PHOTOS: Ulvetanna Expedition - Leo Houlding

by Jack Geldard - UKC Chief Editor Jan/2013
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Last week we reported the breaking news that Leo Houlding and team had succeeded on their expedition to climb a new route on Ulvetanna in Antarctica.

+Leo climbing on the headwall, 243 kbLeo climbing on the headwall
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus

We now have more details and excellent photos from Berghaus:

British climber and adventurer Leo Houlding has led an international team to success on the first ascent of a major new route on the remarkable Antarctic peak, Ulvetanna (2930m). Widely considered to be the most demanding peak on the harshest continent, the mile long north east ridge of the mountain has been described as one of "the last great climbs". The team included Sean Leary (USA), Jason Pickles (UK), David Reeves (South Africa), Chris Rabone (UK) and award winning film-maker Alastair Lee (UK).

Ulvetanna ("the wolf's tooth" in Norwegian) is the jewel in the crown of the FenrisKjefeten ("the wolf's jaw") range of mountains of Queen Maud Land, eastern Antarctica. After months of preparation, the expedition began in late December, sponsored by British outdoor brand Berghaus.

+The route on Ulvetanna, 174 kbThe route on Ulvetanna
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus

Leo Houlding commented:

"Ulvetanna's fearsome north east ridge allowed us safe passage up and down from her summit, but not without showing a few teeth. We're back in base camp with all our stuff, the weather is great again and we're all loving life.

This landscape of endless white desert and giant rock fangs is totally out of this world. At times in truly brutal conditions, we have all been pushed to our limits. We have taken a beating, but come out on top well, back at the bottom thankfully!

We have just completed the first ascent of one of the world's last great climbs and are all suitably psyched. A decade of dreaming, a year of planning, a month on the ice, and a week on the wall and we have done it. It's a dream come true - nice one boys!"

A detailed account of the team's experiences can be found in the expedition blog.

PHOTOS: Ulvetanna Expedition

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The headwall was overhanging in places
UKC News, Jan 2013
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus
+The north east ridge of Ulvetanna, 162 kbThe north east ridge of Ulvetanna
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus
+Basecamp, with Ulvetanna in the background, 5km away, 104 kbBasecamp, with Ulvetanna in the background, 5km away
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus
+L-R - Alastair Lee, Sean Leary, Chris Rabone, Leo Houlding, Jason Pickles, 231 kbL-R - Alastair Lee, Sean Leary, Chris Rabone, Leo Houlding, Jason Pickles
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus
+Climbing on the headwall leading to the summit, 121 kbClimbing on the headwall leading to the summit
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus
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A small portion of the wall to give an idea of scale
UKC News, Jan 2013
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus
+Alastair Lee's much-anticipated film, The Great Last Climb, 114 kbAlastair Lee's much-anticipated film, The Great Last Climb
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus
+Summit reference photo, 79 kbSummit reference photo
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus
+The team on the summit. Back - Leo (left) and Sean; front - Jason (left), Chris and Alastair, 134 kbThe team on the summit. Back - Leo (left) and Sean; front - Jason (left), Chris and Alastair
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus
+The view of the range, 105 kbThe view of the range
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus
+The weather turned very cold and windy in the final days of the expedition, 219 kbThe weather turned very cold and windy in the final days of the expedition
© Alastair Lee / Berghaus


Leo Houlding is sponsored by DMM and Berghaus

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