Paddy Pallin Cross Country Classic 1965

For nearly 90 years the name Paddy Pallin has been synonymous with high-quality, light-weight gear for walking, camping, climbing and skiing. Paddy also established one of our toughest cross-country ski races in 1965. But who knew that Paddy only started skiing at the age of 54, subsequently made the rugged Kiandra to Kosciuszko winter crossing three times (the last at age 76)?
Kiandra to Kosciuszko crossing made by Schlink and his party in 1927 had always intrigued him and in 1957 Paddy and YHA friends skied from Guthega Power Station to Kiandra, staying in mountain huts along the way. He was thus inspired to establish the Paddy Pallin Cross Country Ski Classic in 1965.

Read Paddy’s account here of the first Paddy Pallin Cross Country Classic in 1965.