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.
Steve Bell started climbing in his home county of Devon in the mid-1970s, rapidly progressing to the Alps, Alaska, and the Himalaya, notching up ascents of numerous hard routes including the North Face of the Eiger when he was only twenty. Later he joined the British Antarctic Survey and served a short service commission with the Royal Marines Commandos....View Profile
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.
You can download a number of our documents here.
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.