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.
John Blashford-Snell OBE - 28/11/2018 19:30
The Pan American Highway running from Alaska to Cape Horn is broken in Panama and Colombia by the infamous Darien Gap. This is the story of how in 1972 a large international team of servicemen and scientists made the first vehicle crossing of the complete gap, carrying out important research en route. A dramatic tale of human endeavour under the most appalling conditions; JBS describes this as his 'toughest project'.
Connor Roe - 12/12/2018 19:30
During the Spring of 2018, an international team of cave explorers set out to tackle a remote cave in Southern Mexico, Cueva Pena Colorada. Due to the logistical complexity of its exploration, this spectacular cave has seen less than a handful of visits since the region started to attract cavers.
The team’s primary objective was to place a series of exploration divers in the cave's final sump, something that has not been done since 1984 when the exploration involved Bristol’s Rob Parker, the late founder of the Bristol Climbing Centre. Back then, divers lack ed the advanced equipment that is available to us today and with the aid of modern diving equipment and techniques, the team connected this vast cave to the extensive Huautla system on the mountain above. With a 4km gap between the two systems, making the connection between these two magnificent caves was not an easy feat.
Keith Partridge - 09/01/2019 19:30
Join one of the world’s most experienced extreme location filmmakers and cameraman on another journey behind the scenes. Camera in hand he has documented expeditions and adventures to some of the harshest places on earth for the past 25 years. This is story-telling with a twist, illustrated with stunning images. Filming is about fun but whether it’s ‘type 1’, ‘type 2’ or even ‘type 3’ fun is any one’s guess!