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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Brit Rock Tour

The talented creatives at Posing Productions are currently shooting an all new series of adventure films with the full gambit of state of the art film making kit. From cutting edge athletes, wild highlines, palm-sweating solo climbs to crazy mountain biking. We're delighted to be able to include this set of films in our series this year. This is a joint event with The Climbing Academy, Bristol and is NOT included in our season ticket. A ticket will entitle you to free entry to TCA between 1200 and 1500 on the day, after which you can stay as long as you like (but don't be late for the show!). Tickets for this event will be on sale from our normal outlets and from The Climbing Academy, Bristol (cash payments only at TCA, please)


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The Brit Rock Tour

Brit Rock Tour - 06/11/2014 19:30

The final line up is yet to be confirmed but includes: 'Stone Free' - Julian Lines is the best climber you've never heard of. He is undoubtedly Britain's most accomplished free climbing soloist with world-class free ascents to his name; 'All My Own Stunts' Yorkshireman Rob Jarman is a downhill mountain bike specialist and professional stuntman. This gripping film tells the story of a near fatal accident and his road to recovery; 'Set of Wainwrights' - Steve Birkinshaw is one of the great fell runners and fittest men ever to exist. Have your mind and arteries blown as Steve attempts to break Joss Naylor's 27 year old record by linking up all 214 Lakeland Wainwright summits in one single push, in under seven days; 'Project Mina' - Are pro climbers anything like you and me? Do they ever put lots of effort into training only to fail miserably at a comp and question why they bother at all, or is it all glory and sending? Project Mina is a look at the moments between the top-outs and success, following Mina Leslie-Wujastyk during the 2013 competition season.

To The Brink

Jason Lewis - 12/11/2014 19:30

What can a terrifying crocodile attack, a year at sea in a tiny boat, contracting blood poisoning and malaria, and getting hit by a car and left for dead with two broken legs tell us about global sustainability and safeguarding a healthy planet for future generations?

As the first person to circumnavigate the Earth using only human power biking, hiking, and inline skating five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedalling a boat across the oceans Jason shares tales from his extraordinary journey and the overarching question that kept him going for thirteen years, taking him to the brink for an answer.

Sailing into the Ice

Stephen Venables - 26/11/2014 19:30

Last year Stephen Venables finally achieved his dream of going to Antarctica. He did it the best possible way sailing across Drake Passage on the legendary yacht Pelagic Australis, to lead a team on ski ascents of Mt Scott and Mt Français, the highest mountain on the northern part of the Antarctic Peninsula. The combination of perfect powder snow skiing, sea kayaking amongst the penguins, sailing, whale watching and ice climbing made this one of the best adventures in his forty years mountaineering career. His lecture will also include highlights from his six visits to South Georgia, including the most recent 2014 expedition.