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

Chris Reeve

Chris (our 2019 Award Winner) hiked the entire 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2016 but the Continental Divide Trail is a significantly greater challenge, with more difficult terrain and a more isolated route that is not yet completely defined. Some stretches use backcountry dirt roads and the occasional tarmac road where off road trail doesn’t yet exist. The CDT was designed to be a wilderness trail, and the majority of the route passes through protected wilderness (under the National Wilderness Preservation Scheme), other public lands (managed by the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management) and National Parks, including Yellowstone, Rocky Mountain and Glacier. The beauty of the wild landscapes and route through incredible remote landscapes are Chris' main reasons to attempting this trip.

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Coming Up Next...

The Making of 'Our Planet' TV series

Alastair Fothergill - 22/01/2020 19:30

In a lavishly illustrated lecture, Alastair Fothergill, one of the series producers, will tell the stories behind the making of this landmark natural history series that was presented by Sir David Attenborough. The series launch in April 2019 in 190 countries worldwide and immediately attracted a massive global audience, making it Netflix most successful documentary series.

SKYCAR - A Journey to Timbuktu in a Flying Car…

Neil Laughton - 12/02/2020 19:30

A boyhood ambition of one day flying a car became a possibility on an expedition to Everest. This is a remarkable story of fulfilling a wild dream, of building the world’s first road legal, bio-fuelled flying car and of undertaking a hazardous 10,000 km journey from London to Timbuktu, including crossing minefields, the Straits of Gibraltar and the intimidating Empty Quarter of the Sahara Desert.

Canoeing 3000 miles through the Canadian North.

John Harrison - 26/02/2020 19:30

After 7 long canoe journeys on Amazon tributaries, John has chosen somewhere cooler for his new exploits. The huge triangle of tundra to the west of Hudson Bay was called the Barren Lands by trappers and early explorers, and is the remotest area of the North American continent. A pristine wilderness populated with wolves, musk-oxen, wolverines and grizzly bears, and where herds of caribou numbering several hundred thousand animals migrate through the region. Very large trout and arctic char populate the rivers.

This beautifully illustrated lecture tells of four expeditions that John and his Czech companion have made to this region, canoeing the Thelon, Hanbury, Anderson and Kazan rivers. They also canoed 200 miles of the Beaufort sea.
They have learnt that even in the brief summer it’s wise not to get too relaxed. Large lakes remain frozen until late July, and temperatures can plummet from 25 degrees to near freezing in a matter of minutes. All the rivers have challenging rapids and canyons where to capsize in the near-freezing water could be fatal. Sudden gales can transform calm lakes into deadly hazards for canoeists, or keep the traveller cowering in his tent for days. Close encounters with grizzly bears happen frequently and John tells the story of travellers who have starved to death when trying to over-winter here.

And the biting bugs are worse than anywhere else on earth.