A winter series of public lectures in Bristol the theme of which is world-wide adventure.

Our lecturers are well known explorers, mountaineers, travel writers, TV personalities, adventure sports personalities or anyone who has an epic story to tell and can enthral our audience with a rattling good yarn. The talks are invariably illustrated with slides and/or film.

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Featured Speaker

Andrew Harper

Andrew Harper and friend (c) A.Harper

Andrew Harper is the Founder, Managing Director & Expedition Leader of ADE, Australian Desert Expeditions, a not-for-profit environmental organisation that conducts scientific and ecological surveys in remote desert regions. ADE works with leading national research institutions and universities, government and private land management agencies and indigenous landowners across Central Australia. His deep desert trips include a 4637km solo crossing of Australia along the Tropic Of Capricorn, raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service; a 720km, 35 day, 2 man, 5 camel expedition across the Tanami Desert to link the routes of explorers John Stuart and Augustus Gregory; a nomadic walk from the western side of the Simpson Desert to the Warburton River near Lake Eyre - a two person, 6 camel, 1 dog journey which took over 35 days and covered 430 kilometres and the reconnXpedition - a 35 day, 700km west-to-east solo walk across the Simpson Desert, the world's largest parallel sand-ridge desert. Andrew is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and on Australia Day 2015 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to environmental science, research and adventure tourism.


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Last Man Walking: Australian Desert Exploration

Andrew Harper - 21/10/2015 19:30

Andrew's lecture is centred on the extensive desert sections of his 4,600 km solo walk across Australia along the Tropic of Capricorn, a crossing that involved traversing the Pilbara, and Little Sandy, Gibson and Simpson Deserts - collectively one of the world's great arid wildernesses. He relates this journey and his subsequent explorations to the providence of the grand 19th Century desert expeditions. In 2002 with colleague Kieran Kelly, he embarked on the 720 km Tanami Expedition, to join the historical routes of two of Australia's greatest land navigators Augustus Gregory and John Stuart. The historical challenge for their expedition was to connect Gregory's failed attempt in 1856 to cross the Tanami from the west with Stuart's unsuccessful attempt in 1860 to cross from the east, as separately they tried to discover the location of the great inland sea. Andrew draws on his knowledge for exploration history to contend that essentially true desert exploration methodology has changed little in 150 years.

Reel Rock Tour 10

Reel Rock Tour - 28/10/2015 19:30

The final line-up for the 2015 tour has just been confirmed. We'll be showing 'A Line Across the Sky' the film about Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold’s first ascent of the Fitz Traverse involving the 7 major summits of the Patagonian range; 'High and Mighty' - a film featuring Daniel Woods about highball bouldering; 'Showdown at Horseshoe Hell; about the 24 Hours annual endurance rock climbing competition; a Tribute to Dean Potter, the free climber, alpinist, BASE jumper and highliner who died recently in a wingsuit accident in Yosemite; and a teaser for the film of Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson's stunning ascent of the Dawn Wall on El Capitan.

With Bare Hands

Alain Robert - 04/11/2015 19:30

We're welcoming back Alain Robert, the 'Spiderman' to tell us more about his extraordinary achievements. Last April he solo climbed the 306m (1004ft) Cayan Tower in Dubai. Recently he climbed the Tour Montparnasse, in Paris, in aid of Nepali earthquake victims - he first climbed this 59 storey tower in 1995 and nearly fell on that occasion.