High-flying climber Leo recounts his adventures

Adventurer Leo Houlding, considered one of the all-time best speed climbers, will be giving Sheffield a taste of life on the edge when he brings his lecture show, Amazon to Antarctica, to the city next week.

A climbing prodigy who scaled the Old Man of Hoy at just 10 years old and became the British Junior Indoor Climbing Champion at 16, the now 31-year-old has climbed the most difficult and highest mountains in the world.

The subject of My Right Foot documentary as part of BBC Television’s Extreme Lives in 2003, Leo went on to appear in Top Gear, speed-climbing Verdon Gorge, beating Jeremy Clarkson in his Audi RS4 to the top.

In 2008, Leo presented Take Me to the Edge for Virgin 1 and appeared in the 2010 film The Wildest Dream, retracing the steps of Mallory and Irvine’s early attempt to scale Everest.

In search of ever greater adventure, last year Leo journeyed deep into the Amazon jungle and to the centre of the Antarctic wilderness.

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 -40, hurricane force winds and a remoteness unlike anywhere else on Earth. Leo successfully completed the first ascent of the remarkable mile long NE ridge in January, his most desperate challenge to date

Leo, who used to live in Hathersage before relocating to Cumbria, will be recounting the experience, illustrated with world-class photography and film-footage shot by Alastair Lee, at the University of Sheffield Student’s Union on Thursday, November 7.