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6 days ago

Hi, I am trying to track down Norman and Julia Killingback on behalf of my parents Patrick & Anna McCarron. do you know them?! They lost touch though the years and my parents would like to invite them to my Father 80th birthday party. Thanks for your time. Clare Woodward

2 weeks ago

Plastic Paradise - The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

This Friday, October 7th, one of our regular audience members, Gary Seabrook, will be showing this film about Midway Atoll, one of the most remote places on earth, which has become ground zero for The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, syphoning plastics from three distant continents. In this independent documentary Angela Sun meets scientists, researchers, influencers, and volunteers who shed light on the effects of our rabid plastic consumption and learns the problem is more insidious than we could ever imagine. The film is showing at Wild Goose Space, St Werburghs. Doors open 7pm. Tickets are £5 with all profits going to Surfers Against Sewage.

Later this month Gary is setting of to walk the Camino de Santiago to raise money for SAS and if you want to support him, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Gary-Seabrook2

2 weeks ago

Leon’s thoughtful and beautifully illustrated talk about his journey through the Holy Land was a wonderful start to our 29th season. It was great to have someone reassert the humanity, hospitality and generosity of spirit of the people who live in this beautiful part of the world.

Our next speaker, on October 19th is Bristol adventurer and author Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent. Ants (who is taking a break from writing her book about the trip to Arunachel Pradesh which prevented her from doing the talk for us last season) will be telling us about her extraordinarly solo journey on a motorbike down the infamous Ho Chi Minh trail. Details are on our website

2 weeks ago

Some of you will remember Robin Garton who acted as auctioneer for our Night for Nepal fundraising event a while ago. You may also be aware that on the 25th September 2015, Robin tragically died whilst on a solo hike in the Stob Coire nam Beith area of Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. Sadly, he fell and died instantly whilst on a scrambling route. His body was found by members of the public on 1st June 2016, over 8 months after Robin was reported as missing.

Robin was the founder of The Glacier Trust, which was one of our beneficiary charities. The Trust's supporters and friends have now established a fund in Robin's memory. If you would like to donate, follow this link. The page gives details of the uses to which funding will be allocated.

3 weeks ago

Online ticket sales for Wednesday's Leon McCarron lecture have sold out. If you want a ticket you'll need to get it from Stanford's shop or on the door (we will have some there). Details of the shop are on our website. Don't forget to allow time for Bristol's appalling traffic and finding somewhere to park!

1 month ago

Up and About: the Hard Road to Everest, the first book in a two-volume autobiography by British mountaineer Doug Scott, has won the Himalayan Club’s prestigious Kekoo Naoroji Award for Mountain Literature which will be presented to Doug Scott on 18 February 2017 in Mumbai.

The win follows two other major nominations for Vertebrate Publishing books: mountaineering narrative The Bond by Hong Kong businessman Simon McCartney and Wild Country, the autobiography of Wild Country founder Mark Vallance have both been shortlisted for the 2016 Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature.

You can find out more at Vertebrate Publishing here:

1 month ago

This must be good news

1 month ago

Steve Venables is planning a return to the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2018. This will be similar to the 2013 and 2016 trips he ran, which were both a hugely enjoyable mix of sailing, wildlife watching, sea kayaking, museum visiting, skiing and climbing, with some of the most exquisite sunsets he has ever seen, enhanced no doubt by their sailing vessel's (Pelagic Australis) generous standards of wining and dining.

Pelagic Australis charters to the Antarctic Peninsula are extremely popular and in order to secure the January 2018 slot Steve needs at least three of four people to commit very soon.

Contact him via his website

1 month ago

We're looking forward to hearing from legendary mountaineer Doug Scott on the 25th October at the Anson Rooms as part of Wilderness Lectures!

If you want to come along too, you can purchase tickets at the UCR reception right now. Find out more about the event below.

1 month ago

Next year we need to hire a proof reader. In addition to the lack of a prize draw section on the back of the tickets, both the tickets and the brochure have the wrong date for Doug Scott's talk

This is on TUESDAY October 25th.

Please make sure your friends know this.

Grovelling apologies.