Paul Pritchard – The Mountain Path | TALK

Paul Pritchard – The Mountain Path | TALK


Organizer: Rheged Centre

Name: The Rheged Centre

Phone: 01768 868000

Email: [email protected]



Penrith, Cumbria,
CA11 0DQ

Price Notes

Adult £12.00 Concession £10.00


Just 2 minutes from M6 jct 40, off the A66.


Rheged are delighted to secure a talk by Paul as part of his UK tour, especially as he now lives in Australia.

Paul was a cutting-edge rock climber and mountaineer hailing from the UK. His climbing adventures took him from Wales to the Himalayas and from Baffin Island to Patagonia.

When he won the Boardman/Tasker Award for mountain literature in 1997, with his book Deep Play, he used the prize money on a world climbing tour that found him in Tasmania climbing a slender sea stack known as The Totem Pole. It was here that all he had known before was turned on its head.

On Friday 13th February 1998 a TV-sized boulder falling from twenty-five metres inflicted such terrible head injuries that doctors thought he might never walk or even speak again.

Being in hospital for a year, gave Paul the impetus to write his second book: The Totem Pole. This narrative about his personal journey through hemiplegia, won him an unprecedented second Boardman/Tasker prize, and the Banff Mountain Book Festival Grand Prize. His most recent book is The Mountain Path published in 2021.

Paul has continued to lead a challenging life even after such a catastrophic injury. He has climbed Kilimanjaro, rode a recumbent trike to Mount Everest and took the lead, rock climbing again.

In 2016 Paul finally climbed The Totem Pole with effectively only half a body, eighteen years after his accident, which is the subject of the Rummin film Doing It Scared.

He sees the accident as a gift and describes it as the best thing that has ever happened to him. He is a passionate believer that without the mountains he climbed, and more-so the Totem Pole accident, he would not have learnt some crucial life lessons.

Recently he led a team of people with disabilities between the lowest point to the highest points of Australia on the Lowest To Highest expedition. This July he is leading the Lowest To Highest team across the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell Ranges on the Larapinta Adaptive project.

1h plus Q&A

Event Details

Start Date End Date Times
03/12/2022 03/12/2022 7:30PM - 9:00PM