Llangollen Adventure Lectures

Langollen Adventure Lectures have been running since 2016, run by our boss Pete Carol, and World Famous Expedition Kayaker Dave Manby. Bring you a series of tales from near and far. Groundbreaking expeditions through to locals stories.
The lectures are run on a not for profit basis, with raffles and the occasional bar run for a local adventure related good cause.
You can buy your tickets at Eventbrite, or thanks to ProAdventure save the fees and book at the ProAdventure Shop, or the ProAdventure Facebook Page.
  • Llangollen Adventure Lectures 2018/2019

    Llangollen Adventure Lectures 2018/2019 Season
    Our season started with a collaboration with our local Community Cinema, New Dot Cinema and ProAdventure sponsoring their showing of the film Mountain. The town hall was full to bursting with the big screen showing this visual delight.

    Adventures at the Leading Edge
    October brought Sarah McNair Landry and Erik Boomer across from the US with tales of some awe inspiring expeditions.

    American professional white water paddler Erik Boomer, and Canadian polar adventurer Sarah McNair-Landry came and did a tour of the UK a few years ago detailing their recently completed a gruelling 65-day expedition across Baffin Island, covering over a 1000km by kayak, ski and foot.

    White Water Kayaking on Baffin Island
    Avoiding crevasses to cross the largest Icecap on Baffin Island, Boomer, Sarah and two friends descended into the Weasel River valley. Here, Boomer did a first descent of the class 5 glacier fed river surrounded by some of the world’s tallest cliffs. This was only the first week on a two-month expedition. It was an amazing lecture (and expedition).

    Since then they have continued exploring and expeditioning. It is with good reason Erik was voted “expedition-er of the year” by National Geographic magazine.

    Their latest trip – kite ski across Greenland towing kayaks to get to the river paddle this river, which “looked interesting on Google earth” from the glacier to the ocean. The film of this trip “into Twin Galaxies” was the winner of the peoples vote at both Banff and Kendal Mountain Film Festivals.

    Sarah is very modest but has done many ground breaking polar trips and is a pioneer of expedition ski kiting.

    The Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018
    Misbah Khan presented her own story of the Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018.
    An international team of women from across Europe and the Middle East successfully skied together to the North Pole in April 2018, despite being predominantly novices. The expedition aimed to foster greater dialogue and understanding between women from Western and Arabian cultures, as well as to inspire all women to reach beyond the expectation of others and fulfil their own life ambitions.

    Misbah paints a picture of herself as an ordinary mother, but a long series of ever more ambitious trips brought her to the point where she undertook her trip skiing to the North Pole.

    January 2019 – Our Locals Night
    So in a packed room upstairs at the Bridge End Hotel we had the legendary adventurer Phil Blain. Phil was a pioneer of extreme paddling in North Wales and brought us tales of his pioneering open canoe descents of The Fairy Glen and Swallow falls. I’ve been wanting to see these for a couple of decades and they did not disappoint.

    Robyn Lovelock told us about stage hiking the Appalachian Trail, including tales of snake bite in canyons and 10 day wilderness sections with no chance of escape.

    Scenes from the Cape Wrath Ultra by Irene Evison
    The Cape Wrath Ultra
    Irene Evison calls herself a slow ultra runner and shared slides and stories of this years Cape Wrath Ultra. With a relaxed attitude Irene still ran over 200 miles in a week and fitted in the odd slap up lunch. Rather than run herself into the ground Irene took her time and enjoyed the scenery in the far north of Scotland.

    Kylie Jones Mattock told us of her April bikepacking adventure the GR247 in Spain, enjoying excellent refugios, suspect route guides, repeated monster climbs and diversions through caves Steve and Kylie came home to tell their tale. You can read Kylie’s blog article at Vinyl Bear Clothing.

    February 26th Triple Bill – Pete, Sarah & Tom
    So we have Pete Cornes with tales of the Trans Madeira Bike Race and Tom Laws will be sharing stories from ski mountaineering in Argentina.
    Sarah will be regaling us with a tail of cycling to Spain with very little experience and a cheap bike from Ebay. (more below)

    Please pay or otherwise on the door. Bridge End Hotel, Llangollen 7:30pm
    £5 donation without expectation.

    Here is Sarah’s outline of her trip
    “5 years ago (aged 45) I cycled from UK to Barcelona solo on an ancient Peugeot bike I bought for £100 on eBay (starting bid had been 99p so I was disappointed to pay so much). The bike only lasted 2 days of the trip and I had to buy the cheapest bike I could find in Decathlon to continue. I had never cycled more than 30 odd miles before and was not a fit or adventurous person. I was a stand up comic at the time and wrote a comedy show about my trip which I performed for 22 days in a row at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
    I will talk for about half an hour or so about the trip – not a comedy show but plenty of laughs and cock-ups and hopefully bit of inspiration that anyone can give stuff a go.” Sarah

    Professionals Night – March 30th 2019
    New for this winter talks season we are hosting a night of tales of adventure and daring do with hand picked (or shanghaied) adventurers who work in the great outdoors.
    So far we have probables including,
    Anthony Ing of Stand Up Paddle board UK
    Tom Parker of Tom Parker – Coaching and Guiding
    Aaron Kendall and Rob Hirst of Whitewater Active
    Joshua O’Brien formerly of Llangollen Outdoors

    Please pay or otherwise on the door. Bridge End Hotel, Llangollen 7:30pm
    £5 donation without expectation.

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