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

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Keith Partridge

Capturing the essence of adventure in more than 60 extreme films has taken Emmy award winning cameraman and filmmaker Keith Partridge to some of the world's most hostile and spectacular environments from deep within the bowels of the earth on caving expeditions, through unchartered forests to the summit of Everest. His work includes documentary feature films such as Joe Simpson’s story Touching the Void, the BBC’s Human Planet series and epic adventure series Steve Backshall’s Extreme Mountain Challenge – Venezuela. For over 25 years Keith has been pushing the limits of extreme filmmaking. Productions in which he’s been involved have won dozens of international film awards, two BAFTAs and an international Emmy. His international award-winning book The Adventure Game, charting his experiences in filming at the ends of the Earth, was published in June 2015.

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The Adventure Game - a cameraman's tale

Keith Partridge - 29/11/2017 19:30

As one of the world’s most experienced adventure cameramen Keith’s journey to work may well kick-off with a heart-stopping abseil through vertical jungle, a helicopter winch-line onto an icy mile-high mountain face or a close encounter with some of the world’s most iconic wildlife. With camera in hand he has made the most challenging, spectacular and remote places on the planet his ‘office’ during his freelance career filming for cinema productions and broadcast.

His sideways look at the ‘extreme’ takes us on journeys through a variety of projects and extraordinary locations with stories from behind the scenes. Presentations examine just what it takes to capture the essence of adventure from some of the most outrageous situations and camera positions imaginable.


Pole of Cold: a journey to chase winter

Felicity Aston - 13/12/2017 19:30

'What does winter mean to you?' This was the question that Felicity and her team sought to answer as they travelled more than 35,000km from the UK across Scandinavia and Siberia in a Land Rover Defender. Using images, stories, film footage and sounds gathered during the expedition, Felicity describes the people and places the team experienced as they headed into some of the most extreme winter climates in the world including the Pole of Cold, the coldest inhabited place on the planet where temperatures plummeted to almost -60C. What is the best form of transport when it is so cold that fuel becomes solid? How cold does it have to be before children stop going to school? And is it possible to hear your own breath freeze....?

This will be our 2017 Ginette Harrison Memorial Lecture.


An Evening with Hans Rey

Hans Rey - 10/01/2018 19:30

Hans will reflect on his 30 years as a pro rider, showing photos and short video clips, while narrating and telling stories about the early days, trials, freeride, competitions,etc… He will cover his career highlights including the Adventure Team trips, the Wheels 4 Life charity, ‘Flow’ and many other subjects including his recent back to back expedition on Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro.