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

John Pilkington

John Pilkington (c) John Pilkington

John is a regular Wilderness Lecturer, and always lives up to his reputation as 'one of Britain's greatest tellers of travellers- tales'. He was among the first people of our generation to retrace the Silk Road across Asia, and one of the first Westerners to explore the Central Asian republics after the break-up of the Soviet Union. More recently he has mapped the source of the Mekong and walked the 1,600-mile 'Royal Road of the Incas' through the Andes of Ecuador and Peru. In 2006 he joined a camel caravan carrying salt across the Sahara Desert from the mines of Taoudenni to Timbuktu. Between 2009 and 2011 he visited remote parts of Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan, countries which he says "are in the news for all the wrong reasons".
John's Radio 4 programmes have won him several appearances on Pick of the Week and one on Pick of the Year. But it's for his lectures and photos that people know him best. He has spoken to over 1,000 audiences in five countries, and holds the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award for popularising geography and the wider understanding of the world.


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A Balkan Adventure

John Pilkington - 02/12/2015 19:30

John spent five months in 2013 exploring the Balkan mountains. "I'd visited Yugoslavia briefly in the 1970s," he says. "Since then they've abandoned communism, suffered brutal conflicts, and taken small steps towards coming together with the rest of Europe. In Bosnia and Kosovo I found people still traumatised, but many were working hard to create a peaceful future." Starting in Trieste, he also met people in the remotest villages of Albania and Bulgaria, before carrying on to Turkey and finally the Bosporus. He promises stunning photos and thought-provoking stories, which he sums up as "heartwarming and full of hope".

Brit Rock Tour 2015

Brit Rock Tour - 09/12/2015 19:30

Leading adventure film maker Alastair Lee is back with a brand new mountain film for 2015 'The Citadel' featuring UK alpinists Matt Helliker and Jon Bracy embarking on a first ascent in a stunning and remote corner of the Alaskan wilderness. The world's first 4k mountain film, a truly amazing spectacle. This feature is supported by the new film from Jen Randel 'Operation Moffat' an inspiring and charming archive account of Britian's first female mountain guide, the amazing Gwen Moffat (now 92). Adding to the program will be the superb short 'Wild Atlantic' a montage of all things climbing on the west coast of Ireland by climbing photographer Craig Hiller.

The Brit Rock film tour is the first home grown adventure tour to emerge from the vibrant UK film making industry. After the success of its inaugural 2014 launch we're back with a bang for 2015. Brit Rock comes right from the heart of the UK adventure scene, with liberal splashes of the inimitable British spirit.

Adding to the program there will be a guest short comedy featurette, TBC.

Doubt, fear & bad hair!

Maria Liejerstam - 16/12/2015 19:30

When her South Pole expedition became shrouded in doubt even before it had begun, Maria had to take some drastic steps to ensure failure was no longer an option. She experienced life defining fear during her Siberian expedition as the ice covering the deepest fresh water lake in the world cracked beneath her. Alone in her tent at night her only other thoughts turned to the sound of the howling wolfs in the surrounding mountains. Getting to the start line of her many expeditions has always been an expedition in itself and she soon realised that if she's going to become a full time adventurer, she's got to expect some bad hair days!