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

Tim Emmett (c) Tim Emmett

Tim Emmett

Tim is a professional athlete who has also appeared on numerous BBC programs, including Top Gear. In October 2015 he won the Redbull Whitecliffs climbing competition on the Isle of White, and in February 2016 he climbed Interstellar Spice, the first Ice Climb in the world graded WI 12 at Helmcken Falls, Canada. In August 2016 he climbed the scary and runout traditionally protected climb The Path 5.14R (8b+), in Lake Louise, Canada. More recently in 2017 he repeated Superman 5.14c (8c+) in Squamish, BC, Canada.

He has established some of the hardest rock climbs in Cuba, Mongolia and Wales. An Author, Speaker and wingsuit pilot, he works closely with Mountain Hardwear design team and continues to push the boundaries of physical and mental performance. On his first Himalayan trip in 2006 with Ian Parnell, Tim climbed a new route on the East Face on Kedar Dome (6840M) free, in Alpine style, and nominated for the Piolet D’Or. Tim achieved podium position 4 times at the World Ice Climbing Championships. In 2010 Tim made the first ascent of Muy Caliente the first E10 in Wales.Tim enjoys many other sports including Skiing, Split Boarding, Free Diving, Skeleton, Bobsleigh, Kite Boarding, Mountain Biking and Heli Boarding. Tim graduated with Marine Zoology is is currently training for Everest which he is planning to climb in October 2019

This is the Ginette Harrison Memorial Lecture 2019

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Where is the Limit?

Tim Emmett - 04/03/2020 19:30

Tim’s talk is a collection of stories from his quest to search out what is possible. Whether its pioneering Deep water soloing, winning an international competition, establishing the hardest ice climb in the world, flying his body, or pushing to breaking point as a 45 year old dad on the most popular 9a in Spain. Tim explores the mindset, training and dedication to truly find out - where is the limit?


SPACE - out of this world

Helen Sharman CMG OBE - 18/03/2020 19:30

Helen will describe her personal journey from research chemist to becoming the first British astronaut. She will talk about her training, learning Russian, living in Star City, the launch and landing, how weightlessness feels, her scientific experiments, the team spirit, and readjusting to life back on Earth. She enthuses and inspires her audience about Space, STEM and the wonders of science. Helen’s presentation includes slides, many of which she took herself on MIR and during her training.


The Summit is the Goal

Peter Habeler - 01/04/2020 19:30

Habeler and Messner were an inseparable duo, climbing many 8000m peaks without supplemental oxygen, including Cho Oyu, Nanga Parbat, Kanchenjunga, Hidden Peak and Everest, on May 8th 1978, an achievement that had been previously thought impossible.

Peter founded the Peter Habeler Ski and Mountaineering School in his hometown of Mayrhofen, Austria. In 1999 he was granted the title “Professor” by the Austrian Government.

Peter will talk about the highlights of his long Alpine life, including the hardest routes in the Dolomites, fast ascents of the North faces of the Eiger, Matterhorn and other peaks and, naturally, the ascent of Mt. Everest he made with Reinhold Messner. Peter is still climbing hard, 2 years ago, aged 77, he climbed the Eiger North face in winter again and 3 months ago he ascended the north face of the Cime Grande.