Chelmsford

Here are some of the key services provided by the outdoor experts in our Chelmsford shop:

  • Travel equipment & advice
  • Skis & ski boot fitting
  • Ski binding mounting
  • Snowboard & snowboard boot fitting
  • Walking boot fitting
  • Rucksack fitting
  • Running shoe fitting
  • Camping equipment & advice
  • Mountaineering equipment & advice
  • Adam Newman - Store Manager

    Hiking Expert

    Store: CHELMSFORD

    Hiking specialist Adam first fell in love with dotted green lines during his childhood as part of the Scouts. He's now been a manager in outdoor retail for over 5 years, sharing his wealth of walking experience with both customers and staff alike.

    Adam has hiked all over the UK, completing the each of the Three Peaks via numerous different routes, including Ben Nevis via the CMD arete. He's also trekked throughout much of Europe, including Portugal, the Canaries, and Iceland. "Getting to view the Northern lights in all their glory in a remote valley in Iceland was very special, accompanied by 6 dancing Mexicans and a bottle of real Mexican tequila! We were kept warm that night!".

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Anywhere in winter conditions."Anywhere with snow and ice! Love winter walking so anywhere where I can get crampons on, I'm happy. Iceland was a real stand out trip as it’s a beautiful country with so many different challenges and plenty to see on the way!"

  • Abbie Montgomery - Chelmsford

    Snowboard Expert

    Store: CHELMSFORD

    How long have you been doing your activity for? When did you start

    "I started snowboarding over 11 years ago."

    What makes you an 'expert'?

    "I have been snowboarding every year, mostly with people that like to hang out in the powder for most of the day. I have started to find my feet more in park in recent years and have helped some family and friends find their feet on the piste too, it's a great feeling to share your love of a sport with people who then find out they love it as much as you do!"

    Any unbelievable anecdotes?

    "I did once dress up for a university trip as a penguin, after being convinced to pull the hood up I had fairly restricted vision on the slope, I caught an edge and fell a fair way down a red run on my front, needless to say the Gopro footage was erased immediately."

    What's your favourite destination?

    "My Favourite resort so far has been Courchevel, the three vallees lift pass gives you a fun challenge to see how much you can complete in a day, it also means you end up racing to catch all the last lifts back over but you feel like you've really got the most out of the day."

    What are your aims this season?

    "After just getting a back protector, and some extra padding I will definitely be testing them out with some more spins and tricks this coming season."

  • Adam Blackburn - Chelmsford

    Snowboard Expert

    Store: CHELMSFORD

    How long have you been snowboarding?

    "15 years, started when I was 10 at Halifax dry slope."

    What makes you an 'expert'?

    "Been with Ellis Brigham for 8 years. Been on several board tests and company trips in that time. Racked up a lot of time on my snowboard by doing seasons in New Zealand and North America and plenty of trips to Europe and Scotland. I've spent a lot of time fixing and servicing boards, as well as selling them, so my construction and materials knowledge is pretty good. I've just moved to Chelmsford from Castleford, so I've spent a lot of time talking about snowboards and making sure my knowledge was all up to scratch, that meant I could lap the dome there a few times too!"

    What's your favourite destination/resort/challenge to carry out your expert activity? Why?

    "Big Bear, California. Not a massive mountain but the combination of kickers, rails and natural hits means you can never get bored there."

    What are your aims this season?

    "Just to go snowboarding but without spending too much money (so probably another trip to Scotland), trying to save up for a trip to Japan to get some real powder."

  • Ceire Booth

    Climbing & Mountaineering Expert

    Store: CHELMSFORD

    How long have you been snowboarding?

    "I've been mountaineering for as long as I can remember, and climbing for the last 7 years."

    What makes you an 'expert'?

    "Being on the committee of my university climbing club for a few years, I have led large groups in the mountains, taught navigation, and instructed at our indoor and outdoor climbing sessions. On my many trips to Snowdonia, I’ve tackled some of the UK's most unforgiving weather conditions, there's no experience quite like it!"

    Any unbelievable anecdotes?

    "I always pack my climbing shoes on any backpacking trip. So far, it's paid off every time. In Belize, a friend and I took a wrong bus and wound up in small village quite far off the beaten track, whilst there we just so happened to start-up conversation with a man who described himself as 'the only man in Belize with an interest in climbing'. We spent the next three days deep in the rainforest, accepting fully the risk of flesh eating flies, so that we could sample our new friend's best recommended climbs.

    "Another stand-out find was the little-known bolted sport climbing routes in Vinales, Cuba. Just beware - it's still technically illegal!"

    What's your favourite destination/resort/challenge to carry out your expert activity? Why?

    "Impossible to pick a favourite! Trad climbing on the Pembrokeshire coast is something quite special, with the waves crashing underneath, the seabirds circling all around, and the fresh sea-air in your lungs, it’s an extremely atmospheric spot for climbing. However, given the right conditions, nothing beats a bit of exploratory deep-water solo climbing on a nice stretch of river or coast in a warm country."

    What are your aims this season?

    "With the arrival of winter I’m looking to get into ice climbing, and move towards alpine mountaineering, big mountain days are high on the agenda!"

  • Hugo Whalley

    Hiking Expert

    Store: CHELMSFORD

    How long have you been hiking?

    "My earliest memories consist of hiking through Scandinavian forests with my family, learning bushcraft skills and spending time in the outdoors."

    What makes you an 'expert'?

    "I've spent several seasons of fjall guiding in Northern Sweden. I also have a variety of qualifications held in navigation and water-sports."

    Any unbelievable anecdotes?

    "I once spent a week trapped in an emergency hut on the Kungsleden Trail following the worst conditions the trail had seen at that time of year for over 60 years!"

    What's your favourite destination/resort/challenge to carry out your expert activity? Why?

    "My favourite destination is a small collection of huts on the border of Sweden and Norway near Grovelsjön. It sits a two day hike away from any other civilisation and offers an escape from electricity and other such modern amenities. The days are spent kayaking and fishing whilst the evenings are whiled away in a log-fuelled sauna interrupted only by an occasional dip in the lake to cool off."

    What are your aims this season?

    "This year I hope to sharpen my winter sports skills. I have two resort-based ski trips planned and a spot of ski-touring in Sweden. This will be coupled with several UK based winter hiking and mountaineering trips."

  • Kitt Sappe

    Ski Expert

    Store: CHELMSFORD

    How long have you been skiing?

    "I have been venturing to the mountains since I was about 10 so have been skiing for 16 years, and telemark skiing for roughly 5 years."

    What makes you an expert?

    "I have skied every year for the last 16 years did a couple of seasons in Val D’Isere, where I was able to get lots of time on the mountain. I also did many ski tests for a well known rental shop in Val D’Isere, so was able to jump on a wide variety of the next season’s skis and review them. I have attended talks on backcountry and avalanche safety and will be completing an avalanche safety course this season as well. "

    Any unbelievable anecdotes?

    "When working in the alps I received the award for the most time spent skiing! Whatever the weather I’m normally out there. I was also in the mono-ski championships and won my first heat. It is however not the most serious competition and I was in full 80s attire..."

    What's your favourite destination/resort/challenge to carry out your expert activity? Why?

    "I have skied most places in France, a few in Austria and Whistler in Canada, but my favourite resort to ski is Val D'Isere and Tignes. They are high up and there is a decent amount of off-piste to be had without hiking for hours. There are some pretty awesome bars as well!"

    What are your aims this season?

    "I would love to make it out to Niseko in Japan. They get so much snow. I would also love to learn to nose butter this season if I have enough time."

  • Mikaela Tengelin

    Ski Expert

    Store: CHELMSFORD

    How long have you been skiing?

    "21 years - I started when I was 2 years old."

    What makes you an expert?

    "I'm Swedish so I started skiing when I was 2 years old and have done it since. I've skied around both Sweden and Norway a lot and in Switzerland too. I worked servicing skis in a ski resort in Sweden when I was younger, and I attended this year's snowboard and ski tests." "

    AWhat's your favourite aspect of skiing?

    "I've done a bit of everything when it comes to skiing. It's so much fun staying on the piste for some racing and nice carves, but I do love a good park and playing around off-piste in the trees as well. "

    What's your favourite destination/resort/challenge to carry out your expert activity? Why?

    "My favourite resort is Zermatt, Switzerland. It’s a big resort with a really good variety of pistes, but I really enjoy the parks in Sweden."

    What are your aims this season?

    "I'm aiming to go to Hemsedal, Norway this season and get back into skiing after an injury."