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.
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.
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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.
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.