Paddle for Pedder 2020

Saturday 29th February to Sunday 1st March

Leap into an adventure in restoration on Saturday 29 February to Sunday 1 March 2020 with the 2020 Paddle for Pedder.  This will be an incredibly special moment in time to bring together a new generation of adventurers with the Pedder Guardians in the Southwest wilderness.  Come and join Bob Brown, Christine Milne, Paul Thomas, Dick Friends and with our expedition team Andy Szollosi and Dan Broun. Book your ticket now:

Saturday 29 February – Our Paddle for Pedder community will come together at 5:30pm at Huon Campgrounds for a communal dinner prepared by vegan chef extraordinaire Lisa Searle followed by fireside stories to share the journey of Pedder. Bring along your tent, musical instruments and eating implements to share in this magical moment.  Do feel free to come and set up your tent earlier and you can spend the day hiking or anyway you like.

Sunday 1 March – choose one of three events suited to all abilities and ages:

  • The 25km Paddle: meet at 7am at Scotts Peaks Dam. This stunning paddle is 12.5kms out and 12.5kms back, passing through Mount Solitary and Terminal Peak, to above the original Lake Pedder beach where we will raise the Restore Pedder banner. You need to arrange your own expedition kayak, safety and warm gear. Estimated return time to Scotts Peak Dam is between 3 to 5pm.
  • The 8km Paddle: meet at 7:30am at Scotts Peak Dam. This event will be a leisurely paddle aiming for Scotts Peak. We will be grouping people into teams of 4 to 5 based on ability. The teams will go at their own pace and the group can turn around or do a shorter distance if preferred. BYO kayak or raft, safety and warm gear. Estimated return time to Scotts Peak Dam is noon. 
  • Restore Pedder Walk and Talk: meet at 10:30am at Pedder Wilderness Lodge. Meet our ecologists Dr. Anita Wild and LPR Co-Convenors Todd Dudley and Christine Milne at the Pedder Wilderness Lodge at 10:30am for morning tea (approx 2 hour drive from Scotts Peak Dam or 2.5 hours from Hobart). Anita, Todd and Christine will take you on a gentle walk to show the existing restoration at Strathgordon and then more discussion about the principles, practices and ethics associated with ecological restoration at the Pedder Lodge where we will have lunch and finish by 3pm to allow time to drive back to Hobart in daylight hours.  If you are not able to join the walking part of this day, there will still be plenty of discussion at lunch at the lodge.

Note, weather in the Southwest Wilderness is highly variable. You are responsible for being prepared for all seasons and all conditions. The event will not proceed in unfavourable conditions. Updates will be sent by the expedition team on Wednesday 26 Feb.