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

Hans Rey

Hans Rey

Hans Rey was born in Germany in 1966, but is now a Swiss/American national residing in Laguna Beach, California with his wife Carmen. He is a former Trials World Champion, inductee of the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame and widely considered to be a pioneer of both the Mountain Bike Freeride movement and the Trials riding scene. He's been a pro mountain biker for 30 years! As a professional rider and ambassador for the sport he continues to travel the world, having so far visited seventy different countries.
During the mid-90s, Hans created the Hans Rey Adventure Team visiting remote and extreme locations around the globe, often riding his bike where a bicycle had never been ridden before. In addition, Hans would seek out locations that were both historic and held some mystery, always capturing his exploits for the media.

In 2005 Hans started a non-profit charity called Wheels 4 Life, giving bicycles to people most in need of transportation in developing countries. Currently he is working with IMBA to develop more beginner friendly flow trails. In 2017 Hans climbed and rode Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro back to back.

Hans is sponsored by: GT Bicycles, Adidas Terrex, Carosello 3000 Mountain Park Livigno, Crank Brothers, Fox Shox, iXS protection, Clif Bars, SQ Lab saddles, Deuter backpacks, Stans NoTubes, Adidas Eyewear.

There's more information about Wheels 4 Life on Hans' website.

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Coming Up Next...

Russia and Europe: What Next?

John Pilkington - 04/10/2017 19:30

Passions are running high in Ukraine and some breakaway parts of Moldova and Georgia. Vladimir Putin’s adventures in Ukraine took the West by surprise, but John thinks in some ways they followed a pattern that goes back more than a century to the time of the Tsars. In 2015 he met people on both sides of the disputed borders, and promises some surprising insights. There’ll be plenty to interest mountain lovers too, from the Carpathians to the Crimean coastal range and the Greater Caucasus.


Running the length of New Zealand (and other silly ideas)

Anna McNuff - 18/10/2017 19:30

Anna was never anything like those ‘real’ runners on telly – all spindly limbs, tiny shorts and split times – but when she read about New Zealand’s 3,000-kilometre-long Te Araroa Trail, she began to wonder… perhaps being a ‘real’ runner was overrated. Maybe she could just run it anyway?

Travelling alone through New Zealand’s backcountry for 148 days, she scrambled through forests, along ridge-lines, over mountain passes, along beaches and across swollen rivers. Running up to 52 kilometres in a day, she slept wild most nights, and was taken into the homes and hearts of the kiwi people in between.

This lecture focuses on Anna's solo journey through the wilds of New Zealand, but also includes tales from her other human powered journeys around the globe. Settle in for adventure stories told with raw honesty, humour and passion - and learn why fear, self-doubt and uncertainty are all part n' parcel of a life well lived.


Choose your own adventure

Paula McGuire - 01/11/2017 19:30

Adventure: it’s not a word we use too loosely. It’s one we use not quite loosely enough.

When you struggle to leave your house, and the telephone ringing is enough to top out your heart rate, you don’t have to go far for an adrenaline rush. Fear is everywhere – but so is the potential for adventure.

Battling her way out of debilitating social anxiety, Paula learned to embrace terror as she rejoined the world at high speed, and proved that adventure is everywhere, everyday and for everyone.

Climb far away mountains, if you fancy. Trek the world, if that’s your thing. But if you believe that adventure is only out there, beyond your horizons, this lecture will undoubtedly convince you otherwise.