Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, Covent Garden, London
Ellis Brigham, Covent Garden is our Flagship store; it spans two large floors and stock extensive range of all brands and product lines, with enough space to try out products like running shoes and tents before you buy. Our Covent Garden store is the only place in central London where you can ice climb and demo new kit on the indoor 8 metre Vertical Chill ice climbing wall. The store is located near the top of Southampton Street, just beside the famous Covent Garden Piazza, nearest Tube stations are Leicester Square and Covent Garden, Waterloo train station is only a 15 minute walk away.
Peter Darch - Store Manager
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Peter first tried rock climbing at the age of 15 on a visit to the Plas y Brenin activity centre in Wales, and having enjoyed the experience then went on to join the climbing club at his school in the Manchester suburb of Hyde. As his interest in the sport grew, Peter made good use of a local quarry within cycling distance of home, before moving on to more adventurous trips across the UK.
More recently, he’s climbed routes of varying difficulty in the French and Swiss mountains, Norway and even Morocco, but when he isn’t ice climbing in the Alps, Peter travels across the UK to find new routes, his most recent discovery being the granite cliffs of Cornwall.
The Roaches, Staffordshire. “The Roaches is full of classic climbs, there’s plenty of bouldering in the forest and the more you look the more hidden climbs you come across. See if you can find the bizarre house in the rock face.”
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A true running veteran, Des has competed at local, national and international levels.
He participated in his first ultramarathon in 2005, tackling the Ultra-Trail Du Mont Blanc (UTMB). He has gone on to undertake another seven ultramarathons, and considers the 2012 UTMB to be a highlight.
For all his own achievements, Des loves to help others reach their goals and ambitions, no matter what scale they’re on. In his spare time, he is a race performance trainer for King’s College London, and has helped countless people achieve their targets, making him a fantastic contact for any running advice you might have.
This year Des will once again be taking the UTMB head-on, will be running The Fellsman ultramarathon in the Yorkshire Dales, and is determined to complete a marathon sub-three hours after his 50th birthday in April - a feat most younger athletes would shy away from!
The Alps. "I'd like to run in North America and the Himalayas, but so far my favourite place to run is the European Alps."
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Richard was brought up on a farm in rural Buckinghamshire, and has had a love of the English countryside from an early age. He first got in to camping when he took the Duke of Edinburgh award with the scouts, and it has been a passion ever since.
Previous trips include a six month backpacking and camping holiday across Europe, trekking and camping in Nepal, hiking in Machu Pichu, and this year he spent the month of February on a winter camping trip in Scotland. If you’re new to camping, or you’re a seasoned backpacker and want to share stories and talk about the camping essentials you shouldn’t leave home without, come in and talk to Richard.
Red Squirrel camp site in Glen Coe, Scotland. “This camp site is great because it’s essentially wild camping, but it’s organised and safe and not too commercial. It’s an incredible spot, near a brook, but despite having a good pub not too far away it still remains deserted and beautiful.”
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Despite her age, Tower House expert Mollie is one of our most experienced high-altitude mountaineers and boasts a summit repertoire that could put veterans to shame. Mollie began her love of the outdoors at a young age, climbing and sailing around her hometown of Torbay, Devon. After a school expedition to Mt. Kenya when she was seventeen, Mollie caught the mountaineering bug. In 2012, after years of determination, Mollie became one of the youngest women ever to reach the summit of Mt. Everest.
At just 22 years old, Mollie’s love for the planet’s highest summits has taken her to some extraordinary places. She has scaled summits in the Alps, Andes, East Africa, and Jbel Toubhkal - North Africa’s tallest peak, but her weak spot lies with the mighty ranges of Asia. Not only has Mollie conquered Everest, but she has also tackled the highly technical neighbouring peak of Ama Dablam, and remote peaks in India’s mountainous Ladakh region.
This year Mollie will be part of an all-female expedition to the beautiful remote ranges of Kashmir, seeking out virgin peaks and glaciers to help raise the tourism profile of the war-torn area.
Nepal. "I love Nepal. It’s such a beautiful place! The Sherpa culture is amazing – so giving and honest – and it’s reflected in the mountaineering there."
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10-12 Southampton Street,
Tel. 0207 395 1010
Fax. 0207 395 1023
Mon - Fri: 10.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday: 9.30am - 6.30pm
Sunday: 11.30am - 5.30pm
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"I just wanted to say that my husband and I visited your Covent Garden store last week to purchase a couple of items for the upcoming OMM event. The staff were so friendly and helpful with such a wealth of knowledge and experience. It could not be more different to the experience we had in another outdoor store nearby, where the staff neither knew what brands they stocked, nor could they give any advice. The two members of staff who most stood out were both called Michael, despite one of them only being his first day. I just wanted to let you know that the service your staff provide is a step above the competition and greatly appreciated."
"I visited your Covent Garden store on Wednesday, 9th January, and again on Saturday, 12th January. I would like to say that the service that i received was excellent. I bought a pair of Meindl boots, and was helped by an extremely polite and knowledgable member of your staff, whose name is Benjamin D. I believe that this level of service is surprisingly rare in London, and i will definitely recommend Ellis Brigham Covent Garden to my friends and family. Thanks once again to Benjamin D."
"I feel I should bring to your attention the best customer service that I received in a very long time when we visited your Covent Garden Store on Saturday and were assisted by Magda in the ski section. Having skied for twenty years and have always struggled to get the correct fit of my boots, it was evident that she was extremely well informed regarding the physiological dynamics of the foot and the problems resulting from incorrectly fitted boots. She was well versed on the different boots that were available in the market place and their suitability for my level of skiing. I can’t commend her enough in the professional way we were treated and therefore feel it should be brought to your attention as she is an absolute asset to your company and business."