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EXCLUSIVE! Leo Houlding Ulvetanna interview

EXCLUSIVE! Leo Houlding Ulvetanna interview

With the premiere of ‘The Last Great Climb’ this week, Leo Houlding and Alastair Lee have – in Doug Scott’s words – “taken climbing films to a whole new level”. We spoke to Houlding over the summer about the incredible logistics and skill required to not only climb the fearsome north east ridge of Ulvetanna, but to film the whole adventure as well. This, the resulting interview, is a fascinating insight into the planning and execution of one of the most daring and ambitious expeditions ever attempted, led by a climber/adventurer at the peak of his powers. The Last Great Climb … Read more »

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Interview: Conrad Anker

Interview: Conrad Anker

Was George Mallory the first man to summit Everest? Mountaineer Conrad Anker talks to Bethan Williams about how he retraced Mallory’s fateful 1924 climb in a quest for answers… In 1999 renowned American mountaineer Conrad Anker made a discovery that reverberated around the globe. High in Mount Everest’s ‘death zone’ he found the body of George Mallory – 75 years after the British explorer vanished while attempting to be the first man to summit the world’s tallest peak. Conrad Anker’s life has since became intertwined with Mallory’s story (the man who famously wanted to bag Everest, “because it’s there”). In 2007 … Read more »

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Interview: Kenton Cool

Interview: Kenton Cool

Having recently achieved his ninth (yup, ninth) summit of Everest, Kenton Cool tells Trek & Mountain how he got to the top of the guiding game, and what the future holds… Having successfully summited Mount Everest for the ninth time last month, Kenton Cool now holds the British world record for the most ascents of the world’s highest mountain. But though he’s best known for his exploits on Everest, Cool has also tackled a number of daunting first ascents across the globe, from the SW ridge of Annapurna III (for which he was nominated for a Piolet D’or) to Mount Hunter’s … Read more »

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Interview: Mick Fowler

Interview: Mick Fowler

The ‘mountaineers’ mountaineer’ Mick Fowler talks to Trek & Mountain about his recent expedition to China’s Tien Shan range and his love of climbing… Over the last 30 years, Mick Fowler has established himself as one of Britain’s foremost climbers and mountaineers, having forged new and bold routes on everything from British sea stacks, chalk cliffs and ice walls to unclimbed lines and first ascents on many peaks in the greater ranges. What’s more, he’s done all of this while holding down a full-time (and very senior) job with HM Revenue & Customs. While his unwillingness to commit to more than … Read more »

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