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I have postponed sending this letter until now so as to be uninfluenced by post-trip emotions, as it were. But even 9 months on, I still cannot help but praise this expedition. It was a wonderful mixture of guides & people. The grade was enough to focus you on the task in hand, and to get a real feeling & respect for the land. The kindness & generosity displayed by ALL of the WE representatives on the trip all complimented the experience, turning it away from a regular organised expedition and into something more - something that has fed and quickened soul - and for adventure. Thank you.

Simon Stuart | Gloucester

Paul Pritchard Speaking Tour


Paul Pritchard: Beyond ‘Doing it Scared’ | Australian Speaking Tour | June 2017

Paul Pritchard is an extraordinary man on an inspiring journey.

Paul is hitting the road to share his incredible story of climbing the Totem Pole 18 years after a catastrophic accident left him partially paralysed - as seen on ABC's Australian Story and in the award-winning documentary, Doing It Scared, currently touring with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. This is a story about determination, acceptance, grace and ultimately, freedom. 

“I’ve made my peace with fear. There’s no way of avoiding it, it’s reality, which means you have to befriend fear and do it scared,” says Paul.

Audiences will laugh and cry as Paul relives the tale of his crushing injury and ongoing recovery with both humility and humour. He describes his accident as ‘the best thing that ever happened to me’ and refers to his journey over the past 18 years as the longest expedition he’s ever been on.

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

Paul’s story carries a secondary message, to prove that disabled people are certainly not unable. According to Paul, it’s society that is disabled around them. 

Paul’s never-waning desire for adventure will awaken your soul, giving you the perspective to see life’s journey with renewed focus and passion. 

Doors open 6:30pm. Presentation begins at 7pm.

Sydney Tues 20 June Book Tickets
Canberra Wed 21 June        Book Tickets
Hobart  Wed 28 Jun Book Tickets
Adelaide Tues 4 Jul Book Tickets
Melbourne      Wed 5 Jul Book Tickets
Brisbane Thurs 6 Jul Book Tickets
Launceston Fri 11 Aug Book Tickets

Tickets are $25 with proceeds going to Paul’s upcoming Lowest to Highest Expeditiona world first expedition comprising of five people with significant disabilities riding human powered tricycles from Australia’s lowest point, Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre) to the highest point at the summit of Mount Kosciuszko (2228m).

Travel with Paul: This year, Paul is inviting you to join his walk along Tasmania’s wild coastline, on his annual pilgrimage to the Totem Pole. The 4 day adventure, ‘My Tasmania’ with Paul Pritchard, departs 9 November 2017. Find Out More

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Paul PritchardAbout Paul: 

Paul Pritchard was a cutting-edge rock climber and mountaineer hailing from the UK. His adventures took him from Wales to the Himalayas, the Karakoram to Patagonia, Baffin Island to the Pamirs. This all changed on Friday the 13th of February 1998 when a TV-sized boulder falling from 25 metres inflicted such terrible head injuries that doctors thought he might never walk or even speak again. Despite his ongoing recovery and coping with the effects of hemiplegia, Paul sees his accident as a gift. He has written several acclaimed books and continues to lead an adventurous life - climbing Kilimanjaro, caving, sea kayaking, river rafting and, in 2009, leading rock climbing again. Paul rode a recumbent trike through Tibet to Mount Everest and, in 2016 he finally climbed the Totem Pole, 18 years after his accident.


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Fred Hollows Foundation
Porter Protect
The Himalayan Trust UK