16 Jul First ascent in Cina for Houlding, Suarez and Zhi Ming
Leo Houlding has made the first ascent of the challenging 600m west face of the stunning sacred mountain of Huashan in China Climbing with Carlos Suarez and Wang Zhi Ming,
Houlding took 13 hours to complete the technically difficult climb after being granted special permission by the Chinese government to attempt the route on the previously unclimbed face.
Houlding has named the route ‘Celestial Masters’ and says that the ascent was less classic rock climbing and more ‘vertical tree wrestling’ due to the extremely overgrown nature of the cliff.
Leo had to fight through thorns, trees and brambles to eventually make it to horizontal ground and finished the climb with multiple flesh wounds as a result.
Leo, Carlos and Wang left no gear fixed in the face, remaining faithful to a pure style of climbing.