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.
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.
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A week ago 4 of us from the Highsports team headed to Chester to check out the new Psicobloc feature and take part in the competition. The route setter was Steve McClure and Ben Bransby was on hand in the morning giving masterclasses.After an good long warm up the we were all u for the Senior Male opening route. Sean campused his way through most of the steep section while Adam power screamed his way through along with myself and Angus. Continue reading