Paul Pritchard


Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Trad (Worked): E8
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E7
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Paul Pritchard is a British rock climber and mountaineer. He was a prominent figure in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly in and around North Wales.

On the 13th February 1998 he suffered a traumatic brain injury while climbing on The Totem Pole in Tasmania which left him with hemiplegia.

Bibliography

(2012). Deep play: Climbing the world’s most dangerous routes (2nd ed.). Vertebrate Publishing.

(2000). The totem pole: Surviving the ultimate adventure. Robinson Publishing.

(2005). The longest climb: Back from the abyss. Constable and Robinson.

(2021). The Mountain Path: A climber’s journey through life and death. Vertebrate Publishing.

References

[1] Features in 80's Birth of Extreme.

Contributors: remus

Quick Info

Nationality: GB
Hardest Trad (Worked): E8
Hardest Trad (Onsight): E7
Social Media

Paul Pritchard is a British rock climber and mountaineer. He was a prominent figure in the 1980s and 1990s, particularly in and around North Wales.

On the 13th February 1998 he suffered a traumatic brain injury while climbing on The Totem Pole in Tasmania which left him with hemiplegia.

Bibliography

(2012). Deep play: Climbing the world’s most dangerous routes (2nd ed.). Vertebrate Publishing.

(2000). The totem pole: Surviving the ultimate adventure. Robinson Publishing.

(2005). The longest climb: Back from the abyss. Constable and Robinson.

(2021). The Mountain Path: A climber’s journey through life and death. Vertebrate Publishing.

References

[1] Features in 80's Birth of Extreme.

Contributors: remus

Podcasts


Pics + Vids

Added at 16:01 on 19 January 2021
Added at 18:12 on 18 December 2020
The 4th Dimension (E7)
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Added at 08:07 on 16 July 2023
Jean (HS)
Added at 10:09 on 15 September 2023
Schittlegrüber (E6, FA)
Added at 15:04 on 28 April 2021
The Enchanted Broccoli Garden (E7, FA)
Added at 15:04 on 28 April 2021
Schittlegrüber (E6, FA)
Added at 15:04 on 28 April 2021
Chewing the Cwd (E5, FA)
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Added at 04:10 on 16 October 2022

Ascents

15 recorded ascents.

This timeline is missing some ascents where the date of the ascent is unknown. Use the other tabs to view these ascents.
Year Climb Grade Style Ascent Date
1986 Come to Mother E7 Lead | onsight 1986
Perimeter Walk E7 Solo | worked 1986
First ascent.
Schittlegrüber E6 Lead | worked 16th Aug 1986
The Enchanted Broccoli Garden E7 Lead | worked 28th Aug 1986
The Super Calabrese E8 Lead | worked 16th Oct 1986
First ascent.

Climbed between 16th october 1986 and 29th jan 1987.

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.149995619790657/149996786457207

1987 I Ran the Bath E7 Lead | worked 27th Apr 1987
Truncheon Meat E6 Lead | worked 20th May 1987
Surgical Lust E7 Lead | worked 27th May 1987
King Wad E6 Lead | worked 18th Jun 1987
The Scoop E7 Alternate Leads | worked Aug 1987
First ascent. With Johnny Dawes.
1988
1989
1990
1991 Rubble E7 Lead | onsight Oct 1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996 The Porphyry Chair 6c+ Lead 19th Jul 1996
First ascent.
1997
1998
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2000
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2021
2022
2023 Jean HS (approx) Lead | worked Sep 2023

Paul's first new route in 26 years!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c_n7B8E6kM

Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
The Porphyry Chair 6c+ Lead 19th Jul 1996
First ascent.
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade
The Super Calabrese E8 Lead | worked 16th Oct 1986
First ascent.

Climbed between 16th october 1986 and 29th jan 1987.

https://www.facebook.com/rockarchivist/photos/a.149995619790657/149996786457207

Come to Mother E7 Lead | onsight 1986
Perimeter Walk E7 Solo | worked 1986
First ascent.
The Enchanted Broccoli Garden E7 Lead | worked 28th Aug 1986
I Ran the Bath E7 Lead | worked 27th Apr 1987
Surgical Lust E7 Lead | worked 27th May 1987
The Scoop E7 Alternate Leads | worked Aug 1987
First ascent. With Johnny Dawes.
Rubble E7 Lead | onsight Oct 1991
The 4th Dimension E7 Lead | did not finish
Schittlegrüber E6 Lead | worked 16th Aug 1986
Truncheon Meat E6 Lead | worked 20th May 1987
King Wad E6 Lead | worked 18th Jun 1987
Chewing the Cwd E5 Lead | ground up
First ascent.

I was drinking whisky in the Padarn Lake Hotel with Gwion Hughes, who I was living with at the time, when suddenly I had a smart idea. ‘I have an excellent new climb to do. Why don’t we go climbing?’ The pair of us swayed and staggered up to the vast Rainbow Slab. The climb I had seen was a long hairline fracture splitting the left side of the slab. And I had the misguided notion to climb it on sight, without pre-inspection from a rope – and a little bit intoxicated. I threw a string of micro-wires, tiny brass-headed nuts, in the seam, without the least regard for my safety. The climbing was really quite difficult and became increasingly so. Nevertheless, I carried on with scant regard for my personal safety. I still remember attempting to pull on a depression into which you could place flat a fifty-pence piece: a strange, white pocket in a sea of blue-grey slate. I studied it for what seemed like an eternity and searched for my next hold. My shoe edges were set on mere ripples in the featureless slab. I began to slip and then accelerated down the slab, taking a twenty-five-metre fall. The rope burned through the lycra behind my knee. I came to a halt inches from the ground. [1]

[1] https://www.instagram.com/p/CjvzOT-Shsf/

Jean HS (approx) Lead | worked Sep 2023

Paul's first new route in 26 years!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9c_n7B8E6kM

Climb Grade Style Ascent Date Suggested Grade