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

Hazel Findlay

Hazel Findlay (c) Walker Emerson

Hazel Findlay is 25 and started climbing when she was seven years old with her 'old man' (Bristol climber Steve Findlay) on the sea cliffs of Pembroke. After a brief affair with competition climbing she decided that she loved being outside the most, and especially loved traditional climbing. After school she did a round-the-world trip and spent most of it traveling and climbing. It was in this year that she really decided that climbing was the thing she loved most and, more specifically, adventure climbing. So while she was at Bristol Universith doing a degree in Philosophy she went climbing as much as she could in the hope that when whe finished she could become a professional climber. This dream came true and she has spent the last 3 and a half years traveling, climbing and having adventures around the world.


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3 Climbs, 3 Continents

Hazel Findlay - 01/10/2014 19:30

Hazel's talk will cover three great climbs: her achievement in becoming the first British woman to climb E9 - Once Upon a time in the Southwest; her 5 day free ascent of El Capitan in Yosemite and a major route in Morocco. Although these are all climbs, this is a talk that is also for non-climbers and carries a take home message of 'just go for it, even when something seems really far above your head, try not to worry about failing and just try anyway'. Hazel will use slides, professional and amateur film to give us a flavour of the fear and excitement of her activities.

This will be the Ginette Harrison Memorial Lecture 2014

A Walk in the Clouds: Fifty Years Among Mountains

Kev Reynolds - 15/10/2014 19:30

In A Walk in the Clouds Kev Reynolds strays from one mountain range to another; from the Moroccan Atlas to the Peruvian Andes, from Corsica to the Caucasus, from the Alps and Pyrenees to the high Himalaya. This is a celebration of wild places and a life well-lived, tales of fun and failure; making the most of each moment.

Reel Rock 9: Valley Uprising

Reel Rock Tour - 22/10/2014 19:30

Valley Uprising is a 90' feature film documenting the history of climbing in the Yosemite Valley over the past few decades. Starting in the the 50s it features legends like Warren Harding, Yvon Chouinard and Royal Robbins, then it moves to the 70s with Dale Bard, Jim Bridwell, and Lynn Hill, and into the modern section with Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell and Dean Potter. We trailered it in RR8 with the 9 minute clip, 'Stonemasters'