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

Stephen Fabes (c) Stephen Fabes

Stephen Fabes

WE REGRET THAT MARTYN ASHTON IS UNABLE TO APPEAR FOR MEDICAL REASONS. His place is being taken by Stephen Fabes, a doctor, writer and adventure cyclist. Like most decisions of great consequence, his plan to cycle around the world was made in a pub, beer in one hand, mini-atlas in the other. He returned in February 2016 having spent six years spanning 75 countries, six continents and 86,209 km by bicycle - a distance equivalent to more than twice around the world. His route wandered from remote cloud forests in Myanmar to the taiga of western Mongolia in the winter; from sequestered valleys of Chechen refugees in the Caucuses, to the deserts of Syria and Afghanistan.

En route Stephen visited remote medical projects serving marginalised people: nomads, refugees, drug addicts, slum-dwellers, sex workers, sufferers of mental illness, deforming and infectious disease. His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Telegraph, BBC Travel, CNN, Geographical, Adventure Travel, Backpacker and Wild among others. He blogs at www.cyclingthe6.com and a book is forthcoming.

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Cycling Six Continents

Stephen Fabes - 25/01/2017 19:30

On 5th January 2010 Stephen Fabes waved goodbye to his friends, family and life as a junior doctor in London. He set off on his bicycle. More than six years, 75 countries and 86,209 kilometres later he returned to St Thomas' Hospital. At the Wilderness Lectures Stephen will share his tale of pedalling though some of the more remote parts of the planet: from a winter crossing of Mongolia to forays into Bhutan, Syria, Sudan and Afghanistan.

With an interest in health at the edges of places, Stephen visited a number of remote medical projects en route in order to gain some understanding of the forces than mould health in different environments around the world. This was another journey, running parallel to the physical one by bicycle.

Expect a tale which brings together the thrill of escape, the absurdities of our planet and the kindness of strangers.

[If you were expecting Martyn Ashton, we regret he is unable to appear because he has to go into hospital. If you would like a refund please return your tickets using 'signed for' post together with a stamped addressed envelope and either a note telling us to whom to make out a cheque OR details of a bank account for a direct transfer - the address is 5 Cliftonwood Crescent, BS8 4TU]


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.