UK climber, alpinist and adventurer Leo Houlding is well known for pushing the limits of what’s possible. Having conquered mountains and peaks across the world, Leo’s latest expedition aimed to rewrite the rules of Transantarctic exploration.The expedition brought Leo together with Jean Burgun, a French climber, and Mark Sedon, a Kiwi cameraman, to take on Spectre, one of the most remote peaks in the world. The mission’s three-phase trip broke new ground, with the team climbing a new route on the north face of the mountain and completing the trans-continental journey to the Gothic Range of the Transantarctic Mountains using traditional man-hauling techniques and modern snow-kiting technology.
Saturday March 30th
The Dawn Wall
Josh Lowell, Peter Mortimer
In January, 2015, American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson captivated the world with their effort to climb The Dawn Wall, a seemingly impossible 3,000 foot rock face in Yosemite National Park, California. The pair lived on the sheer vertical cliff for weeks, igniting a frenzy of global media attention. But for Tommy Caldwell, The Dawn Wall was much more than just a climb. It was the culmination of a lifetime defined by overcoming obstacles. At the age of 22, the climbing prodigy was taken hostage by rebels in Kyrgyzstan. Shortly after, he lost his index finger in an accident, but resolved to come back stronger. When his marriage fell apart, he escaped the pain by fixating on the extraordinary goal of free climbing The Dawn Wall. Blurring the line between dedication and obsession, Caldwell and his partner Jorgeson spend six years meticulously plotting and practicing their route. On the final attempt, with the world watching, Caldwell is faced with a moment of truth. Should he abandon his partner to fulfill his ultimate dream, or risk his own success for the sake of their friendship?