2020-2021

A list of this season's talks appears below, click on an individual entry for more information. We will be making use of Zoom at the start the season, with live, online-only presentations, but hope to return to the Hall as soon as the COVID-19 situation allows.

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    From Transylvania to Tallinn

    September 15th

    Jan Parsons

    Jan takes us on a journey across Eastern Europe from Romania via East Slovakia and Riga to Tallinn, the best preserved medieval city in Northern Europe.

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    Crossing Papua New Guinea

    October 6th

    Charlie Walker

    In early 2019 Charlie Walker undertook a two-month crossing of the rugged interior of Papua New Guinea by foot and packraft, via the country’s highest peaks and longest river.

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    Walking with Morocco’s Berber Warriors

    October 20th

    Alan Palmer

    No stranger to trekking in Morocco, Alan joins Aït ‘Atta tribes on their annual winter transhumance trek, returning from their High Atlas summer pastures to their homeland in Jebel Sahro.

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    A Carpet Ride to Khiva

    November 3rd

    Chris Aslan Alexander

    Chris recounts his experiences of living in Khiva, Uzbekistan for seven years – starting in a carpet factory and ending up being the largest employer in town.

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    Adventures in the Wild

    November 17th

    John Beatty

    John has adventured across 38 countries, always returning with stories of experiences of a world few have encountered - Greenland, Alaska, Antarctica, Mongolia, Ethiopia...

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    Members' Social

    December 1st

    TBA

    Members’ only evening with quiz and members’ talks. Provisional subject to coronavirus restrictions on hall usage.

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    Following in Family Footsteps

    December 15th

    Andy Browning

    Andy follows in his great grandfather's footsteps through Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt

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    Climbing the Seven Summits

    January 5th

    Jo Bradshaw

    Expedition Leader Jo talks in depth about the highest mountain on each of the seven continents and what can make each summit a daunting challenge in its own right.

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    Adventure in the Andes

    January 19th

    Kate Rawles

    Kate rode the length of South America on ‘Woody’; a bamboo bicycle she built herself. Following the spine of the Andes, Kate explored the urgent challenge of biodiversity loss.

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    Spots and Stripes

    February 2nd

    Paul Goldstein

    Paul, photographer, presenter and outspoken defender of persecuted species, has spent years with spotted and striped predators and will show us many of his award-winning images.

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    Africa’s Forgotten Frontiers

    February 16th

    Reza Pakravan

    Explorer Reza will share tales of his journey to the tense frontiers of the Sahel, from Senegal to Somalia and from the Dogon Hunters in Mali to the Wodaabe nomads in Chad.

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    Madagascar: Gardens of Mars

    March 2nd

    John Gimlette

    John travels the world’s fourth largest island, over four journeys visiting remote tribes, enchanted forests, battlefields, sorcerers and an eccentric militia. Prepare to be surprised.

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    Bolivia: South America in a Microcosm

    March 16th

    Sharon Leigh

    Bolivia is often described as encapsulating the variety of South America. Sharon takes us from the lush lowlands to high Altiplano, also giving an insight to the wildlife and people.

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    Walking New Zealand

    March 30th

    Charlie Knight

    Charlie spends four months on the 3000km Te Araroa Trail along the length of New Zealand, seeing its most spectacular and remote landscapes.

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    AGM, Sustainable Travel & The Fabled Galapagos

    April 13th

    Graham Miller & Andy Tucker

    Would you change your travel plans? Graham will discuss how we can make our own travel more sustainable. Andy counts himself lucky to have seen many fantastic wildlife spectacles around the world, and in this talk he will share his knowledge of the Galapagos Islands.

These are the main items of the programme, but they may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. Any changes or other events will be announced at the meetings and in our newsletters.

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