Opened 6 Nov 2013
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
If modern British adventure has a face, it looks a lot like Leo Houlding. A climbing prodigy who started by scaling the Old Man of Hoy at just ten years old, 31-year-old Leo has climbed the most difficult and highest mountains in the world.
In search of ever greater adventure, 2012 took Leo to the wildest, least accessible and most contrasting corners of Earth - deep into the Amazon jungle and to the centre of the Antarctic wilderness. Cerro Autana is a sacred mountain deep in the Venezuelan jungle. Just to reach the mountain, Leo faced deadly snakes, searing heat, swarms of insects and a terrifying encounter with a shamans blow pipe - a tale Indiana Jones would be proud of. Ulvetanna, "the wolfs tooth" in Norwegian, is a 4500ft cliff situated in Queen Maud Land a remote, rarely visited area of Antarctica. It is the hardest summit to reach on the harshest continent on Earth. Temperatures of minus 40, hurricane force winds and a remoteness unlike anywhere else on Earth. Leo is currently climbing this mountain - his most difficult challenge to date. Leo will be talking about both adventures in this new talk, illustrated with world-class photography and film-footage shot by the multi award winning film-maker Alastair Lee.