Leo Houlding talks about the Dawn Wall ascent on El Capitan


For those of you who are climbers I’m sure you are aware of the buzz going on at the moment in Yosemite National Park. Just yesterday two climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson changed history as they successfully free climbed the Dawn Wall on El Cap, a 900m (3 x the height of The Shard) slab of granite with holds as small as matchsticks. The climb is regarded as one of the hardest in the world taking the duo 18 days to complete.


Berghaus athlete and top UK climber Leo Houlding has been asked to give his view on the climb having sent El Cap himself back in 2010 via a different route.


“The holds are quite literally matchsticks on a vertical face” says Leo Houlding.


“Your main point of contact when you are climbing is the tips of your fingers and obviously hanging on to tiny holds with all your bodyweight, and all the power you can create, starts to shred your fingertips”


“After a week you have very little skin left”


Leo can also be seen here on the BBC giving his view on the climb, for more news and updates follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


He also features in other national press news articles:


The Independent




The Telegraph