Paddy Pallin is excited to be re-joining the Hobart community that makes up one of Australia’s largest adventure hubs. Whether it’s for hiking and camping, endurance running, kayaking and rafting, mountain adventure, or for some of the best bushwalking in Australia – adventure seekers from all over Australia and beyond flock to Tasmania for their trekking and adventure holidays. We recently hosted roughly 150 attendees at our Grand Opening Launch Party in the new space. We heard from Jenny Weber from the Bob Brown Foundation who is working closely with Patagonia to protect takayna, Tasmania’s precious rainforest, enjoyed local food and beverages, hosted a piping hot KOOEE! jerky eating contest, raffled off a number of awesome prizes, and heard from Andy, the expedition leader of “Winter on the Blade”, with an extended screening of the film that toured in this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival.

As a world renowned adventure destination, home to an incredible outdoor community, we couldn’t think of a better place to set up shop (again!).

Paddy Pallin staff from around Australia (and New Zealand) made their way down to Tassie for the celebration. The night began with getting acquainted with the beautiful new space, and setting up to host, feed, and entertain the crowd.

 

The doors opened and the outdoor enthusiasts flooded in to make for a full house! The first 60 guests were given a jam packed gift back including an Osprey duffel bag, Rab camping mug, Back Country Cuisine dessert, KOOEE beef jerky and more!  With an excited crowd queuing around the corner, both attendees and passers by were eager to see the space (that was recently rubble inside) come to life!

Experienced staff greeting attendees at the door

 

One of the highlight features of the new space is the upstairs area designed to host, display, and set up a range of equipment, most notably sleeping bags and tents. All customers are welcomed to come in and speak to our friendly staff, set up the equipment and test it out in this area. You’ll never leave Paddy’s wondering how your sleeping mats fit into your tent, wondering how much space you’ve got in your gear shed or whether or not your tent has enough room for you.  Next time you’re in, ask one of the staff how quickly they can set up an MSR Hubba Hubba, Nemo Hornet or Mont Moondance! You’ll also find some historic Paddymade gear in this area – highlighting how far we’ve come in terms of lightweight gear. Since 1930, Paddy Pallin has been committed to providing lightweight to enable and inspire Australian adventure seekers to get outside and explore both nationally and worldwide. Pitched in the shop you’ll find the Paddymade  Golden Tan Tent with no floor, and pictured at Mt Anne in 1961. Head upstairs next time you’re in the shop for a trip down memory lane – we’re proud of our history and keen to share it with our customers!

 

After finding a seat and mingling among the vibrant Hobart adventure enthusiasts, guests were watered and fed with fine local goodies from Liv-Eat and cold beers and ciders from Shambles Brewery that’s within walking distance of the new location. Paddy Pallin is excited to set its roots in this community, and support local  businesses whenever possible.

 

The night’s agenda kicked off and guests were asked to find their seat and settle in for the first presentation – but not without looking on their seat, where they would find an exclusive discount voucher for their next shop at Paddy Pallin. We anticipate these will be put to good use, the evening’s presentation was adventurously inspirational for us all, and could be the catalyst to gear up and plan the next expedition!

 

Honing in on Paddy’s pillars of conservation, we were thrilled to host Jenny Weber from the Bob Brown Foundation, and felt lucky to hear her share words on their ongoing efforts to protect Tasmania’s northwest region and Australia’s largest temperate rainforest: takayna. Jenny works passionately as the World Heritage Campaign Manager for the Bob Brown Foundation and was able to communicate and cement the importance of this natural landscape. It is importantly the second largest expanse of cool temperate rainforest in the world. Jenny touched on her involvement with the Bob Brown Foundation, and their raging fight to have World Heritage Protection for the Tarkine Rainforest. The Tarkine region is currently under threat and risks being destroyed at the mercy of extraction industries including mining and logging. Their efforts focused on educating stakeholders, including the Australian and international community, and prompting them to take a stand in various ways including signing the petition.

Jenny Weber showing the audience the picture book, takayna, that they created in collaboration with Patagonia.

Jenny sharing her recent experiences and future plans relating to takayna with Paddy Pallin staff!

The tools they used to project their message include a film that was screened all over the country as well as around the globe. The film unpacks the complexities of modern conservation and challenges us to consider the importance of our last truly wild places. This was complemented by a Children’s picture book that they brought to life in conjunction with Patagonia. This book can be found in a wide range of schools spanning Australia.

A few things you should know about the takayna / Tarkine:

  • The Tarkine encompasses over 180,000 hectares of rainforest (the Tarkine totals close to 500,000 hectares)
  • takayna is home to some of the most ancient species of Australia’s flora
  • Many of the Tarkine’s trees evolved from ancestors dating back to over 60 million years ago when the southern continents were joined together as a landmass called Gondwana. Some of these trees are Leatherwood, Celery-top Pine, Sassafras, Huon Pine and Myrtle. As such, the Tarkine rainforest is perhaps one of the richest natural carbon sinks in Australia, holding over a staggering 100 million tonnes of carbon – a highly valuable asset in today’s world of climate change.
  • takayna / Tarkine region of northwestern Tasmania is home to one of the last undisturbed tracts of Gondwanan rainforest in the world
  • it is home to one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere
Sourced from Patagonia and Discover the Tarkine. 

The crowd was entirely consumed by Jenny’s presentation, with a number of hoots and hollers from the audience that was filled with passionate conservationists in agreement with her words. Jenny raffled off a $300 Patagonia gift card for one lucky winner to conclude her presentation.

 

Learn more about takayna, watch the film, and sign the petition HERE.

 

We then looked to the crowd for our brave volunteers who signed up for the Flaming Hot Jerky Eating Contest that was made possible thanks to our friends at KOOEE! Their ‘Vulcan’s Revenge’ Fire Jerky that was specially made for the event boasted a hand written label that read “eat at own risk’…. which spoke to it’s authenticity AND it’s powerful heat. Four heroic Paddy Pallin community members stepped up to the challenge, most likely because of the $100 Paddy Pallin gift card up for grabs. However, we like to think it was for the delicious Vulcan’s Revenge Fire flavour. We had one lucky winner, with a very red face, a tongue on fire and a $100 voucher in hand! The runners up were soothed with fruit juice in their new Paddy Pallin branded Nalgene water bottles.

 

Next, the crowd eagerly scrounged for their raffle tickets they were given at the door, finding them in backpacks, pockets, gift bags, on the floor and on their seats. With a $500 dollar The North Face gift voucher, Matt neck scarves, Patagonia books, Nalgene water bottles, and Arc’teryx goods up for grabs, no one wanted to be missing their lucky chance!

We wrapped up the night with Andy, one of our enthusiastic and experienced Hobart staff, giving a special presentation before the exclusive extended screening of his film, Winter on the Blade. His story follows his team of advanced adventure seekers as they ascend the most aesthetic line on ‘Australia’s only real mountain’ (Sir Edmund Hillary said), Federation Peak. In addition to the daunting nature of this experience, they would pursue this expedition in winter. Andy was the mind behind this crazy idea, and his passion and perseverance as Expedition Leader not only fostered the experience of a lifetime, but also an opportunity to produce a gripping and hilarious film that would go on to be featured in this year’s Banff Film Festival. Their project was funded by the Bob Brown Foundation, as they were inspired by the idea and encouraged the documentary as a vehicle to showcase the natural beauty worth protecting that exists in the wilderness of South West Tasmania. Turns out, Bob Brown’s first bushwalk in Tasmania was to Federation Peak, and this very terrain was the catalyst to a lifetime of conservation efforts striving to protect Tassie’s precious wilderness.

Watch the full film and learn more about the expedition here: 

Federation Peak was monumental in the adventure and conservation journeys of many people, including our very own Paddy Pallin.  In 1958 he initiated a trip to the little walked Federation Peak in Tasmania with the well known Tasmania bushwalker Jack Thwaites. Pictures recovered from the two week expedition and diary notes from Jack give us an amazing insight into the rigours of this trip, illustrating just how far lightweight and high tech hiking gear has come since the inception of Paddymade Industries (now known as Paddy Pallin stores) in 1930. Read more, including fascinating historic photos, on Paddy’s experience exploring Federation Peak and surrounds here. With access to lightweight, environmentally friendly gear, we have the opportunity to be low to no impact on our environments. With lightweight equipment and access to resources to conveniently leave no trace while hiking and adventuring, there are no excuses when it comes to taking care of the places we love. We often reflect, when looking at these historic photos of adventurers in generations past hauling mountains of gear in comparison our modern base weights, that there should never be an excuse for not cleaning up after ourselves, and cleaning up after others, too!

Moreover, some of our attendees has inspirational adventure stories of their own. A couple attending the event were proud to share their recollection of their personal journey to Federation Peak in 1951. Turns out, they had used the Paddy Pallin packs to carry their gear along the way – the same models that we have on display in the Hobart store! This kind of community, these stories, and this overarching desire to adventure is the foundation on which Paddy Pallin was built and continues to grow and thrive from today.

The same packs they used in 1951!

 

We thank all of our guests for their attendance, and look forward to hosting more events in this space in the coming future. Stay tuned for more information on our Hobart store, staff team, and surrounding outdoor adventure activities. We’re excited to set our roots on Elizabeth St and be part of the sprawling community of outdoor enthusiasts in Hobart.

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Some 80 years ago, a young bushwalker's dissatisfaction with the limited and heavy bushwalking equipment available prompted him to design and make his own. Before long, word spread, and Paddy Pallin's lightweight, functional designs were soon in demand among fellow bushwalkers. From its early days the company has concentrated on supplying bushwalkers, travellers and adventurers with the highest quality and most advanced products and knowledge. Since 1930 the company has grown to become Australia's leading supplier of specialist outdoor and travel gear. The company, still owned by the Pallin family, now has thirteen stores throughout Australia as well as online, mail order and corporate sales divisions. We are using our vast wealth of knowledge, and experience, to build an online community where we can share our stories, reviews and tech tips to help you research and plan your next adventure.

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