Cumbrian climber tells of 'brutal conditions' on Antarctica mission
Last updated at 12:26, Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Climber Leo Houlding has spoken for the first time about his conquest of one of Antarctica’s toughest peaks.
Mr Houlding reached the summit of Ulvetanna, last Wednesday.
He and his team took a new route to the top, which is 9,613ft above sea level.
Mr Houlding, 32, from Bolton, near Appleby, said: “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.”
He had planned to base jump from the summit but had to abandon this idea because of a strong wind.
Mr Houlding added: “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.”
Ulvetanna, which means ‘wolf’s tooth’ in Norwegian, is one of the most technically demanding of the peaks on the continent.
“We have just completed the first ascent of one of the world’s last great climbs and are all suitably psyched,” Mr Holding said.
“A decade of dreaming, a year of planning, a month on the ice, and a week on the wall and we have done it.”
Expedition blogs are at sponsor Berghaus’ website www.berghaus.com.
First published at 11:34, Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
- Should firms support Labour's minimum wage plans?
- Cumbrian businesses refute office space claims
- New Balance Cumbria is 'factory of the future'
- The £7 million semi-detached home in Carlisle?
- Carlisle Living Awards: winners revealed
- Movers and shakers in the Cumbrian business world
- Chef to hold masterclasses for food business start-ups
- Foreign visitors to Lake District on the rise
- Cumbrian village digs its own broadband network
- Story Homes submits plan for 190 houses in north Carlisle (46 comments)
- Record occupancy for Cumbria hotel
- New map shows details of proposed power lines route across Cumbria (10 comments)
- SMEs lose out in council spending
- Stobart Group upbeat about latest results
BBC News business headlines
- Wedding planning duo have ring of confidence
- Benefits of wind power
- Good things come in threes for top accountants
- Apprentice schemes prove popular with school leavers
- Perfect chance to make your leadership dreams come true
- Glenn and Julie had the bottle to go it alone with plastics firm
- Dedication looks set to pay off for an ‘inspirational’ young apprentice
- Pupils compete for chance to quiz companies
- Businesswoman in line for top award
- Mules proved to be just champion at Gimmer lambs annual sale
- Ulverston man, 81, who fell through roof is "very lucky to be alive" - say family
- Cumbria road closure after collision
- Tributes paid to 'one-of-a-kind' Carlisle dad
- Ulverston supermarket row set for legal showdown in court
- Road closed after one-car crash
- Road closed after car accident
- Barrow pet owner’s heartbreak after beloved cat is killed
- HGV and driving instructor's car collide on busy Carlisle road
- Woman, 70, hurt as Stagecoach bus crashes into cars and building
- Time running out in battle to save Cumbria bus services