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Leo Houlding and Team Climb New Route on Roraima

The team followed a 1973 route until heading up steep roofs

A strong international team led by Leo Houlding and including Wilson Cutbirth, Dan Howard, Waldo Etherington, Anna Taylor and Matt Pycroft have climbed a new route up Mount Roraima in Guyana.

Mount Roraima sits on the borders of Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana. Houlding and his team left at the start of November and made their way through thick bush to the base of the flat-topped mountain. They eventually rigged an advanced camp high above the treetops and worked on the upper prow over the next few weeks. They started up the original line first climbed in 1973 by British climbers Mo Antoine, Joe Brown, Hamish MacInnes and Don Whillans.

After reaching the Tarantula Terrace, they continued up steep rock that was generally very solid. They reached the summit on Dec. 3 with Houlding saying the route was climbed completely free and almost entirely onsight. He said, it is a “bold, proud line that fires right up the middle of the prow.”