Leo was described by the Telegraph as “one of Britain’s greatest climbers” but we’d go as far to say probably the world and it’s not hard to see why.
Since the age of 10, Leo Houlding has lived a life full of adventure. He pushes himself and his sport to the very limit and explores the world in doing so.
If he isn’t on an adventure, he’s planning his next one, presenting a TV show or starring in a movie…as you do.
The Spectre – 2017-18– Gothic Range, Transarctic Mountains
Years in the making, the Spectre Expedition was Leo’s most extreme expedition to date. Described as “The is most adventurous and hardcore thing I've ever conceived of” Leo wanted to “push the boundaries of 21st century new school exploration in the greatest playground on earth, Antarctica.”
A three-phase 50-day trans-Antarctic journey that would see Leo and his 3-man team man haul and ski kite 1700km across the continent carrying loads of up to 200kg to climb the spectacular Spectre a 750m tall buttress. 1700km and 50 days later Leo Houlding and his team made it back to Union Glacier.
Howser Towers – 2017 – Bugaboos, Canada
Leo Houlding climbed the three Howser Towers at the Bugaboos in Canada in 23 hours and 30 minutes, the first time it’s been done in 1 day.
Mirror Wall – 2015 – Artic Greenland
Led a team of five to complete a first ascent on the North West face of the Mirror Wall in remote Greenland. You can watch the film for free here.
Ulvetanna – 2013 – Queen Maud Land, Antarctica
Leo Houlding and his team claimed the first ascent of the remarkable Antarctic peak, Ulvetanna (2930m) all documented for the film The Last Great Climb.
Mount Everest – 2010 - Nepal
Summited Everest whilst filming The Wildest Dream, a movie depicting the last climb of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine, who famously disappeared close to the summit in 1924.
Cerro Autana – 2012 - The Amazon
The Prophet – 2010 – California, USA
Mount Asgard – 2009 – Baffin Island, Canada
Mount Huashan – 2009 – China
El Capitan and Half Dome in a day – 2008 – California, USA (this usually takes at least 1 week!!)
Fitzroy’s Casarotto Pillar in alpine style – 2005 – Patagonia, South America
First Briton to free climb El Nino, El Capitan – 2001 - California, USA
Leo appeared on an episode of BBC’s Top Gear where he famously raced Jeremy Clarkson up the Verdon Gorge. Jeremy drove and Leo climbed. Leo won – naturally.
You can follow Leo on social media and find out more about his adventures on his blog.
FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/leo.houlding
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/LeoHoulding
INSTAGRAM - https://www.instagram.com/leo_houlding/
BLOG - http://www.leohoulding.com/