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    5th SEPTEMBER 2018

    High Sports has now ceased trading from its Shrewsbury shop due to retirement.

    During our extended retirement holiday we aim to take pleasure in using the quality equipment that was the foundation of our business. High Sports was first established in 1982 at the Wyle Cop shop in Shrewsbury and so it was a sad day to say goodbye. We were proud of the friendly personal service we hope we provided, the local & wider community we served and enjoyed hearing about all your adventures.

    Thank you to all our customers for your support during the past 36 years.

    The High Sports team.


    HS CLOSING DOWN - After 36 years of successful trading independent mountain sports shop High Sports are closing their doors. Family run business headed up by legendary climber, outdoor adventurer and local charity fund raiser Stuart Cathcart has decided it’s time to retire and take a long holiday, “It’s a big world out there and life is short, we are all our own inspiration, so time to crack on”.
    Although the ‘closing down’ signs have only been up for a few days trading has been very brisk with well wishers and those after a bargain. All stock is discounted so don’t delay if you want the full choice whilst stocks last.
    Thanks to all our loyal customers for their support along with suppliers and dedicated ambassadors and faithful staff who have crossed the threshold into our magic and highly respected little shop with the big friendly heart at the bottom of The Cop. As a focal point for the climbing and outdoor community the shop has always been proud of a special relationship with its customers, regularly the scene for customers relaying heroic stories of adventures far and wide, adventures which Stuart now also plans to catch up on. Help support our final process and grab a quality bargain.


  • UK Dehydration Records 2018

    Congratulations to all who capitalised on the recent spell of Mediterranean weather dehydrating the UK and staging some outstanding record breaking performances; Nicky Spinks (one of the speakers at last Winter’s HS Lecture Series) set the bar very high with the first ever Double Ramsey Round which includes Ben Nevis & 57,000ft of ascent in 55hours. After winning the Mt. Blanc marathon the week before Kilian Jornet blew away the long standing 1982 Billy Bland record for the Bob Graham Round (Lake District) in 12hrs 52mins. And also not forgetting all of us chasing our own personal ‘big ticks’, with no time for excuses. But two efforts we are very proud to report and close to the heart of High Sports:

    HS ambassador Angus Kille made a very rare ascent of Indian Face on Cloggy, North Wales, a prestigious E9 climb where only a handful have dared to venture since Johnny Dawes endorsed his legendary status back in 1986. (JD was there to witness the ascent by Angus).  We could say “About time Angus” having been seriously dedicated to being at the top of his game for a couple of years, but the mind games for success or becoming a nasty mess that climbs like this conjure up deserve unforced respect and the lad chose his moment with perfection. HS Youngster in the Mountains to a living legend. Awesome Angus!

    Also Bess Robson, another early HS Youngster in the Mountains recipient, customer & friend, is currently pedalling through the Alps, one of the many challenging hurdles on her epic journey to become one of 33 starters who set out on 20th June to cycle unsupported, Spot tracked, on the first adventure “race” from North Cape  to Tarifa (Gibralter) 7368 kms.  A monumental effort, keep it going Bess !

    Angus Kille on Indian Face, Clogwyn Du'r Arddu. Photo Nick Dixon

    ANGUS INDIAN FACE 2018 (1305 x 1618)


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  • The Nose Record falls further

    Late October 2017 Brad Gobright & Jim Reynolds incredibly revised The Nose record on El Cap to an unbelievable 2hr 19min 44secs (It takes most of us that long to do the first pitch hauling gear to survive the regular 3 day journey up the wall !).
    The following is an excellent watch not far off real time, phew !

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