Leo Houlding to Free Climb Mount Roraima

Leo Houlding has arrived in Guyana to fulfil a boyhood dream, to free climb the prow of Mount Roraima. The 2,810m flat-topped mountain has a 31-square-kilometre summit, surrounded by cliffs on all sides. Mount Roraima is a tepui (meaning house of the gods in the indigenous Pemon language), a remnant of what was once an extensive sandstone plateau. Houlding is leading a team featuring climbers Anna Taylor and Wilson Cutbirth, as well as “rainforest canopy rigger” Waldo Etherington.

Leo Houlding, 39, is one of Britain’s top climbers. Photo: Berghaus

Houlding is no stranger to unique expeditions. In 2015, he led a five-man team on the first ascent of the northwest face of Greenland’s Mirror Wall. Two years later, he and two companions kite skied to Antarctica’s Gothic Mountains.

His Mount Roraima expedition will take a month and open a new route up a 600m stretch of the mountain’s prow. This big wall climb comes with a host of logistical difficulties. Houlding’s team airdropped almost a ton of gear into the jungle last week. Now, led by local guides, they are trekking toward the base of the mountain and will recover their equipment along the way.

Martin Walsh is a writer and editor for ExplorersWeb.

Martin has been writing about adventure travel and exploration for over five years.

Martin spent most of the last 15 years backpacking the world on a shoestring budget. Whether it was hitchhiking through Syria, getting strangled in Kyrgyzstan, touring Cambodia’s medical facilities with an exceedingly painful giant venomous centipede bite, chewing khat in Ethiopia, or narrowly avoiding various toilet-related accidents in rural China, so far, Martin has just about survived his decision making.

Based in Da Lat, Vietnam, Martin can be found out in the jungle trying to avoid leeches while chasing monkeys.

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Tadeu Graciolli
Tadeu Graciolli
2 years ago

Could you say Mount Roraima location? Thanks