Success! First ascent of new Antarctic route

Official Press Release
Below is the official press release to support the news that Leo Houlding has successfully summited Ulvetanna, Antartica.

British climber and adventurer Leo Houlding has led an international team to success on the first ascent of a major new route on the remarkable Antarctic peak, Ulvetanna (2930m). Widely considered to be the most demanding peak on the harshest continent, the mile long north east ridge of the mountain has been described as one of “the last great climbs”. The team included Sean Leary (USA), Jason Pickles (UK), David Reeves (South Africa), Chris Rabone (UK) and award winning film-maker Alastair Lee (UK).

Ulvetanna (“the wolf’s tooth” in Norwegian) is the jewel in the crown of the FenrisKjefeten (“the wolf’s jaw”) range of mountains of Queen Maud Land, eastern Antarctica. After months of preparation, the expedition began in late December, sponsored by British outdoor brand Berghaus.

Leo Houlding commented:

“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.

“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!

“We have just completed the first ascent of one of the world’s last great climbs and are all suitably psyched. A decade of dreaming, a year of planning, a month on the ice, and a week on the wall and we have done it. It’s a dream come true – nice one boys!”

  • Katie Plumb

    Zipedydoodah! Fantastic news. Well done each and every one of you. Looking forward to blockbuster movie! Safe journey home. Katie, Windermere Prep School.

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  • Sarah Walton

    Well done and congratulations. We are all thrilled.
    Westfield Community School

  • Megan gough

    Wow leo as soon as i found out my gace litrally lit up like a light bulb i was astonished!!!! Leo i hope you have a extremly safe jurney home and you are a chapion and i think you all worked tremendous as a team to reach the summit WELL DONE 😀

  • Stewart Leather

    Congratulations! The things you come across online whilst booking a subscription to ‘Trail’ magazine for an outdoor girl who has just started working at the Museum with us. I didn’t know about the expedition but am suitably impressed. What superb images of a truly amazing peak in an equally, jaw-droppingly impressive landscape. The much overused word ‘awesome’ certainly applies. Might have to review ‘Tryfan’ as my favourite peak! Look forward to the lecture tour?

  • Wessaf Mahmood

    hi leo, im one of the school students from matthew moss high school who came to meet you at the chill factore, i am very happy that you have made it to the top of the wolfs tooth and wish you the very best on coming home and for futer follow ups.

  • Gaz Sands

    Well done….
    can’t wait for the download on posingproductions :o)

  • Ken

    Fantastic achievement boys – you have written your names into history

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  • arthur

    welldone leo and team

  • arthur

    im a amazed :0

  • Pete Harrison

    Hi Leo, just got this link. Can’t wait to see Al’s holiday pics of the team and the exped. Not had chance to catch up since you got back to the village. Wish I was out there now instead of Queen’s speech! Speak soon, Pete (PS May have to hide this link from Joe as he will want the DVD NOW!