Wilderness Lectures News
Over £7,800 raised for Nepal at Wilderness Lectures
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.
Wilderness Lectures, Bristol – 19th March - Megan Lewis
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…
Wilderness Lectures, Bristol – 5th March - Jon Hancock
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!
Wilderness Lectures, Bristol – 19th February - Charlie Speyer
19th February: Charlie Speyer, One man, one world, one bike
'In 2008 Charlie was working as a management consultant in London. He enjoyed his life but felt something was missing. One day he had a moment of clarity; as he was leaving yet another dull meeting he realised his favourite part of the day was his commute on his bicycle across London, dodging buses, narrow scrapes with taxis and even on one occasion being told to back off by Tony Blair's body guards for tailgating their convoy. It was time to commute full time.
Despite having never cycled more than a three day tour he sold his flat, bought a bike, a tent and a sleeping bag, flew to Tasmania and started pedalling with no real idea of where he was going or what he was doing. Somehow, twenty months later he ended up in the Shetland Islands having cycled across three continents ratcheting up some amazing experiences along the way from breaking a Maoist blockade in Nepal, being chased by a kimono dragon in Indonesia, having dinner with the revolutionary guard in Iran, to almost being driven mad by flies in the Australian outback.
Wilderness Lectures, Bristol – 5th February - Alastair Humphreys
5th February: Alastair Humphreys, Call of the Wild
'Alastair's lecture will cover tales of diverse adventures ranging from cycling round the world to his 2012 row across the Atlantic, having joined a crew of strangers with just 6 weeks' notice; in the same year he hauled a homemade cart of supplies for 1,600 km through the Empty Quarter desert in the footsteps of the great Wilfred Thesiger, finishing his journey in the extraordinary razzmatazz of Dubai at the top of the world's tallest building. Closer to home, Alastair has been promoting the idea of microadventures - small adventures close to home which help to remove the barriers to entry so common in the sometimes elitist world of adventure. One of his microadventures examples was walking a lap of the M25 motorway...
Wilderness Lectures, Bristol – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
8th January: Sir Ranulph Fiennes Beyond the limits
This presentation was extremely well received by an audience of over 650 people.
Here are a couple of photos of Sir Ranulph Fiennes with our MD, Steve Berry (who is one of the organisers of Wilderness Lectures).
Wilderness Lectures, Bristol – 22nd January - Jamie Maddison
22nd January: Jamie Maddison One Steppe Ahead
"The One Steppe Ahead expedition celebrates a century-old journey by the British explorer Sir Charles Howard-Bury through the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan to explore the Tien Shan Mountains: the ‘Mountains of Heaven'. Jamie - along with expedition partner Matthew Traver - will undertake the 2,500km route Howard-Bury once journeyed along, horse-riding unsupported across the eastern steppe of the country for four months. The pair will face considerable challenges on their voyage: from bartering and buying three suitable horses in Öskemen, temperatures at times exceeding 40°C, exploration of the Jungar Alatau subsection of the Tien Shan range, not to mention maintaining the health of their equine companions over thousands of kilometres of remote travel.