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  • Mad in Madagascar

    A big thanks to everyone who attended Gaz Parry's lecture on Tuesday night - it was an interesting look at not only some awesome climbing routes in Madagascar, but Gaz also provided a look at the differing cultures of the north and the south of the island. I think a few people will definitely be considering a trip over there after seeing some of the scenery that awaits them! Thanks Gaz.

    Next up is Martin Moran - tickets have already sold out for this one, so if you haven't already bought your ticket you're going to miss out this year. Book your tickets for the final two lectures in the online shop to avoid disappointment.


  • BMC Hill Walking Essentials

    Just a quick heads up on a series of talks coming to Shrewsbury at the end of January, run by the BMC. If you're interested in hill walking then this might be of interest to you. Tickets are currently available in the shop at £5.00 for BMC memebers and £7.00 for non members.

    The BMC will be navigating its way around venues in England and Wales in the new year. The BMC Hill Walking Essentials 2008 will be visiting Shrewsbury, Bristol, Brecon, Barnstaple, Nottingham and Huddersfield during January and February.

    Covering the essential skills and knowledge you need to operate safely and enjoy walking in the British hills, mountains and beyond, the talks are aimed at anyone who enjoys getting out and about in the outdoors. Relevant to both new and experienced hill walkers, topics will include: navigation, weather, route finding, scrambling, use of GPS and an overview of different walking areas. Plus a host of tales to inspire you on your walking adventures! Health and altitude related issues are also considered for those trekkers who aspire to explore abroad.

    Helen Barnard from the Mountain Training Trust will be delivering the talks. Helen is a full time instructor and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award coordinator for Plas y Brenin. Helen has vast experience in hill walking and mountaineering in the UK and over recent years has developed a passion for high altitude trekking in Europe, Africa and South America. All lectures start at 19:30 and finish at approx 21:30.

    Shrewsbury - Monday 28 January
    Albrighton Hall Hotel


  • Pacerpoles

    We've recently added a couple of new walking poles to the online shop section of the website.

    Pacerpoles is a British company who have really made a splash with these poles in the last couple of years. They have molded thermoplastic-rubber grips which are acutely angled for each hand so that in theory you can transmit more power through the poles. They've had a fair few excellent reviews and are generally being considered a step forward in the design of walking poles. They come in pairs and are available in either an alloy or a carbon version. These poles come in three sections and include a bunch of accessories - they really are a well made piece of kit... hopefully we're going to let Chris outside with some soon for a more comprehensive test!

    For more information on them you can see them in our Walking Poles section by clicking here.


  • New Staff Member

    High Sports has recently taken on Sam Robson as part of the in store team. Sam is a strong fell runner who is also making good progress as a climber. He's recently had some great results on the local running scene with a 21st place finish in the Breidden Race and a 10th at the Wrekin Hill Race. For a 17 year old racing against some of the best in the country this is quite a result, so we're watching with interest to see how it goes for Sam in the future - the next step is to beat his dad in the Longmynd Hike! He can normally be seen in the shop on Saturdays.


  • The Longmynd Hike

    The 40th Longmynd Hike took place over the 6th and 7th of October this year. The Longmynd Staff was won by Andrew Davies (7:51) with Gill Harris winning the Ladies Trophy (10:01). High Sport's Chris Roberts completed the course in a leasurely 20:55 and then proceeded to spend the next week or so telling everyone how great it was - evidently it gets our seal of approval! Below are some pictures taken by Steve Turk.


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