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Cumbrian climber reaches iconic heights in Canada

Leo is one of Britain's top climbers and among the best in the world Photo: Adrian Samara

A Cumbrian climber has completed a one-day ascent of three huge rock faces in Canada.

37-year-old Leo Holding, who lives in the Lake District, teamed up with Canadian, Will Stanhope, to face the Howser Towers.

The two climbers linked the west faces of the three towers in the Bugaboos, in British Columbia, in 23.5 hours.

The link-up consisted of over 2,000m of vertical and over-vertical climbing.

This is the first time all of the summits have been reached via their west faces by the same team in one day.

The climbers linked the west faces of the three towers in the Bugaboos Credit: Adrian Samara

Houlding and Stanhope began their climb shortly after dawn at 7.00am on 29 August on Central Tower.

They reached the third and final summit with just 30 minutes to spare 6.30am on 30 August.

Credit: Adrian Samara

Now back home in Cumbria, Leo says:

Climbing like that over such distance with a partner like Will was a joy.

Although it was a serious challenge with its fair share of hardship, it was nothing but fun.

It was a bit stressful in the run up to the ascent as I thought we may have set the bar just a bit too far beyond our reach.

However, as it turned out and in no small part thanks to Will’s incredible talent, we pulled it off.

It was the ultimate challenge, so hard we nearly didn’t we do it, but on the last day of the trip we managed with just minutes to spare!”

– Leo Houlding, British Rock Climber
Credit: Adrian Samara

Leo is now preparing for his next expedition.

Sponsored by Berghaus, he plans to lead a three-man international team on an 70-day, 2000km trans-continental journey.

It involves climbing the 750m south buttress of a peak called the Spectre in the Gothic Mountains, Antarctica.

The team are set to leave the UK in early November.

Credit: Adrian Samara