wilderness LECTURES

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.

Featured Speaker

Gina Moseley (c) Robbie Shone

Gina Moseley

Gina developed a love for caving during a family holiday to Cheddar when she was 12. Later, whilst studying Geography at Birmingham her underground interests developed into cave research, which developed further and led her here to Bristol to study for a PhD in sea-level reconstruction from Caribbean caves. The research won a number of awards. Gina's exploratory caving began around the same time with a student expedition to Crete, and has since been followed up with expeditions to Borneo, Libya, Turks and Caicos Islands, India, the Dolomites, Swiss and Austrian Alps, and France. Gina is currently undertaking cave research at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, where she is making the most of everything that the alpine life has to offer.

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Caves of North East Greenland

Gina Moseley - 17/02/2016 19:30

After years of planning, Gina led a pioneering climate-change research expedition during the summer of 2015 to some of the remotest caves on the planet, located within the Arctic Circle of Northeast Greenland. As the winner of this year’s Wilderness Award, Gina will tell the exciting story of the expedition including what is thought to be the first crossing of Lake Centrum Sø, the team’s battle with hiking all the research equipment to the field site, and the findings of the cave research and exploration. This tale of mixing adventure with science will be accompanied with stunning visuals by National Geographic photographer Robbie Shone


Sailing and Climbing with the Wild Bunch

Bob Shepton - 02/03/2016 19:30

An account of a sailing and climbing expedition in Greenland and Baffin Island, with a lively three day passage in between there and back, sailing a 10 metre yacht and climbing from the boat, with the Wild Bunch, those talented climbers and musicians, who are not wild at all except when celebrating at the top of their amazing first ascents of big wall climbs in the Arctic. The lecture will include a slide show illustrating the course of the expedition and a film of the Wild Bunch's take on the expedition.


Helmet & A Hijab - A Solo Motorcycle Journey around Iran

Lois Pryce - 16/03/2016 19:30

In 2013 and 2014 Lois spent two months riding her motorcycle 3000 miles around Iran. The popular image of Iran here in the West is hardly encouraging and it was with some trepidation that she set off... Was it really wise for a British woman to ride a motorcycle alone in this pariah nation of Islamic extremists, with all its gruesome facts and figures surrounding women’s rights, free speech and treatment of political prisoners? But her concerns and preconceptions were smashed on a daily basis as she discovered a fascinating, sophisticated nation of warmth, welcome and most surprisingly of all, great fun!

Lois' presentation shows the reality of this most misunderstood country, with fascinating insights, stories, images and a short film.

(NB your ticket will show the name of the speaker as Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent)