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.
ADAM BOOTH - Best Overall photo for the "High Sports Vito Trophy"
MIKE DAVIES - Winning photo for the Right Place Right Time category.
TOM FENWICK - Winning photo for the Action category.
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.