wilderness LECTURES

Wilderness Weblog

The very best adventure lectures

1 week ago

The first Alpine Club lecture of 2017 on Tuesday 17 January welcomes the newly-elected President of the AC, John Porter to Bristol to tell 'The story of Alex McIntyre', his 1970-80's climbing partner with whom he pionered light & fast alpine-style climbing in the Greater ranges. 'One day as a Tiger' was the epitaph on Alex's memorial stone, which reflects a Tibetan saying, which basically goes, 'it's better to live one day as a tiger than a lifetime as a sheep'. For John, "it was a perfect description of Alex - he lived absolutely to the maximum extent in everything he did". Alex died aged 28, killed by a falling stone as John watched through his camera lens.

Venue: Upper Room of the Nova Scotia, Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. All AC & Eagle Ski members and guests are welcome. There is no entry charge, but non-members of AC or Eagle Ski are asked to confirm by email to Tony Westcott (twestcott@btinternet.com) prior to the event and are asked to make a donation of £5 to the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund.

1 week ago

The Alpine Club South West welcomes in the New Year with the opening this afternoon, Saturday 7 January at 2pm, of a new Alpine Club Exhibition in colaboration with Frenchay Village Museum. The exhibition "The Golden Age of Alpinism and British Victorian Climbers" features photographs and artefacts of the early club presidents, their equipment and guides from the Alps to the Caucasus. The Museum is housed in the restored gatehouse to the former Frenchay Hospital at 1 Begbrook Park, Frenchay, Bristol, BS16 1SZ. The Exhibition will be open through to the end of March on Wednesdays 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays 2pm to 5pm.

Exhibition organiser and AC Library Chairman, Hywel Lloyd, will be giving a lecture explaining the background to the exhibition on 9 March at the Quaker Meeting House, Beckspool Road, Frenchay, BS16 1NT, starting at 7.30pm - admission £2.

2 weeks ago

Happy New Year my friends!

My year started with a broken foot and ended with a 1000 mile scoot across Japan, and included a festival, buying a bus and a boat and so much in between!

Huge thanks for being a part of my 2016 from near or far, joining in or following along. It has been one to remember.

A special thanks to everyone at SayYesMore Swifty Scooters Uganda International Marathon - A Race Like No Other Roam Co-Living Roam Ubud Leon McCarron Emma Karembo Taylor The Adventure Travel Show Wilderness Lectures Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong DNX Melati Wijsen Isabel Wijsen Bye Bye Plastic Bags Epic Sleeps The YesBus Chris Barnes Rowan Wakeford Danny Loo Kammok Travel Storytelling Festival The Advantage Travel Partnership Col. Chris Hadfield Exploring Mindset Emily Penn Quapaw Canoe Company Perspective Pictures Rupert Rixon Reece Pickering Keen Europe Brinsbury Campus, Chichester College Andy Bartlett Tamsyn O'Donoghue Julia Wickham Friends of The Cut San Miguel Keen Japan KEEN

Oh, and if you've written an annual review tag it with #saidyesmore and I'll share it.

Here's to a magical 2017. Big hugs.


1 month ago

Outline of Alpine Club S.West events in the new year...
Tuesday 17 January - John Porter – The story of Alex McIntyre
Tuesday 21 February - Steve Berry – In search of the Yeti
Wednesday 8 March at Chemistry Theatre, University of Bristol - Sandy Allan – In Some Lost Place, the ascent of the Mazeno Ridge (organised in collaboration with Wilderness Lectures)
Tuesday 21 March - James Lam – Spitzbergen Retraced 2016
T.b.c. - Steve Broadbent / Matteo Cabello – “Of Mountains and Men”

Venue: Upper Room of the Nova Scotia, Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. The Nova Scotia is a well-known Bristol landmark, situated at the western end of the Floating Harbour, with ample local parking and good beer. Meet for beer and food from 6.30pm; lectures start at 7.30pm. The AC SW regional organisers are Tony Westcott and Chris Storie.

All AC & Eagle Ski members and guests are welcome. There is no entry charge, but non-members of AC or Eagle Ski are asked to confirm by email to Tony Westcott (twestcott@btinternet.com) prior to the event and are asked to make a donation of £5 to the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund.

1 month ago

Last night's lecture by Phoebe Smith, the editor of Wanderlust Magazine, was a great way to end our year. We had a close to sell-out audience exposed to a highly inspiring and lively account of how she ended up writing about solo camping in some of the most interesting spots of the UK. Brilliant, thanks Phoebe.

The lecture was also our annual Ginette Harrison memorial lecture at which we raise funds for Shiva Charity, Ginette's favourite cause, which builds and funds schools in Sri Lanka and Nepal. One of their schools, in a village near Kathmandu, is name after Ginette and became a place of refuge after the earthquake. It was largely undamaged whereas many of the surrounding houses were ruined. Shiva has been helping the village to rebuild and has recently been raising money to buy a brick-making machine.

We are delighted that Wilderness, our friends and our audience have been able to help in this in a variety of ways. The late, lovely and much missed Jim Curran's family kindly agreed that their stock of his books could be given away and doing so at a recent lecture raised £355 for Shiva (and £600 for Community Action Nepal at the fund-raiser we ran for Doug Scott a while ago); local solicitors Barcan Kirby have again been hugely supportive with a donation of £2000; Giles Woodward went round their office (and his friends) and raised an additional £64.13, Wilderness Lectures donated £600 and our audience last night gave £444.45.

Grand total (roll of drums) £3463.58.

Thanks and have a great Christmas. :-)

1 month ago

Tickets for Phoebe Smith's talk on December 14th will NOT be available online after today. Stanfords are worried that as a result of the Christmas post, some may not arrive promptly. Tickets will be available in their Bristol shop until the day of the talk but because of the pressure of Christmas sales, the shop won't be taking orders over the phone, sorry.

1 month ago

Steward McPherson's series of tv programmes on Britain's Treasure Islands will be repeated on BBC4 during the run up to Christmas.

Episode 1, Wednesday 7 December @ 8 pm
Episode 2, Wednesday 14 December @ 8 pm
Episode 3, Wednesday 21 December @ 8pm

The series explores the wildlife, history and cultures of all the UK Overseas Territories – the 14 groups of islands and peninsulas scattered across the Seven Seas that remain under UK sovereignty.

1 month ago

As you know, we run an annual Ginette Harrison Memorial Lecture and raise money for Shiva, Ginette's favourite charity, which has a school in her name near Kathmandu. One of our most consistent supporters in this has been the legal firm of Barcan-Kirby, which has confirmed that it will be making a further substantial donation this year. Here's a photo of the children at the Ginette Harrison School, saying thanks.

1 month ago

Brit Rock last night.

I liked the films and was particularly pleased to see a credit to my old friend Sid Perou for archive footage.

Any comments/feedback?