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Leo Houlding – Climber, Alpinist and Adventurer

Leo Houlding


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.


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.


Other firsts:

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


Fun facts:

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.


Blog / follow me:

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/