expert

    Store: KENSINGTON

    Born and raised in the mountains of Ukraine before spending much of her formative youth in Spain, Cristina is one of our truly international staff members.

    Cristina's travel destinations are often determined by her love for climbing: "I got into climbing when I was 17 and my friends I would climb almost every weekend. On one of our climbing trips we stopped by El Chorro in Malaga to do the famous via ferrata called ‘El Camino del Rey’ before it got fixed and was made a touristic attraction!"

    Since moving to the UK Cristina has used London as a central base to venture all over the British Isles and the continent: "I moved to London when I was 21 and visited many cities, hiked in the Lake District, climbed and hiked in north Wales, the south and Portland. London has got amazing connections to Europe, so since I live here I got the change to visit France, Sweden, Norway, Poland, Canary Islands and Ukraine."

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Mainland Europe. "One of my favourite trips was last year, when I went back to Ukraine by myself. Since I left when I was 7 I had only been back with my parents when I was 17. I started in Poland, travelling by train and buses until I got to Ukraine and my home town Lvov. I spent a couple of days exploring and hiking around the Carpathian Mountains. I climbed Hoverla, visited the ski resort Bukovel, did some kayaking and hiking in the beautiful forests. My other favourite destination is Norway, where I've been mountain biking, camping, sailing, snowshoeing and snowboarding in Gaustatoppen alone!"