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  • Easter Opening Times 2014

    The High Sports shop will be closed as followed over the Easter holiday period:

    Good Friday 18th April - Closed

    Easter Sunday 20th April - Closed

    Easter Monday 21st April - Closed

    All other days the shop will be open as normal from 9 am - 5.30 pm and our website is of course available 24/7

    Thanks for visiting High Sports, enjoy your adventures !

  • HS Photo Comp 2014 Winners

    The 2013/4 High Sports Winter lecture series ended on another high with the Local Spot, always a series favorite and as ever a mixed bevvy of inspirational presentations by local adventurers , plus the final audience judging of the first High Sports Photo Competition :

    Dave Manby - Of Dudh Kosi BBC film fame, Dave told of recent exploratory kayak descents of some other Himalayan classic rivers including the upper Zanskar.

    Sean Grady (High Sports) & Tom Fenwick hilariously recaptured highlights from their 3 month USA road trip during 2013 from Squamish to Bishop.

    Mike Davies - Black Cuillin Ridge, Skye (Click here to link to a full account & photos at High Sports - Info - Articles to Inspire).

    David Whiley - Film of sailing the Outer Hebrides, Scotland.

    Alex Rankin - Cycling the major Alpine passes; Col Du Galibier etc...

    Stuart Cathcart (High Sports) - Cycling to Cape Wrath, Scotland. Plus a unique 5 day cycle trail OFFA'S BYKE,  following the Offa's Dyke path from Prestatyn to Chepstow during the blistering heat of July 2013.

    This years Winter series incorporated the first High Sports Photo Competition. There were two main categories for entries (All photos to had been taken in the mountains). Category: Action.    Category: Right Place Right Time.  The "High Sports Vito Trophy" was awarded for the Best Overall photograph selected from all the entries. The judging took place via an audience vote, all photos projected on screen.  Considering it was the inaugural year for the competition and only open to those attending the Winter series of lectures the participation response from both entries and audience was stunning. With over 50 quality photographs in the frame for the audience to finally elected the three winners as follows:

    Photo Competition winners L-R:  Mike Davies,  Adam Booth's Dad with the "High Sports Vito Trophy", Tom Fenwick.

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    ADAM BOOTH - Best Overall photo for the "High Sports Vito Trophy"

    ADAM BOOTH OVERALL VITO AWARD WINNER 2014

    MIKE DAVIES - Winning photo for the  Right Place Right Time  category.
    MIKE DAVIES RIGHT PLACE WINNER 2014

    TOM FENWICK - Winning photo for the  Action  category.TOM FENWICK ACTION WINNER 2014

    Thanks to all those speakers, competition entrants and audiences who supported another memorable High Sports Winter Series.   2014/15 series program soon to be revealed.

  • Australia By Bicycle

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  • HS Ambassador on Kinabalu

    Only a couple of months since waving goodbye to one of our High Sports star fell running ambassadors, Steve Cale, emigrated to Hong Kong, and he's sending us reports of his exploits; a "quick tick" Kinabalu. I doubt whether his local mountain guide was necessary or able to keep up with him, our British Fell Running Champion :

    Mt Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia, was an awesome day.  It stands at 4095mtrs but as it sits so close to the equator there is no snow and ice; unusual for such a great lump.  Unless you do the annual climbathon, a race which attracts some of the world's top mountain runners, you have to climb it with a guide.  This is a good way to invest in the local economy and also get chance to find out about the peak.  If you go up and down in a day then there are very few people on the amazing summit plateau. Most people do it in two days and watch the sunrise from the summit on day two.

    Mt Kinabalu is an amazingly impressive mountain rising alone above the jungle.  After endless steps up through the dense forest you get into the clearings from where the crazy granite pinnacles if the summit are visible.  My guide was a local guy who had summited 400 times and come third in the climbathon. Despite this, I was determined to enjoy being on the mountain and not just thrash it up and down.  It took 7 hours in total.  Half an hour on the top was bliss, though I had to be careful not to bake in the equatorial sun and thin air.  Despite the blue sky I needed my High Sports Patagonia jacket to keep warm and not frazzled.

    This mountain is a great day and is not too technical a climb at all.  Accommodation and food are readily available half way up.  Amazing Borneo was the company that I went with but there are a number of tourism operators.

    I'll fill you in on the handful of races I've done sometime soon!

    Hope the UK weather is as perfect as here !  Steve.

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  • A Little Bit of History

    On the 29th May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay made the first ascent of Everest, the worlds highest mountain at 29,029ft (8848m).

    Years later (around 1984) during a chance meet between Hillary and Stuart Cathcart of High Sports, a pair of goggles used on the 1953 expedition were gifted to Stuart.

    Last year (2013) marked the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest and in celebration High Sports Ambassador Adam Booth took the goggles with him to the summit of Everest.

    Adam reached the summit of Everest at 6.40am on the 13th May 2013. He got home safely and  returned the goggles to High Sports, where they now take pride of place surrounded by pictures from Adams expedition.

    Next time you're in Shrewsbury please take the time to come and view this unique little bit of history.

    Display Production & Design by Steve Hughes Photography of Shrewsbury 07774 299667  sh.photography@btconnect.com

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