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  • First lecture of the season - Tim Emmett

    The High Sports lecture season kicked off last night with a talk from Tim Emmett. He covered a wide variety of his crazy activities including BASE jumping, climbing and mountaineering. Everyone I spoke to thoroughly enjoyed the night and Tim seemed to have a pretty good time himself too - the only problem now being the flock of young people he has no doubt inspired to find the nearest tall building and jump off it! Thanks to Tim and everyone in attendance.

    A few months ago we had a display in the shop window showcasing how Patagonia make their fleece tops from recycled plastic including bottles. There was a competition to guess the number of bottles in the window - the winner was Gill Harris (who also won the Ladies Trophy at this year's Longmynd Hike) with a guess of 600 bottles. The actual total was 612, despite Paul claiming he had made the display with over 2000. Gill went home with with one of Patagonia's fleeces and a selection of other prizes were handed out on the night to random winners.

    Last night's event was sold out and remaining lecture tickets have now either gone or are selling quickly - you can purchase them online by clicking here.

  • Upcoming Local Events

    Just a quick one to give you a heads up on two upcoming local events. These are events that High Sports thoroughly recommends if you're looking to get some fresh air in November!

    Wrekin Orienteers event at Gogbatch and Wild Moor - Sunday 18.11.07

    This event takes place on open moor land with some steep sided valleys. Courses: White, Yellow, Orange, Light Green, Red, Green, Blue and Brown. There will also be a Red course suitable for runners/fell runners. Entries are on the day only and registration is from 10:00-12:00. More information is available at the Wrekin Orienteers website, www.wrekinorienteers.co.uk.

    Annual Time Trial Little Stretton to Stiperstones - Sunday 25.11.07

    This is a competition for runners and wayfareres with interval start times from 9:30 to 11:30am. Times will be recorded for solo or paired competitors. The route isn't prescribed but is subject to rules and some local knowledge will be required. You can get more information about it from the website at www.timetrial.org.uk. This is the 20th and possibly last event!


  • New High Sports Lecture Series Announcement

    High Sports is pleased to announce the lineup for this year's lecture season! All lectures take place at the Gateway Centre in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, and as always all funds are donated to the High Sports Youngster's in the Mountains Fund. This year for the first time tickets can be purchased on the website at a special online price, click here to view the available tickets.


    Tim Emmett - Para Alpinism - A New Era

    Tuesday 6th November 2007

    Star of the BBC ‘Extreme Climbs’ programme. Few live life on the edge as much as Tim; climber, surfer, sky diver and now combining big wall climbing with base jumping descents. To prove that climbers move faster than cars Tim & Leo Holding raced Jeremy Clarkson, BBC Top Gear programme, up and then base jumped down the Verdon Gorge, Clarkson lost. How to make a serious lifestyle fun.


    Gaz Parry - Mad in Madagascar

    Tuesday 4th December 2007

    Climb Magazine “Top comp’ climber of the moment, having won all the National & International championships yet again”. He’s also famed for exploring and establishing hard new routes on remote big walls, Greenland, Venezuela...and Madagascar the focal subject of this riveting lecture about the journey, inhabitants and stunning climbing on a new destination for hardmen, plus more!


    Martin Moran - All in a year’s work

    Tuesday 8th January 2008

    Many climbers dedicate a lifetime to the conquest of the Alpine peaks over 4000mtrs. Martin Moran & Simon Jenkins made the first ever traverse of all 75 peaks in one journey - 59 days - running and cycling between them. They encountered near death experiences from storms, exhaustion and the climbing. A remarkable venture not yet repeated. Now one of Britain’s finest Alpine guides Martin tells of the 4000’s, Scotland winter classics and new routes in Norway, the Alps and Indo-Tibet. This is a rare appearance of the climber’s climber.


    Pat Winterton - Scottish Extremities

    Tuesday 5th February 2008
    £12.00 on the door or click here to purchase online for £10.00

    It took us a year to track him down. Featured on the BBC Coast programme, this is a unique opportunity to witness the gutsy exploits of a solo ocean kayaker. He paddled to the furthest islands off Northwest Scotland, storm bound for days alone, then paddled on to even further more remote locations. His self shot film footage and photography are amazing, there’s no ocean rough enough!


    The Local Spot

    Tuesday 4th March 2008
    £10.00 on the door or click here to purchase online for £8.00

    A selection of local adventurers give presentations of their exploits; Peter Klauza - Tibet 2000 mile cycle ride and Paramotoring over Shropshire are amongst two of the outstanding short lectures to be shown. All ticket sales from this evening go directly to the YM fund.


  • High Sports 'Grit' Weekend

    Eight High Sports staff, old and new, descended on the Hope Valley in Derbyshire for a weekend of staff training based around Stanage Gritstone during early September. An advance party of the young hotshots, Ed, Simon, Sean and Sam R climbed 5 Plantation classics late on Saturday afternoon. The old guard, who had to stay and man the shop until 5 pm, Stuart, Chris, Sam B and Bryan rendezvoused with the hotshots at nighfall to make an eight man roped ascent in the dark with head torches of Flying Buttress HVD, Sean being talked into a torchless experience. Great fun.

    An unexpected cool howling wind on the Sunday hardly slowed the pace as the young lads, despite their HVD experience and a pint the previous evening, immediately threw themselves at Crescent Arête a bold problem in the Plantation and other E'hard classic Trad routes on the Stanage. After several pints the previous evening, the old guard warmed up slowly with some abseiling, walking and burning out on VS's.

    High Sports staff; always learning from each other whilst having fun in the hills. Another successful staff training event.


  • Double 'Tombola' Winners

    For most of us, this summer has been a pain. Yet not distracted the young 'Local Lads' have dodged the showers determined to keep up their relentless pressure at climbing ever high grade routes. Most noteable has to be Finn McCann's lead ascent of Tombola E7 6c at Nesscliffe on 12/09/07 with Ed Booth seconding only to return himself on the 14th to lead it as well, double winners. An unprecedented dry start to summer during April had us all heading for the mountain crags; 17 year old Simon Cathcart led the bold and very thin arete route Ressurrection/Erection E3 5c on Llechog, North Wales, Finn blitzed the Regular Route on Half Dome during his first visit to Yosemite (see home page pic of his trademark horizontal handstand in serious locations) whilst Ed faced upto the lure of Right Wall and Climb High and recently zapped all five of the Dinbren E3 trad classics at Llangollen in one afternoon, stunning performances all round. However most significantly these young 'Local Lads' (all under 21) aren't stamping their mark on the latest hot number sport route but repeating with style very serious Trad routes, is this a sign of the future 'Sport is finally loosing its shallow attraction, it's time to give it back to the French!

    Whatever well done all the 'Local Lads and Lasses', keep the pressure on and send us your successes at whatever level!


    Email from Ed Booth; Hi Stuart, just a quick update. I went along with Finn McCann to Nesscliffe where he sent the E7 6c Tombola, the corner left of My Piano. I top roped it after him and suprised myself by flashing it first go on a top rope( I tried it last year 3 times and couldn't do the moves), so I went back and this time Finn held my ropes and I made the 6th or 7th repeat. The first good gear is in the break at 2/3rds height with one precarious move to reach it, then some hideously technical cranking and bridging up the bald corner gain a peg, and a mono, and tiny two finger slot from where the crux sequence starts. I used a different technique to everybody else, by laybacking off a poor slopey crimp as opposed to bridging up on nothing. I found it about as dangerous as 10 o'clock Saturday Morning (the E7 6c face climb on the wall to the left) but just as hard, perhaps in a different way. Its not pumpy, just really techy. An absolutely awesome route!


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