It is a great 30 metre slabby wall leading to a tremendously exposed arete and a mad place to be….The snaking line of “P’U” E2 5b…Notice it had its first ascent in 1990 by the mighty “Gap” pioneer Aidan Forde and the even more infamous Paul Pritchard…U.K climbing legend…A man I truely admire greatly…
When he won the Boardman/Tasker Award for mountain literature in 1997, with Deep Play, he spent 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 that he had known before was turned on its head.
On Friday the 13th of February 1998 a TV-sized boulder falling from 25 meters inflicted such terrible head injuries that doctors thought he might never walk or even speak again. Pritchard has spent his time since the accident in contemplation of the hemiplegia which has robbed his right side of movement and played tricks with his speech and memory.
However, he is still making a remarkable recovery and re-directing his life in continually inspiring and rewarding ways.
He has since moved to Tasmania, the place that did him so much harm, and is raising two children.
Always looking to the future, Pritchard story gives the message that life doesn’t have to stop with the trauma of head injury or disability.
Just have a look at this and see!!!!! http://vimeo.com/30899616