The Transglobe Expedition Trust RGS Evening will be taking place on the 16th November 2016, as always we try to bring you the best of the best, and we hope you will agree that we have yet another fantastic line-up, with Nicholas Crane, Stephen Venables, Tracey Curtis-Taylor, and The Coxless Crew


Over the past ten years2016 RGS Lecture Evening the annual Transglobe Expedition Trust (TET) evening has become a popular part of the Royal Geographical Society calendar. Previous speakers have included John Blashford-Snell, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Robin Knox-Johnston, Joanna Lumley, Michael Palin, Ray Mears, Ben Fogle, Bear Grylls, Brian Blessed, Jonathan Porritt and Geoff Holt as well as many of those supported in the past by TET including Ed Stafford, Sarah Outen and Felicity Aston. Our aim is to stage an entertaining evening and mix talks by distinguished speakers with the inspiring stories of some of those most recently supported by TET, thus raising funds for future imaginative and challenging projects. As always, we are very grateful to our speakers who, with the trustees, and our generous supporters, Berghaus, look forward to welcoming you to the RGS for another great evening.  Tickets are available here.

Doors open at 6:30pm with talks starting at 7:00pm.

Nicholas Crane, is a geographer, explorer, writer and broadcaster who in 2015 was elected President of the Royal Geographical Society. In 1986, travelling by bicycle with his cousin, Dr Richard Crane, Nick located the pole of inaccessibility within the Eurasia landmass. The expedition was the subject of his book Journey to the Centre of the Earth. In 1992-93 he embarked on an 18 month solo journey, walking 10,000 kilometers from Cape Finisterre to Istanbul which he described in his award winning book Clear Water Rising: A Mountain Walk Across EuropeandinhisdocumentaryHighTrailstoIstanbul. In 1992  together with his cousin, Richard, Nick was awarded the Mungo Park Medal by the Scottish Geographical Society for his journeys in Tibet, China, Afghanistan and Africa. As well as writing some 15 books including Mercator: The Man who Mapped the Planet and Two Degrees West (an account of his walk down Britain’s central meridian), Nick is probably best known for his many TV appearances and of those, specifically the highly acclaimed BBC series Coast, as well as Mapman and Great British Journeys (following the travels through Britain of eight pioneers from 12th to the 20th Centuries).

Stephen Venables, mountaineer, writer and broadcaster was the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen. He reached the summit alone, after climbing with an American-Canadian team, by a new route up the Kangshung Face. Stephen’s career has taken him throughout the Himalaya, making first ascents from Afghanistan to Tibet. During the descent from Panch Chuli V, he broke both legs in a fall, when an abseil anchor failed; thanks to his team mates and the Indian Air Force, he was rescued. The expedition was recorded in his book A Slender Thread and in Victor Saunders ‘No Place to Fall. Stephen’s adventures have taken him to the Rockies, Andes, to the Antarctic island of South Georgia, East Africa, South Africa and the European Alps, where he has climbed and skied for over forty years. In late 2015 Stephen sailed with colleagues to the Antarctic Peninsula to ski/climb a number of peaks. In September 2016 he is leading an expedition to South Georgia. And, for 2018 he is planning a return to the Antarctic Peninsula. Stephen lectures extensively and has written a dozen books. He has presented for the BBC on Radio 4 and appeared in numerous TV documentaries and in the IMAX movie Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure,

Raised in Canada Tracey Curtis-Taylor had her first flying lesson aged 16. She returned to England in the 70’s and in 1982 went to South Africa where she worked before returning to the UK overland on a five month journey in a Bedford truck. Soon after, she migrated to New Zealand and gained her private and commercial pilot’s licenses with an ‘instructor’ rating and, unusual for a woman, was trained by military pilots to fly WW2 airplanes with the New Zealand Warbird Association. Tracey also pursued a career in aerial photography and mapping. Other early adventures include rafting in Papua New Guinea and scuba diving for WW2 wrecks in the SW Pacific. In 2007 she drove for six weeks in the Peking to Paris classic car rally through northern China, the Gobi Desert, across Russia to the Baltic and to Paris. In 2013 she was invited to join a 3 man Russian crew ferrying an old Antonov 2 biplane from Kiev to Cape Town. Later that year, following the route of pioneer aviator, Lady Mary Heath, Tracey flew 10,000 miles from Cape Town to Goodwood, WestSussex, in her bi-plane “SpiritofArtemis”.  In 2015 she retraced the 13,000 mile flight by Amy Johnson from the UK to Sydney, Australia. Earlier this year, Tracey set out on an attempt to cross the USA from Seattle to Boston, a flight that was aborted when “Spirit of Artemis” lost power and crashed in the Arizona Desert. Undeterred, Tracey is now restoring the plane and planning future projects. A documentary film about Tracey, The Aviatrix, was broadcast in March 2015 on BBC4.

The Coxless Crew are a team of 6 women who set two World Records earlier this year when they successfully completed their incredible 9 month journey across the Pacific Ocean in their 29ft pink ocean rowing boat, “Doris”. Throughout their project the Team were supported by the Transglobe Expedition Trust and were raising money for their chosen charities, Breast Cancer Cure and Walking With The Wounded.  The 8,600 nautical mile journey took the crew from San Francisco, USA to Cairns, Australia via two short stopovers in Hawaii and Samoa. Laura Penhaul, Natalia Cohen and Emma Mitchell rowed the whole journey while the fourth seat in the boat was occupied in relay by Isabel Burnham (San Francisco to Hawaii), Lizanne Van Vuurren (Hawaii to Samoa) and Meg Dyos (Samoa to Cairns). In total, the crew were at sea for 257 days, each crew member rowing 12 hours every day in two-hour shifts, sleeping for just 90 minutes at a time. On arrival in Cairns in January this year, the team became the first ’fours’ boat and first all-female team to row the full Pacific from America to Australia.

We look forward to seeing you at the RGS.