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3 weeks ago

Applications for Churchill Fellowships, for travel in 2019 are now open. Applications can be made on the website here (www.wcmt.org.uk) and the deadline is 18 September.

1 month ago

Nick Butter's attempt to run a marathon in every country in the world is proceeding nicely. He's done 24, only 172 to go...

1 month ago

We're on the way to our next season.

Steve's booked two speakers - one, Connor Roe from Axbridge, is our Award winner for this year. He'll be telling the story of the cave diving expedition which is seeking (as I am typing) to connect the two great cave systems of Pena Colorada and Systema Huautla, in Mexico.

The other is our old friend Colonel John Blashford Snell, bringing another bit of entertaining exploration history with his account of first crossing of the Darien Gap by vehicle, in Central America.

Check out our What's On page for details:

1 month ago

Tristan Gooley's appearing at the Hay Festival. Book now.

1 month ago

Well, that’s it for another year. We hope you’ve enjoyed this season; we have. SteveB is busy booking up speakers for next winter and the provisional dates are up on our website (caveat: they are yet to be confirmed by the University).

Keep your eye on our FB page for updates on the programme as it evolves. We’ll be sending out our brochure in September as usual, with an email to let you know when it’s due on your doorstep.

Many thanks to our friends at Mountain Kingdoms, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports and Stanford’s bookshop for their help and support. If you need a trek, gear or travel books, please think of them before goint to some cheap, zero-service, fly-by-night internet operator; you can guarantee good quality and excellent service.

In the meanwhile, it’s now officially spring, the sun’s shining and summer is creeping closer. Enjoy it...

See you next season

Dick, SteveB, SteveM and John

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2 months ago

This is a photo of Janette Benaddi and Niki Doeg after giving their Wilderness Lecture 'Four Mums in a Boat' on Wednesday 7th March. They told the story of their rowing the Atlantic in 2016, which was very enjoyable.

2 months ago

It's our last lecture of the season on Wednesday (where did that year go?).

We hope you got the message that Alex Coltman can't guarantee to be there due to work commitments. In order to make sure that there's a paragliding speaker for you, Tim Pentreath has kindly agreed to take his place. Tim's got his own YouTube channel and will be illustrating his talk with some of his films of flying.

It's also our annual prize draw, for which every ticket is an entry. You could be kicking yourself about the one you didn't bother to fill in...

We hope to see you later this week, by which time the weather will be balmy again; rather than barmy. :-)

2 months ago

We have a change of speaker for our last event of the season.

Alex Coltman sends his apologies. He has been summoned to a work meeting that he can't avoid. He has asked his client to change the date but has not received a reply and therefore cannot commit to be with us on the 21st. We're very grateful to Tim Pentreath for stepping into his shoes.

If you have a ticket and only wanted to hear Alex speak, we will of course refund you. Send your ticket back to us (address on our website) with a stamped addressed envelope and we'll send you a cheque)


2 months ago

There's a talk in aid of the Youth Adventure Trust at St George's, next week. "The Going Beyond series of talks returns with two pioneering, record breaking, female adventurers."

2 months ago

The last S.West Alpine Club lecture of this season is on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 at the Nova Scotia. If you're a member it's your opportunity to share your slides. If you would like to share your story of a rock-climbing, mountain, alpine or ski-mountaineering trip in 10-15 slides, please contact Tony Westcott on twestcott@btinternet.com.

We have offers of stories from the far NW of Scotland, Haute Route and Patagonia. What's yours? Better than turning up on the night with your photos, it will help to run the evening more smoothly and efficiently if you can send your photos to Tony, preferably as a MS Powerpoint or as JPeg files with a title, by Sunday 18 March.

Venue: Upper Room of the Nova Scotia, Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. Meet for beer and food from 6.30pm; lectures start at 7.30pm. The AC SW regional organisers are Tony Westcott and Chris Storie.