Racing in the Royal National Park

Maximum Adventure’s Paddy Pallin Adventure Race at the Royal National Park, 2017

This weekend saw 2 days of adventure racing through the Royal National Park in Sydney’s South East. The event was a variety of disciplines that saw athletes mountain biking, trail running, orienteering and kayaking through some of the parks fabulous scenery.

This was round 3 of Paddy Pallin‘s Adventure Series. The first one for the series was Cam’s Wharf near Newcastle then it went up to Queensland for round 2 and the 4th and final round will be in the lower Blue Mountains  later in the year.

Both days started off chilly down by the edge of the Hacking river but as the sun broke through things warmed up a bit. Sunday was a fantastic day for racing and being out and about. Saturday remained a bit cloudy but was fantastic light for photography.

Here’s a few highlights from the race.

The full gallery can be found on our website here where you can buy your images if you raced.

The results can be found over on Maximum Adventure’s website here.

Paddy Pallin’s Adventure Race, Cam’s Wharf

Paddy Pallin’s Adventure Race, round 1, Cam’s Wharf, 2017

What a scorcher. The summer heat continues. This time the sun beat down on the first round of Maximum Adventure’s Paddy Pallin Adventure race at Cam’s Wharf. We took a small team up with us to cover the action.

With a heatwave in full swing the thought on everyone’s mind was how hot it might get through the day, so in order to try and avoid the worst of the heat the event was brought forward an hour.

With a change of course it was mostly an all new track and for us all new angles with which to shoot from. We had scouted part of the track for the Great Adventure Challenge previously. Instead of heading out towards the coast near Catherine Hill Bay the race headed south around the southern end of Lake Macquarie to Gwandalan. This time there were 2 kayak legs this time which offered a chance to get out into the breeze that was blowing across the water.

The full gallery of images can be found on our site here. Full results can be found on Maximum Adventure’s site here. While you are there sign up for the next race in Sydney at the Royal National Park and we shall see you there

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Paddy Pallin’s Urban Adventure


One of the more unique events on the Outer Image calendar is Paddy Pallin’s Urban Adventure race. It’s an adventure race that takes place through the heart of Sydney. Competitors race around the CBD and surrounding suburbs doing various events and challenges. collecting points.

The events and challenges vary greatly and are most unlike what you would expect to find at an adventure race. They included Lego Building,  indoor climbing at Sydney University, slot car racing where competitors had to complete 3 laps of a circuit in under 25 seconds, Painting a portrait with your foot, frisbee golf at Centenial Park, a short sack race, dance lessons where it was all about the style and even price check shopping in the Paddy Pallin store in the city. A little bit of something for everyone.

The race attracts all types of people from some serious racers out for a day of fun to families with small children taking on their first adventure race. It’s definitely one to keep an eye out for next year especially if you would like to dip your toes into the world of adventure racing even if it is an adventure race with a difference.

Check out the full gallery of urban adventure images here.

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Mountain Adventure


As adventure-sports photographers we get to be a part of so many great events and over last weekend we got to add another one to our growing list, the Kathmandu Adventure Series held in the Blue Mountains national park.  The event run by Maximum Adventure is not our first of this style but the location at Euroka Clearing, just a few minutes away from Glenbrook NSW is new for us.  Great location, great event and great weekend.  Richard and I arrived Friday to scout some of the course and then got to enjoy minus degree Celsius temperatures and with what appeared to be some sleet.   Top this off with some new lookouts for us to gaze out from atop during sunset and sunrise made a top weekend and the event had not even started yet.

The event kicked off the next morning with a bang as competitors raced out in every possible direction from the start line picking up orienteering check points as they ran.  Trying to photograph this chaotic charge of energized adventurers trying to warm up limbs in the cold is no easy feat.  You cannot plan where they will go, attempts to do so proved fruitless, and if you sit and wait they seem to all arrive at your chosen vantage point at once creating a busy frame.  Things after that proved a little less challenging as they headed out on mountain bike and foot along single tracks to reach the further ends of the course.  From here they either paddled their kayak or took up another run leg along some cool gullies with fresh running water bubbling away in the background.

One thing I witnessed was the chatter and relaxed, fun attitude people were having out on the course.  Of course there were many focused on the win, a personal-best or simply beating their mates which is great to see but what followed really showed what these events are all about, getting outdoors.  This was evident that evening sitting upon Nepean river lookout, laughing at jokes about the days event while cooking dinner that night, its not the end result and winning that matters its the journey and the experiences getting there and appreciating them while there.

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Until next event, enjoy.

Gil – Richard.


Kathmandu Adventure Race, Royal National Park


Once again Maximum Adventure has put on a great day out in the form of Kathmandu’s Adventure Race in the Royal National Park just to the south of Sydney. The three day event attracted close to 1,000 racers making it the largest turn out for their adventure race series so far. Two different courses were used due to wet weather. Gil and I were there to cover the goings-on of the second weekend and luckily the weather shone bright over that couple of days.

 The race covered 5 different disciplines which included trail running, mountain biking, kayaking, orienteering and rowing. Judging by some of the antics happening out on the river the rowing was was one of the competitors favourites. I don’t think I have ever seen anyone row a rowboat backwards up a river before, quite humorous indeed.

 A big congratulations has to go out Maximum Adventure and Kathmandu for putting on such a great race and to all the competitors for making it a such a memorable weekend.

Below is a small sample of images from the race. The full set from both days can be found in the galleries here.