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3 days ago

Absolutely brilliant lecture on Wednesday from Anna McNuff. We've had speakers leap onto the lecture bench, ride a penny-farthing across the front, talk whilst sitting on a motorbike... But we've never had a lecturer rip off her trousers in front of the audience before!

Next up is another runner, Nick Butter. By the time of his lecture he will have clocked up 300 marathons, including monsters like the Marathon des Sables. In January he's off on an attempt to run a marathon in every country in the world. How do you prepare for that? Come and find out...

5 days ago

A message from our chums at TCA/UCR:

""We're extremely excited to be hosting the first screening of Psychovertical at St. George's Hall on 20th November.

Filmmaker Jen Randall (Light Shed Pictures) and climber/writer Andy Kirkpatrick have teamed up to make a creative documentary based on Andy's Boardman-Tasker winning auto-biography, 'Psycho Vertical'.

Andy and Jen will be joining us on the night to talk more about the film and will be running a Q+A after the screening!

Tickets are now available to book on undercover-rock.com/events/psycho-vertical-screening.

Please bring your booking confirmation to the venue (either digitally or printed) as this will be your ticket to gain entry.

Andy Kirkpatrick is a world-class climber and alpinist who lives a life of conflicting desires and responsibilities. Though he knows the pain of living in poverty, pursuing his dreams comes before making a living. Though he battles with severe dyslexia, he has turned himself into an award-winning author. While compelled to share his life online and make audiences crumple with laughter on stage, he chooses to test himself on some of the world’s longest and most difficult climbs totally alone. And while a proud and doting father, he cannot help but put ambition over security, even if that means risking his life time and again.

By diving head-first into his past, his present and his motivation for pushing his limits to the absolute extreme, our aim is to explore themes of conflicting identities, the strength and futility of ambition, how our pasts shape us, drive us forward and stay with us all of our lives and of course... what it's like to solo a frickin' big wall... in detail. For real."

The trailer for the film went live last week and can be found here: https://vimeo.com/237620448

1 week 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 week 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.

2 weeks 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

3 weeks ago

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

3 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.

3 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:

3 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.