Paul Pritchard Australian Tour Beyond ‘Doing it Scared’
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.