Born on July 28, 1980. British Himalayan climber who is considered to be the fastest climber in the history of this sport.
Leo Houlding showed his mastery in Yosemite. An extremely brave and spectacular achievement, and probably his most famous one, is setting, together with Jason Pickle, a new free route on El Capitan. In October 2010, after a long battle (Leo made his first attempt in 2001), the famous line The Prophet (5.13d R, 600 m) was established. The link to the trailer of “The Prophet” movie
However, Houlding had already visited Yosemite a few years earlier. In 1998, 18-year-old Leo, together with Patrick Hammond, made the ascent of El Nino (VI 5.13c/8a+). In 2005 he was close to onsight Free Rider (5.12d). Only one pitch was left… In 2006 with Dean Potter he made the first repetition (after 18 years!) of Southern Belle (V 5.12d) on the south face of Half Dome. Two years later, with Sean Leary, he sent in 22.5 hours a chain route including two classic climbs – Freerider on El Capitan and Regular Route VI 5.12 on Half Dome.
The Patagonian accent, on the other hand, is the first free ascent, in 2005 with Kevin Thaw, of the North Pillar (ED, 6c/A2) of Fitzroy.
Houlding has also had an episode in the highest mountains. He was involved in the production of “The Wildest Dream” and while shooting the scenes for the film he climbed Everest in 2007.
In 2018, Leo Houlding, together with Jean Burgun and Mark Sedon, set off on an expedition to reach the most distant peak of the Earth – the Spectre (Antarctica). They travelled 2,000 kilometres without external support, using snow kites.
Leo will show a film from his latest expedition and a specially prepared presentation. You can read more here: http://spectreexpedition.com/