Leo Houlding Audio Interview: The Prophet

© Tom Evans, El Cap Report
Leo Houlding free climbing the 'A1 Beauty' - high on The Prophet, El Capitan  © Tom Evans, El Cap Report
Leo Houlding free climbing the 'A1 Beauty' - high on The Prophet, El Capitan
© Tom Evans, El Cap Report

Leo Houlding is now back in the UK after his successful ascent of his new route The Prophet on El Capitan.

Houlding, partnered by Jason Pickles, managed to free climb the last remaining hard pitch (A1 Beauty) on his last day in the valley before a frantic flight home to give a lecture tour.

Alastair Lee, cameraman and film-maker who filmed Leo on the route, stated a grade for The Prophet in the UKC Forums:

E9 6b,6b,6a,6b,6c,6c,6b,6c,7a,6a,7a,6b,6c
550m, 1800 ft

In this Audio interview, given on the 31st of October at the Buxton Opera House, Houlding talks to former BBC Radio producer Lissa Cook.


Leo Houlding is sponsored by Berghaus , DMM , Adidas Eyewear , Five Ten

Alastair Lee's film The Prophet covering Leo's attempts to free the route will premier at the Kendal Mountain Festival 2010.

Berghaus are presenting the The Adventure Tour Autumn/Winter 2010 featuring Leo Houlding & Mick Fowler

Thanks to Heason Events for this Audio Interview

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2 Nov, 2010
Any snippets of video to go with the clip?? Love to see what the dyno looks like.
2 Nov, 2010
Thought I would share this feedback that was sent from a caver after Leo's lecture on Sunday in Buxton: Just a quick note to mention that, after a small amount of reservation, a few of us underground dwellers were at the Opera House last night, seeing what the upstairs lot get up to. We all really enjoyed it! Leo is a good speaker and obviously a good enough climber to give such a strong talk, and we all came out of it with just a little bit more respect for climbers...! Have to say that the 5 minute raw video of him climbing the crack on The Prophet was intense, much more dramatic than any of the adrenaline-filled, flashy trailers!
2 Nov, 2010
I think Al Lee will be releasing some footage soon. However he's currently en route to Banff for the film festival this weekend.
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