/ PRESS RELEASE: Leo Houlding and team climb new route on the prow of Roraima
"This is the first time a route has gone fully free on one of these major expeditions."
Whatever can that be intended to mean?
He means on one of his big wall trips, Asgard, mirror wall etc etc
With time running out before they were due to leave the country, and despite the weather taking another turn for the worse, the team finally completed the full route and also succeeded in getting locals Edward and Troy to the top, the first Amerindians to stand on the summit of Roraima.
I'm not sure how common this is with expeditions, but I personally find this almost as interesting as the route. Those guys will presumably bring back a load of new experience into their communities, and who knows what the ripple effects of this could be.
With due apology for any imprecision in my recollection, it would be interesting to learn whether the more exotic elements of arachnid fashion have moved on at all in the 45-odd years since the 'aggressive spiders in red underpants' so graphically described by Hamish MacInnes.
> He means on one of his big wall trips, Asgard, mirror wall etc etc
Fair enough. From the way it was written, it was far from clear that it was referring to only Leo's trips, and even then I'm very surprised because he's had so much success on trips that presumably aren't counted among his 'major expeditions'. Good on him and the rest of the team for getting this one all free.
Good report, thanks. But "poisonous snakes, tarantulas and scorpions"??! And there was me thinking that Avon was exciting.....
No photos of the feature itself?
> No photos of the feature itself?
There are some photos [one of the feature] here:
I thought it read a as pop at previous tepui expeditions/trips but maybe not.
It's not quite the Arran/Backshall/Calderon dream team though ........
Thanks for that. Great photos!
Fully free, onsight... None of it actually matters.
The best are often the epics or failed attempts.
I've been reading Hamish MacInnes' book of the 1973 expedition. Well worth your time for the endless horrors of the jungle, slime, spiders, snakes, etc.
The end of days! Up is down, black is white and Ondra has fallen off a 7a sport route. Twice. The incident was filmed in Croatia at the climbing area of Istria and it's a shocking watch. Later on in the film, Ondra manages to casually onsight a few 8b+ routes,...