LJMU Outdoor Adventure Public Lecture Series


14 November 2012

The Outdoor Education team at LJMU has been inspiring the value and application of outdoor adventure in society for over 40 years.

LJMU's Outdoor Adventure Public Lecture Series hosted by the Centre for Sport, Dance and Outdoor Education aims to provide a forum for sharing stories and journeys of outdoor adventure, whilst instilling the spirit of outdoor adventure within local and wider communities. LJMU has trained thousands of outdoor educators to promote a spirit of adventure and maximise the benefits of being outdoors across a whole range of individuals, groups and communities. LJMU leads international research into the benefits and practices of outdoor adventure, outdoor education, and outdoor leadership, and is committed to making a difference through outdoor learning practices.

2012/13 Lectures

The Carbon Cycle: Crossing the Great Divide by Dr Kate Rawles (Shortlisted for the 2012 Banff Mountain Festival 'Adventure Travel' Book Award)
Date: Thursday 22 November 2012, (7.00 - 9.00pm)


How can a 4,553 mile cycling adventure from Texas to Alaska - following the spine of the Rocky Mountains - help us to understand and tackle climate change?

Outdoor Philosopher Dr Kate Rawles cycled 4,553 miles from Texas to Alaska, following the spine of the Rocky Mountains as closely as possible. Cycling across unforgiving but starkly beautiful landscapes - New Mexican deserts, over high mountain passes, across glaciers, and down to the sea - she encountered bears, wolves, moose, cliff-swallows, aspens, and a single, astonishing lynx. Along the way, she talked to Americans about climate change - from truck drivers to the Mayor of Albuquerque - to find out what they knew about it, whether they cared, and if they did, what they thought they could do. Through a story of outdoor adventure, Kate's experience helps us to cross the great divide between where we are on climate change and where we need to be.

Snow, Ice and Adventure in the Welsh Hills:  Tales from the frontline of North Wales Winter Climbing by Mark 'Baggy' Richards and Simon Panton (authors of the new 2011 North Wales Winter Climbing Guide)
Date: Thursday 17 January 2013, (7.00 - 9.00pm)

What are the tales behind the extraordinary wave of winter climbing activity and renewed focus on undocumented winter climbing routes in North Wales?

North Wales has some of the best winter climbing in the UK. Recent years have seen superb winter conditions in Snowdonia leading to an extraordinary wave of winter climbing activity, triggering an explosion of new routes and a renewed focus on the many undocumented routes climbed since the Welsh Winter Climbs Guidebook (1988). The authors of the new North Wales Winter Climbing Guide, Simon Panton and Mark 'Baggy' Richards (Alumnus of LJMU) will tell the story of winter climbing developments in Northern Snowdonia over recent years. This will give insider views on the adventures that underpin this new winter guidebook and they will offer personal tales of previously undocumented routes in the area.

Snakes, rivers and waterfalls: Kayaking below and beyond Mount Kenya by Adam Harmer (UK leading Kayaker sponsored by Pyranha Kayaks and Palm Equipment)
Thursday 21 March 2013, (7.00 - 9.00pm)

What does it take to explore new kayaking territory and rivers across the world?

In 2011 LJMU Senior Lecturer in Outdoor Education Adam Harmer went on a kayaking expedition to Kenya, called 'Below and Beyond'. Following on from the hugely successful 'Team Below and Beyond Machu Picchu expedition' to Peru back in 2009, the trip proved to be one of the most successful kayak expeditions from the UK that year. Adam and team mates Jon 'Spike' Green, Pete Catterall and Dan Butler went exploring on foot, 4x4's and motorbikes in search of these untouched gems before setting off in their kayaks and running truly world class white water rapids and waterfalls. Come along for stories about snakes, AK47's and discovering new whitewater rivers and waterfalls in Kenya and hear an inspiring story of world-wide adventure exploration.

All of the above lectures are free to attend - LJMU students, staff and the general public. 

Tickets need to be booked in advance to guarantee entry as there are limited tickets available. All lectures will take place at the LJMU Art and Design Academy, Duckinfield Street, Off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L3 5RD.

Lectures start at 7.00pm prompt.

To book tickets online visit: http://ljmuoutdooradventure.eventbrite.com/
or contact Martine Keegan, email: M.Keegan@ljmu.ac.uk or call: 0151 2321 5410

To contact the lecture organiser email: Dr Kaye Richards: K.E.Richards@ljmu.ac.uk

 



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