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.
Doug Scott - 25/10/2016 19:30
THIS EVENT IS ON TUESDAY OCT 25th, not Wednesday as shown.
Everest The Hard Way is the story of one of mountaineering's most extraordinary achievements told by one of the world's most extraordinary men. By 1975 the South West face had already seen off five previous expeditions consisting of some of the strongest mountaineers of the time. In the autumn Chris Bonington and his British team returned to the face and finally succeeded. Doug and Dougal Haston reached the summit just as the sun was setting and left at 7.00 pm. Their torches failed reversing the Hillary Step, wind had blown snow into their steps and they were out of oxygen. They decided it would be prudent to bivouac although it was only 300 feet below the main summit. Doug commented, ‘the main thing was to get out of the wind so we dug a snow cave and sat on our rucksacks for the next nine hours in temperatures around minus 40 degrees centigrade. We managed to survive without sleeping bags, without oxygen, and, as it turned out, without getting frostbite. The net result for me was to really widen the range of where and how I would climb in the future. I knew for sure that from then on I would not be carrying cylinders of oxygen”.
This will be a Paul Esser Memorial Lecture, in association with UBSS and UBMC, in aid of Community Action Nepal.
Tickets for this event will be on sale at Stanfords, Taunton Leisure, Dick's Climbing, Redpoint, Bloc, TCA, UCR and Ellis Brighams.
Laura Stone - 02/11/2016 19:30
Himalaya by Bike will be a west to east gambol along the Himalayas from the Karakoram Highway, between Pakistan and China, to Arunachal Pradesh in India’s far northeastern states, which have only recently opened up to foreign tourists. Along the way we’ll visit Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal with a mix of history, food and culture. Laura will pick out her favourite cycling routes and share her top tips (and epic fails) for cycle touring at altitude, travelling solo and writing a guidebook.
Kev Brady - 16/11/2016 19:30
Kev will be telling the story of two outrageous journeys. On September 23rd 2015, he set out to be the first person in history to swim the longest river in the UK, the River Severn, from its source in Mid Wales, 220 miles to Severn beach. That's the equivalent of 10 English Channel swims or over 14,000 lengths of a 25m pool but neither Channel nor pool swimmers have to contend with swimming past dead sheep! During the 31 days of swimming he raised £18,000 towards 'Archie's Chance To Dance', helping a young lad with cerebal palsy get an operation he needs. Two years earlier, with only one weekend's preparation on the Wye, he set out alone to paddle the length of the Mississippi River from its source in Lake Itasca, Minnesota. After enduring the coldest winter on record, he arrived successfully in the Gulf of Mexico 146 days and 2500 miles later.