Closer to the Edge: Climbing to the Ends of the Earth

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Closer to the Edge: Climbing to the Ends of the Earth

Closer to the Edge: Climbing to the Ends of the Earth

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As we sped down the dual carriageway the imposing, recently unveiled Anthony Gormley sculpture the Angel of the North came into view.

he said, attempting to make an ink impression from my granite-ravaged fingertips that left nothing more than a featureless smudge on the page. I bolted back along the wing and slid down the fins like a fireman's pole in seconds, reaching the ground before the cops had made it to the base. Honing his skills as he grew, Leo would travel abroad becoming the first Brit to free climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in the United States at eighteen years of age, which cemented his reputation as a world class climber.

Biography: Leo Houlding is a world-class mountaineer, adventurer, television presenter and popular public speaker. How does he assess risk and judge what level he'll take himself to be successful, and how does he balance this with teaching his own children the lessons he has learnt in some of the world's most dangerous and extreme places.

A condensed and engaging biography of Leo Houlding mixed with breathtaking adventures, a delicate balancing act of danger and pushing the limits. As well as climbing many routes in my trainers, I did some of their hardest bolted routes using trad gear in my climbing shoes, just to prove a point. We loaded a roof box on the Alfa full with beers and a case of fine single malt whisky as gifts for our hosts, which Andy had assured us was valuable currency in the extortionately taxed, oil-rich, socialist state of Norway. On the last morning as we said our goodbyes (snatched between violent fits of vomiting amidst my desperate hangover from the previous night's partying), Rolf, the wildest of their crew, with whom I had most bonded, took me to one side. Honing his skills as he grew, Leo would travel abroad becoming the first Brit to free climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park at 18 years of age, which cemented his reputation as a world class climber.I had just about recovered my self-esteem following my toxic hangover and responded, 'Ha, I'll climb that. With a brief overview of his life, Leo’s brand new show will follow on from his previous tour (The Spectre Expedition, 2019) bringing audiences up to date with his audacious expeditions, including his more recent ascent Mount Roraima, the high, rain forest-engulfed South American plateau which inspired Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World!

This is a very personal, from the heart, memoir of a premier big wall rock climber and members of his expedition team. Read a snippet of Leo Houlding's first book, Closer to the Edge, and find out where you can hear more from Leo himself. The social event of the year for outdoor people takes place across the town from 17th-20th November. I took off my jacket, calmed my breath and, trying to look as relaxed as possible, began to stroll casually towards the Alfa. It was Ivar Erik Tollefsen's coffee-table photobook of the first climbing expedition, one he had led to the astounding other-worldly peaks of Queen Maud Land in the Norwegian sector of Antarctica where he and Caspersen had made the first ascent of the mighty Ulvetanna ('the wolf's fang').One Man's Legacy adds much depth to Tom Patey's character and reputation, enriching our understanding of an already legendary figure in. I was handcuffed, piled into the back of his car, driven to Washington Police Station, literally a mile from Berghaus's head office, and locked up in a cell. One of Great Britain's finest climbers and adventurers, Leo Houlding started out climbing at ten years of age in the Lake District literally learning the ropes tackling the many historic peaks and crags in the area.



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