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

Ants in spaceman mode (c) Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent

Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent (aka Ants) is a travel writer, occasional TV producer and expedition organiser, with a particular penchant for travelling alone through remote regions. She's driven a pink tuk tuk 12,500 miles from Bangkok to Brighton, ridden stupidly small motorbikes through mountains, snow and jungle, organised the longest horse race in the world, filmed with the BBC from Borneo to Bolivia and beyond, and organised vehicle-based expeditions in Africa, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Siberia, South America, the Caucasus and more. She's currently writing her third book, about the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, to be published by Simon & Schuster in summer 2017.

She's also a director of Edge Expeditions, who run small group expeditions (on foot and motorcycle) in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine and more

Please check our Whats On to see this season's line-up.


Coming Up Next...

Everest the Hard Way

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.

Himalaya by Bike

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.

Paddling the Mississippi & Swimming the Severn

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.