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

(c) Martyn Ashton

Martyn Ashton

This lecture is sold out for advance tickets. We will operate our normal waiting list system on the night - we'll add names to a list on the door and admit people in order, to fill all available seats. Martyn Ashton is one of the world’s most famous and recognisable mountain bike riders. In his 18 years as a pro he has been British Champion, World Champion and held a Guinness World Record for the Side-Hop, not to mention three Blue Peter badges! After suffering a life changing accident in 2013 Martyn still remains an Icon within Mountain Biking, and for the last 20 years has kept pushing his riding to new levels. Over the last few years Martyn’s video releases, such as the 'Road Bike Party' videos, 'Back on Track' and recently ‘Down Not Out’ have and racked up over 40 million views! Martyn is a true legend of the sport, his genre is bike trials but he commands respect from all disciplines of the sport. His incredible talent, infectious enthusiasm and down to earth nature make him popular with everyone he meets.

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Martyn Ashton - 25/01/2017 19:30

Martyn will tell the story of his riding career and the life changing accident he suffered in 2013 follwing which, he says, "I have learnt so much about myself, life and what is important". Along the way he's tried many new sports and also managed to find a way to ride mountain bikes again. His talk will feature photos and videos of his riding, illustrating important moments from his extraordinary career and his post-accident progression. 'It was awesome but really hard', was his comment after his first spin around the Newport velodrome on a handcycle.

London2London: Via the World

Sarah Outen - 08/02/2017 19:30

On 1 April 2011, Sarah set off on an expedition called "London2London: Via the World", arriving back at Tower Bridge in London on 3 November 2015. During this epic journey she cycled across Europe and Asia, rowed across the north pacific, and cycled across parts of America and Canada to Cape Cod, before rowing across the North Atlantic to the UK. She became the first woman to row solo from Japan to Alaska as well as the first woman to complete a mid-Pacific row from West to East. One section involved kayaking 2500km along the Aleutian island chain and Alaskan Peninsula, which involved many long crossings in uncharted waters with strong currents of unknown strength and direction. As with all her kayaking, she completed this section in the company of Justine Curgenven and there is no documentation of anyone else completing this journey in modern times.

A Walk in the Clouds

Kev Reynolds - 22/02/2017 19:30

In 'A Walk in the Clouds' Kev Reynolds strays from one mountain range to another; from the Moroccan Atlas to the Peruvian Andes, from Corsica to the Caucasus, from the Alps and Pyrenees to the high Himalaya. This is a celebration of wild places and a life well-lived, tales of fun and failure; making the most of each moment.