Paul Pritchard Aus­tralian Tour Beyond ‘Do­ing it Scared’

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AUS­TRALIAN CLIMBER Paul Pritchard, the sub­ject of the award­win­ning doco, Do­ing It Scared, is about to tackle a big speak­ing tour road trip with World Ex­pe­di­tions to share his amaz­ing life jour­ney of re­cov­er­ing from a dev­as­tat­ing climb­ing ac­ci­dent, and to re­turn to where it hap­pened and fin­ish his climb.

It was 18 years ear­lier that Paul suf­fered very se­ri­ous in­juries while at­tempt­ing to climb Tas­ma­nia’s iconic Totem Pole.At the time, Paul was one of the coun­try’s lead­ing climbers and, af­ter win­ning the Board­man Tasker Award for his book Deep Play, he used that prize­money to em­bark on a global climb­ing tour, which led him to the Totem Pole. It was while ab­seil­ing down this fa­mous rock­climb­ing lo­ca­tion that a boul­der was dis­lodged by his rope, landed on his head, and set in mo­tion a cat­a­strophic ac­ci­dent that nearly cost Paul his life. Af­ter the ac­ci­dent, Paul spent the next 12 months re­cov­er­ing; learn­ing to walk, feed and dress him­self, Paul was also left with hemi­ple­gia – he now has lit­tle move­ment or feel­ing on his body’s right side.

The phys­i­cal chal­lenges were matched by the men­tal. “The ac­ci­dent taught me a lot about ac­cep­tance,” Paul says. “Let­ting the fu­ture go with­out an­tic­i­pa­tion. With this ac­cep­tance comes the courage to nav­i­gate the nec­es­sary stum­bling stones of life.”

In 2016, Paul took his long re­cov­ery to its fi­nal steps: he at­tempted to climb the Totem Pole again, with that amaz­ing chal­lenge cap­tured in Do­ing It Scared. His mo­ti­va­tion was sim­ple: to prove that ‘dis­abled’ peo­ple are not un­able.

Paul’s speak­ing tour kicks off in June 2017 and he is very keen to share his amaz­ing story with au­di­ences through­out Aus­tralia. Au­di­ences will be both sad­dened but heart­ened by Paul’s story as he re­counts his re­cov­ery, and the many steps both phys­i­cally and men­tally taken to get him back to the Totem Pole to fin­ish what he de­scribes as “the long­est ex­pe­di­tion” he has ever been on. It is guar­an­teed to be an in­spir­ing evening with an amaz­ing Aus­tralian ad­ven­turer.

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