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 outdoor 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.

Here are some of the key services provided by the experts in our Covent Garden shop:

  • Travel equipment & advice
  • Skis & ski boot fitting
  • Ski binding mounting
  • Ski & snowboard mounting
  • Snowboard & snowboard boot fitting
  • Walking boot fitting
  • Rucksack fitting
  • Climbing equipment & advice
  • Running shoe fitting
  • Camping equipment & advice
  • Mountaineering equipment & advice
  • Tara O'Rourke - Manager

    Travel Expert

    Store: COVENT GARDEN

    Travel expert Tara hails from North Vancouver, so being based in London already gives her a head-start when it comes to travel expertise. As a child, her family would take her on road trips across the USA, and when she finished college, she embarked upon a backpacking trip across Western Europe with her sister.

    With a deeply-rooted thirst for adventure, Tara then undertook a lone trip backpacking across the Middle East. Encompassing Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Egypt, she witnessed every aspect of the region - both the good points and bad - but considers Syria one her favourite places to visit. "The people were just amazing and some of the most friendly I've ever met."

    Since then, she has lived in Ireland, toured Europe and spent time as a resident in Dallas, Texas - a place she would use as a base to roadtrip the American Mid West and Canada. Never one to keep still, she has also toured South America, ranking Southern Bolivia as one the most beautiful in the world, and recently joined the Haglofs Arctic Weekend in Sweden... it's safe to say Tara doesn't leave many stones unturned!

    Tara's next adventure will be 18 days spent visiting Vietnam this summer.

  • Des Rhule

    Running Expert

    Store: COVENT GARDEN

    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!

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    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."

  • Nacho Garcia

    Climbing Expert

    Store: COVENT GARDEN

    Nacho began ice climbing when he joined Ellis Brigham's Covent Garden shop over five years ago. Immediately realising he had found his niche, he became an ice wall instructor and now manages our London Vertical Chill indoor ice wall.

    Nacho loves his job, and the opportunity it gives him to train his skills and technique on the ice: "Most people go ice climbing once or twice a year, I do it two or three times a month plus at least one trip a year somewhere outdoors. That has allowed me to improve and polish my technique quite fast. It also gives me access to quite a wide range of gear that I can test and try."

    He also relishes the chance he gets to learn from some of the world's top athletes: "Meeting good ice climbers in the ice wall and learning from their experience also helped me, but I learned the most when I had ice climbing training classes with top worldwide climbers Tim Emmett and Dave Mcleod."

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    The Alps. "My favourite destination for ice climbing is the Alps. Lovely food, French or Italian depending on which side you are on and it's not overly cold, so the ice is soft and nice to climb."

  • Tom 'TC' Clinton

    Snowboarding & Travel Expert

    Store: COVENT GARDEN

    Tom 'TC' is Covent Garden's resident snowboard department manager and also one of our in-house travel experts. TC has been snowboarding for almost 20 years and visiting Africa for even longer.



    So first, the snowboardy bit...

    Studying French at the University of Leeds meant that TC was able to spend an entire season in the French Pyrenees, snowboarding every weekend predominantly in Cauterets. He's been a part of Ellis Brigham and TSA for over 5 years, helping the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Brooklyn Beckham choose their first setups. Legendary soul singer Sade once told him she was her 'biggest fan'. A self-confessed obsessive gear-head, he knows probably all there is to know about snowboard tech and his other love; fly fishing!

    Now for the travelly bit...

    TC's family run a game reserve on the eastern cape of South Africa. He visits annually and has been on safaris in SA, Kenya, Mozambique, Botswana, and Namibia. He has helped track a wounded wildebeest in driving rain, and once managed to combine his love for snowboarding with the arid terrain of Mozambique, by teaching local kids how to snowboard on sand dunes near their village – a snowboard safari if you like! He is hoping to improve his off-road driving when he visits later this year.

    Favourite Place/Resort:

    "For snowboarding, I regularly go to the Portes-du-Soleil, mainly due to its size – on the French side, Morzine and Avoriaz are legendary within the snow-sports community – my favourite run being Prolays thanks to all its super-fun side-hits and general mellow nature. My favourite place in Africa has to be the Okavango Delta in Botswana the huge variation of terrain. It means you can view game both in classic savanna but also in the wetlands from small traditional canoes called 'mokoros'.