wilderness LECTURES

A winter series of public lectures in Bristol the theme of which is world-wide adventure.

Our lecturers are well known explorers, mountaineers, travel writers, TV personalities, adventure sports personalities or anyone who has an epic story to tell and can enthral our audience with a rattling good yarn. The talks are invariably illustrated with slides and/or film.

Featured Speaker

Andy Torbet (c) Andy Torbet

Andy Torbet

Andy is an extreme adventurer, presenter and zoologist. He is a highly qualified, experienced and respected cave, deep mixed gas and commercial diver as well as a freediver. He also holds some of the highest qualifications as a mountaineering and climbing instructor, caver and sea-kayaker.

After completing a degree in Zoology he spent 10 years in the British Forces as a Bomb Disposal Officer, Diver and Paratrooper on operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. Since leaving the Forces he earned a living as a diving and climbing safety supervisor and expedition manager for the media and through his articles, talks and sponsorship as an adventurer.

As well as his own adventure and exploration projects and stunts, Andy was a presenter of BBC's Coast. After his specials on freediving around Scotland were so well received by BBC's Landward viewers he was been tasked with producing specials on sea-kayaking. His self-produced film on a solo cave diving project in the Cave of Skulls was also aired on the BBC's Adventure Show. In Summer 2012 he was involved filming in the arctic for BBC2's Operation Iceberg, and wrote his first book. Andy regularly writes for a number of diving, climbing and adventure magazines.

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Underwater Adventures: Beneath the Frozen Surface

Andy Torbet - 18/12/2019 19:30

Andy had been involved in underwater exploration and adventures around the world for over 20 years. Narrowing down which ones to cover in his talk was made easier by the date. So this Festive period he’ll be covering some of his more wintery aquatic exploits. His dives into frigid waters have included exploring underwater in ice-caves at the bottoom of Blue Lakes, diving under icebergs in the Arctic Ocean, filming in the submerged passageways and chambers of abandoned mines in Finland and freediving under Alaskan lake ice or flooded crevasses in Greenland... and even the extremes of solo cave-diving in Scotland…in February. With in-water temperatures touching on -2 and air temperatures hitting -28 expect the talk to be cold, Christmassy and full of blue adventures.


Walking the Continental Divide

Chris Reeve - 08/01/2020 19:30

In May, Chris sent us a message, " The next few sections are looking interesting... I'm about to enter the south San Juan mountains, which this year have had almost three times as much snow as a typical year, so are looking pretty much impassable at the moment on the official route. I'm currently plotting a route which takes most of of the lower passes and valleys, aiming to avoid the exposed ridges the official CDT takes. Currently there are about 40 hikers ahead of me on trail, and I don't think any have attempted any of the high routes yet, so I should have a bit of company down in the valleys!

I'm still hoping to continue north all the way to Canada, rather than have to jump around and complete the sections out of order. If all goes to plan, I should be on track to finish late August or early September, so here's hoping I can stick to the schedule" We hope he does too - come along and find out.


The Making of 'Our Planet' TV series

Alastair Fothergill - 22/01/2020 19:30

In a lavishly illustrated lecture, Alastair Fothergill, one of the series producers, will tell the stories behind the making of this landmark natural history series that was presented by Sir David Attenborough. The series launch in April 2019 in 190 countries worldwide and immediately attracted a massive global audience, making it Netflix most successful documentary series.