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19 hours ago

We still have some tickets left for Anna McNuff’s lecture on Wednesday, ‘Running the length of New Zealand (and other silly ideas)’ but many! Get them at Stanfords to be sure


1 day ago

Nick Butter basically can't stop running and in 2018 Nick intends to set a new world record by running a marathon in every country in the world, 196 marathons in 550 days. His aim is to raise £250,000 for Prostate Cancer UK. It will take him 18 months to travel to all 196 countries, spending about 2.5 days per country. However, to achieve this Nick has already built a wealth of experience running long distances in many different countries. Nick will be talking about these past experiences, how to value the time we have on our planet and about how everyone, regardless of age, background, and commitments can excel at anything they put their minds to. Oh yes, and how he plans to achieve his next extraordinary feat.

1 week ago

Did you come to see Phoebe Smith in our last season? If you did, you might want to hear her talk about her new book, Brtiain's Best Small Hills, at Stanfords on Wednesday, October 11th .If you didn't come to our event, you really should go to this one. Details at: http://www.stanfords.co.uk/event-britains-best-small-hills-with-phoebe-smith-bristol

2 weeks ago

John Pilkington describes his walking experiences in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova in 2015.

2 weeks ago

Cyclists might be interested to know that Anna McNuff (who is talking in our series about running the length of New Zealand) is doing a talk in Bristol on 11th October about her 6 month bike trip around South America. It's at the Bristol Improv Theatre, St.Paul's Rd. and is being promoted by our sponsors, Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports in aid of the The Youth Adventure Trust. Tickets are £8 but friends of Wilderness Lectures can buy them for just £5 use code WL18 at the checkout.

2 weeks ago

Keith Partridge, who is speaking in our series on November 29th, has just finished producing a feature documentary film - 'Bonington - Mountaineer' on the life of Sir Chris Bonington. The World premiere is on the Opening Night of the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Canada shortly after which it will be showing in Kendal., Graz, Bilbao, Krakow and Kathmandu.

"Keith Partridge and Brian Hall have created a moving visual memoir on one of Britain’s most celebrated mountaineers, Sir Chris Bonington. Their film expertly tackles the sensitive subjects of loss, love and success with a discerning eye that can only come from filmmakers with a lifetime of experience in the mountain film industry. One of this year’s most highly anticipated films, Bonington: Mountaineer is not to be missed and we’re delighted to be hosting the world premiere at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival."

- Joanna Croston, Programming Director, Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.

You can see the trailer here:

2 weeks ago

Our Wilderness Award winner, Hannah Meinertzhagen, who is from Hambrook, has given us a brief update on her successful 'Breaking in Borkoldoy: Mountaineering in Kyrgyzstan 2017'expedition.

"The expedition set out to ascend a number of unclimbed peaks in a remote part of the Borkoldoy mountain range in Kyrgyzstan and was a great success! Overall, we summited 14 peaks including our primary objective – a heavily corniced 5044m mountain, identified a number of cave entrances, documented an array of interesting wildlife and photographed numerous glaciers to contribute to Project Pressures’ climate change research. The team also investigated a couple of rivers but unfortunately they were not deemed suitable for kayaking. The expedition was a fantastic and challenging adventure of which we all feel very privileged to have been a part.

A big thank you to the Wilderness Awards, BMC and Mount Everest Foundation for supporting our endeavours. We look forward to sharing the story of our adventure at the Wilderness Lectures"

We are currently planning a 30th Anniversary event in Bristol next spring at which Hannah will be one of several speakers (exact date and location TBC).

The closing date for the Wilderness Award 2018 is November 30th. Full details are on the Wilderness Lectures website, under the 'About us' link.

1 month ago

Alpine Club. September 19th
Hugh Norton – “Norton of Everest”
Hugh is the youngest son of renowned Everest pioneer and military leader E.F (Teddy) Norton. Hugh lives in Bristol and his biography of his father, published in May 2017, reveals Teddy’s remarkable life as a mountaineer, soldier, naturalist and artist. Enlisting as a soldier during the declining years of the British Empire, Teddy’s gift for leadership saw him rapidly move through the ranks in the First World War, which paved the way for future leadership roles. Notably, when General Charles Bruce was struck down with malaria on the approach march of the 1924 Everest expedition, Teddy led from the front, setting an altitude record for climbing Everest without supplementary oxygen – a record only bettered when Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler made the first ascent of Everest without oxygen in 1978. Yet tragedy would follow his achievement when George Mallory and Andrew Irvine disappeared high on the mountain.

Venue: Upper Room of the Nova Scotia, Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. The Nova Scotia is a well-known Bristol landmark, situated at the western end of the Floating Harbour, with ample local parking and good beer. Meet for beer and food from 6.30pm; lectures start at 7.30pm. The AC SW regional organisers are Tony Westcott and Chris Storie.
All AC & Eagle Ski members and guests are welcome. There is no entry charge, but non-members of AC or Eagle Ski are asked to confirm by email to Tony Westcott (twestcott@btinternet.com) prior to the event and may like to make a donation of £5 to the Montane Alpine Club Climbing Fund.

1 month ago

We're off. Tickets are available now at Stanfords in Bristol or online. Brochures are being mailed out and an enewsletter has just gone out, too. First lecture on October 4th, see you soon.