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The very best adventure lectures

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9 hours ago

This is a photo of Janette Benaddi and Niki Doeg after giving their Wilderness Lecture 'Four Mums in a Boat' on Wednesday 7th March. They told the story of their rowing the Atlantic in 2016, which was very enjoyable.

11 hours ago

It's our last lecture of the season on Wednesday (where did that year go?).

We hope you got the message that Alex Coltman can't guarantee to be there due to work commitments. In order to make sure that there's a paragliding speaker for you, Tim Pentreath has kindly agreed to take his place. Tim's got his own YouTube channel and will be illustrating his talk with some of his films of flying.

It's also our annual prize draw, for which every ticket is an entry. You could be kicking yourself about the one you didn't bother to fill in...

We hope to see you later this week, by which time the weather will be balmy again; rather than barmy. :-)

1 week ago

We have a change of speaker for our last event of the season.

Alex Coltman sends his apologies. He has been summoned to a work meeting that he can't avoid. He has asked his client to change the date but has not received a reply and therefore cannot commit to be with us on the 21st. We're very grateful to Tim Pentreath for stepping into his shoes.

If you have a ticket and only wanted to hear Alex speak, we will of course refund you. Send your ticket back to us (address on our website) with a stamped addressed envelope and we'll send you a cheque)


1 week ago

There's a talk in aid of the Youth Adventure Trust at St George's, next week. "The Going Beyond series of talks returns with two pioneering, record breaking, female adventurers."

1 week ago

The last S.West Alpine Club lecture of this season is on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 at the Nova Scotia. If you're a member it's your opportunity to share your slides. If you would like to share your story of a rock-climbing, mountain, alpine or ski-mountaineering trip in 10-15 slides, please contact Tony Westcott on twestcott@btinternet.com.

We have offers of stories from the far NW of Scotland, Haute Route and Patagonia. What's yours? Better than turning up on the night with your photos, it will help to run the evening more smoothly and efficiently if you can send your photos to Tony, preferably as a MS Powerpoint or as JPeg files with a title, by Sunday 18 March.

Venue: Upper Room of the Nova Scotia, Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. Meet for beer and food from 6.30pm; lectures start at 7.30pm. The AC SW regional organisers are Tony Westcott and Chris Storie.

2 weeks ago

The extraordinary story of 4 Yorkshire mums who decided to do something a bit different - ocean rowing...

3 weeks ago

Well, we've had a lot of inspirational lectures in our time but last nights was one of the most extraordinary - Paula McGuires story of her journey out of chronic anxiety by forcing herself to do more and more adventurous things (including public talking).

Her next challenge is to be the first person to swim around Britain. You can follow her progress here (and help her raise money for the Mental Health Foundation)


1 month ago

If anyone is interested - over a hundred expeditionary and travel films digitised recently by the society and the British Film Institute are now free to watch on the BFI website.
The collection ranges from professional expedition documentaries to home movies and amateur documentary footage. Some films, such as The Conquest of Everest (1953) are well known. Others are only now emerging from the obscurity of the archives, such as the recently restored colour footage filmed by Sir Charles Evans on the first ascent of the third-highest mountain in the world, Kangchenjunga 1955.

1 month ago

Alpine Club South West

The next lecture is lecture on Tuesday,13 February 2018 at the Nova Scotia:

Tony Westcott - "Adapting to Change in Nepal". Tony's presentation will illustrate and reflect on a November 2017 trek to the remote eastern Nepal district of Solukhumbu, visiting mountain community projects supported by The Glacier Trust, EcoHimal, Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development and Community Action Nepal, with a particular focus on sustainable farming, reforestation, education, health and eco-tourism.

Venue: Upper Room of the Nova Scotia, Cumberland Basin, Hotwells, Bristol, BS1 6XJ. Meet for beer and food from 6.30pm; lectures start at 7.30pm. The AC SW regional organisers are Tony Westcott and Chris Storie.