Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports, 130 Deansgate

Our Deansgate shop has a great range of all products, particularly footwear and clothing. It’s also home to one of our indoor ice walls, where you can book beginner lessons or try out the latest climbing gear. The store is an Inov-8 specialist centre, a The North Face Summit Series specialist and an Osprey Backpack Vantage Point.

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

  • Travel equipment & advice
  • Skis & ski boot fitting
  • Ski binding mounting
  • Walking boot fitting
  • Rucksack fitting
  • Climbing equipment & advice
  • Running shoe fitting
  • Camping equipment & advice
  • Mountaineering equipment & advice
  • Rob Evans - Store Manager

    Skiing Expert

    Store: MANCHESTER 130 DEANSGATE

    Rob has been with Ellis Brigham for over 16 years now, and he’s one of our resident ski gurus. Rob’s first ski season was in Copper Mountain in the States, and during the trip he qualified as a ski instructor.

    Since then he has taught skiing in Italy, Switzerland and Austria, as well as being present on over 10 Ellis Brigham ski tests. He loves ski mountaineering so if you’re planning a trip that might take you into the backcountry, make sure you chat to Rob first about the right safety equipment.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Chamonix & Verbier. “One word: Backcountry.”

  • Bicky Sijali

    Mountaineering Expert

    Store: MANCHESTER 130 DEANSGATE

    Not many people can present a climbing resume quite like Bicky. Growing up in Pokhara, Nepal before coming to Manchester, he summited Annapurna, Ama Dablam, Kangchenjunga and more lesser-known peaks that he can count.

    Bicky is certified Nepali Mountain Leader and has been working as a mountain rescuer on Mt. Everest as a part Himalayan Rescue Associations, as well as Oldham Mountain Rescue Team. He is currently focusing on teaching his two sons to climb and planning expedition to Dhaulagiri.

    Favourite Place/Resort

    Himalayas, Nepal: "It’s my home. There are no other mountains like Himalayas".

  • Jack O'Hanlon

    Skiing Expert

    Store: MANCHESTER 130 DEANSGATE

    Skiing expert Jack joined the Ellis Brigham team in the summer of 2013. A relative newcomer to the sport, he only took to the planks four years ago, but his skillset exceeds that of most seasonairres. Jack learnt the basics from Slopestyle Olympian and X-Games medallist James 'Woodsy' Woods and legendary freestyle coach Pat Sharples, and his arsenal of tricks includes a Rodeo 720, with a 1080 on the horizon.

    Jack loves the ski industry, and takes every opportunity to train and increase his knowledge of equipment.

    Favourite Place/Resort

    Andorra. "I love Andorra as it's pretty snow sure, it's relatively cheap and has great après."

  • Andy Barlass

    Climbing Expert

    Store: MANCHESTER 130 DEANSGATE

    Despite a fear of heights, Andy is a highly experienced and knowledgeable climber. After taking it up in sixth form, he quickly progressed through from bouldering to trad and eventually winter climbing in Scotland.

    His love of climbing has taken him across Europe, bouldering amongst the legendary crags of Fontainbleu, and this summer he'll be climbing in the Alps.

    Favourite Place/Resort

    Cairngorms. "My favourite climbing spot has to be the Cairngorms. I really feel the cold and wear about seven layers, but Coire an t-Sneachda is amazing - I've been three times this year already!"

  • Nathan Humphries

    Mountaineering Expert

    Store: MANCHESTER 130 DEANSGATE

    Nathan is Deansgate's UK mountaineering professional. A fully qualified Mountain Leader, 3 Peaks Challenge guide, single pitch and Vertical Chill Ice Wall instructor, there aren't many that can surpass his knowledge of the skills and equipment needed to tackle winter conditions on British mountains.

    Nathan began his love of the hills at infancy and by 6 years old had already conquered Ben Nevis. "Summiting Ben Nevis at such an young age is something I will never forget", says Nathan, though he has since gone on two completing the 3 Peaks Challenge twice in one week!

    He is planning to go deep water soloing in Thailand, before spending as much of the coming winter in Scottish Highlands as he can.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    Snowdonia, North Wales. "I love it for its changable weather forecast and it's ease of accessibility from Manchester!"

  • Andy Evans

    Climbing & Mountaineering Expert

    Store: MANCHESTER 130 DEANSGATE

    From bouldering, through sport and trad up to the Alps and Scottish winter – Andy does it all. Spending most of his weekends clambering around the Lake District, Andy became keen in walking and camping as well.

    A Zugspitze and Grossglockner summiter and Peak District grit regular, Andy is planning big; currently training to get his form up for his planned trip to Australia.

    Favourite Place/Resort

    Borrowdale, The Lake District: "Multi-pitch routes over there are just second to none and isolated enough for you to focus on climbing alone".

  • Mikaela Jelving

    Travel Expert

    Store: MANCHESTER 130 DEANSGATE

    Growing up in Sweden, Mikaela was always on the move – and stamps in her passport say it best. She spent every other winter in northern Sweden (but never got tired of Northern Lights), managed to travel all over Europe, sleep under stars in Australian outback, hike through Malaysian jungle and do some white water rafting in New Zealand.

    Favourite Place/Resort

    Antarctica: "I've always wanted to go to Antarctica, witness the penguin colonies and experience the polar day".