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

Emily Chappell

Emily Chappell is an author and long-distance cyclist. She cut her teeth working as a bike messenger in London, before seeking ever tougher challenges. She has cycled across Asia, Iceland and North America, as well as winning the 4,000km Transcontinental Race across Europe, and the fearsome Strathpuffer 24-hour race, commonly agreed to be one of the world’s...

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A few words of 2022 welcome

Well, here we are again. Like many of you, we've had a fairly torrid couple of years and are delighted to be back. Thanks to lots of you who have sent us messages of support, asking us if, or when, we intended to restart. It was touch and go with us for a while but we've taken the plunge, invested some money in a revision of our website and booked some speakers. As we are uncertain about how things will go, we've only booked 6 events this winter but, providing all goes well, we'll go back up to our usual 12 in 2023. Covid and other disasters permitting, of course...

One disaster was the postponement of Peter Habeler's lecture. We had hoped to host him in December but he has long covid and has cancelled all engagements. We are trying to find a replacement speaker (December 7th) but we can't guarantee that will happen or if the speaker will be more or less famous.  If you still hold tickets for Peter's lecture, please return them to us for a refund. Details of how to do so are on our Legal page (under About Us)

There have been a couple of other changes. John Bracey, who will be known to many of you, has retired from Wilderness having moved to Somerset some time ago, hopefully we'll see him at a lecture or two. We have abandoned our decades old practice of issuing paper tickets and collecting contact details so that we can send out a leaflet each year. Despite the support of Ellis Brigham and Mountain Kingdoms with printing and postage, these have become too expensive in cost and time. The task of alphatebically sorting well over 2000 tickets and entering the details on our database has finally become too much. So, we've joined the 21st century and will be issuing tickets via Eventbrite - but, don't worry, we'll still sell them on the door. But without paper tickets, we will no longer have our prize draw, sorry.

Upcoming Events

Unfinished journeys - Reflecting on a decade of long-distance cycling

Since she set out to cycle round the world in 2011, Emily has spent much of her life on the road. She has pushed her body to its limits, riding day and night across Europe to win the Transcontinental race. She has ventured into the silence and solitu...

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My Everest Confession

Wilderness Lectures is proud to present a break-out confessional presentation by the leader of Britain’s first guided ascent of Everest, Steve Bell. The 1993 Everest expedition changed Steve’s life. From its success he built a world-renowned busin...

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Please read our 2022 Covid statement, below

Our past speakers list details all our lectures since Wilderness Lectures started operation, over 30 years ago. One of our favourite speakers was the mountaineer Doug Scott who set up charity, Community Action Nepal, to provide assistance to Sherpa communities. A gift aid form for C.A.N. is available here, if you would like to support the charity's work.