PROFILE : Leo Houlding
Lecture: Autana - The Yopo Wall
Leo Houlding is one of the top adventurer's in the world. Starting out as a climber (he climbed the Old Man of Hoy aged 10), he has extended his repertoire to include alpinism, big wall climbing and BASE-jumping.
In January this year, accompanied by renowned film maker Alastair Lee and a crew of big wall free veterans, Leo led an expedition to the remote tepui Cerro Autana, deep in the Venezuelan jungle.
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Searching for an adventure to match The Asgard Project, the team was not disappointed by what the Venezuelan jungle served up. The delights of encounters with tribal Indians, soaring virgin walls and immaculate overhanging quartzite contrasted with the torments of torrential rain, swarms of wasps, snakes, scorpions and tarantulas. Not forgetting the demons introduced by the Piaroan Shaman and his magical Yopo pipe...