/ NEWS: PHOTOS: Ulvetanna Expedition - Leo Houlding
Great stuff - looks stunning and I'm sure it required huge amounts of mental and physical endurance.
Anyone know if they climbed this free on trad gear, and any tentative grades given?
Looks incredible. I wonder how much it would cost to kind of cut this thing off at the bottom and transport it to Scotland somewhere. Plonking it down just outside Livingston would be pretty good for accessability.
I'm shocked at them climbing this as a rock climb. I think most parties would have been mixed climbing at those temps.
Thats a truly inspiring line.
Absolutely stunning, what an effort! Looking forward to seeing more about this.
Great achievement and astounding area. I suspect the 'view from the summit' pic is actually from an aeroplane - isn't the peak in the far distance?
> I suspect the 'view from the summit' pic is actually from an aeroplane - isn't the peak in the far distance?
Yes, just a smidge right of centre. The broad wall down in the right foreground is Holtanna, location of a Huberbaum ridge route, and some others. A direct route up this face is probably the area's Last Great Climb. Hang on a minute, that sounds familiar...
Great job these guys. Major line, hard climbing, day-glo pants. What's not to love? :-)
Absolutely stunning and inspiring in equal measure, good to see what well funded trips can achieve. Well done to all involved
But still amazing climbing and great determination.
F**king incredible stuff.
Looks tremendously beautiful too.
the Hubers have done Ulvetanna too?!
Yeah, but you would call it either A2 _or_ C2, not both.
Maybe some pitches involved A2 and some others C2?
Looks amazing. I, perhaps wrongly, get the impression that Houlding isn't held in such high regard as... I can't think of the term, climbers who haven't been on Top Gear? Whatever, I don't think you can argue with this, stunning pictures, inspiring.
I think you'll find Leo is held in pretty high regard! Certainly no-one has said anything to suggest otherwise?
I'm probably not phrasing it right, I mean I got the impression he is seen as more of an 'adventurer' who is really good at climbing, as opposed to someone like Johnny Dawes who is an out and out rock climber. Anyway, doesn't matter, I'll buy the dvd for this. :-)
> I got the impression he is seen as more of an 'adventurer' who is really good at climbing.
You are making the same mistake that people used to make about Bonnington.
We discussed this at length last year when the "Asgard apology" was quietly published in the back of Climb, but considering Leo and others on the current team in Antarctica faced criminal charges in Canada for their illegal base jump off Asgard, this was something of a non-story in the UK outdoor media. Maybe not actively hushed up, but they were given a very easy ride, mainly by simply nobody reporting their legal issues with the Canadian govt., which makes me think he is looked on rather fondly here.
Wish they'd spend some money on calibrating their colour pallets though. Imagine what Keswick Market Place is gonna look like next winter!
Congrats to Leo and to the whole great team - Jason Pickles, Chris Rabone, David Reeves, Sean Leary, Alastair Lee!!
All good stuff!
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