A fascinating evening with Sir Chris Bonnington
Mountaineering legend, Chris Bonnington, appeared in front of a packed audience in Bristol last night as one of this year’s star Wilderness Lecture speakers.
This annual series of lectures, presented by a diverse group of adventurers, is organised by our MD, Steve Berry and Dick Willis.
The enthralling evening showcased a new film about Sir Chris called ‘Bonnington: Mountaineer’ which looks back over the incredible life and career of the mountaineering legend and his many immense achievements climbing the highest and hardest mountains in the world. Now 85, Sir Chris reflects on his triumphs as well as tragedies, going full circle from his earliest climbs as a teenager to his ascent of the Old Many of Hoy aged 80.
After the film, Sir Chris took questions from the audience before signing copies of his latest book. The evening was considered a great success by the sold out crowd. Sir Chris is pictured here with Steve Berry.
The remaining lectures this year are presented by Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner, Simon Yates and John Pilkington. Visit Wilderness Lectures for further details and tickets.
On June 22nd 2015 Wilderness lectures and the University of Bristol Mountaineering Club hosted a very special evening in aid of Nepal following April’s tragic earthquake. A Night for Nepal was organised to raise money to help those affected.
19th March: Megan Lewis, Hoofing It Home: On Horseback from China to Wales
'In 2008, Megan set out on horseback from the eastern end of the Great Wall of China to ride coast to coast across Eurasia and back home to Wales. In doing so she also intended to achieve two further aims - not only to be the first person on record to ride from one end of the Great Wall to the other, but more importantly to carry a message of goodwill from Beijing to London between the Olympics, raising money for charity in the process. In her saddlebag she carried an Olympic flag presented by the Chinese Equestrian Association in Beijing to be handed over to the British Equestrian Federation at the successful conclusion of the ride in Greenwich. Over the next four years, the venture took her along the Great Wall, following ancient silk routes across the deserts, mountains and steppes of Asia, skirting the shores of the Aral and Caspian Seas before the final leg through the fields and forests of Europe. Often riding alone during the 12,800 km journey, Megan and her horses faced a variety of trials and tribulations including blizzards, wild stallions and scorpions, not to mention frustrating delays caused by accidents and official bureaucracy…
5th March: Jon Hancock, Honda Goes Home!
'Jon and his partner Christine had a desire to make a long journey, both in time and distance, that would provide opportunities to observe life from differing perspectives. In October 2005, they rolled their old Honda Civic off their Canford Lane drive-way for the start of a journey - a pilgrimage back to the car's 'spiritual home' in Japan where it was made… Overcoming countless obstacles, of which the English Channel was one of the first and by no means the least, they travelled overland through Europe and the Asian land mass as far as Vladivostok. On the way they passed through India, Myanmar and China. In late May this year, having driven over 75,000 kilometres from Bristol, they finally returned the car to the Suzuka Factory that had produced it more than a quarter of a century before. This is the story of that eccentric overland journey. Jon is a regular at Wilderness events and emailed us from Japan to tell us about the successful completion of this incredible 7.5 year journey. It sounded so wonderful we just had to invite him to tell us more about it!