Leo Goes Buildering...
Leo Houlding has climbed the Printworks building in central Manchester to launch this year's Kendal Mountain Festival which starts on Friday. Hang on, is Manchester in Kendal ;-)
Posted: 9 November 2006
That Leo Houlding fella's been at it again, this time he's
climbed the Printworks building in central Manchester to
launch this year's Kendal Festival which kicks off tomorrow, Friday
Berghaus-sponsored Leo's no stranger to media-friendly stunts.
Apart from tackling some rather respectable climbing routes,
including record ascents in Yosemite, the 25-year-old Cumbrian rock
prodigy as was, has also scaled the Angel of the North - like you do
- and appeared with Tim Emmett on Top Gear 'racing' Clarkson to the
top of the Verdon Gorge, obviously the climbers won.
Most recently, he's starred in the Berghaus promotional campaign
for their new Big Wall range, undertaking stomach-churning, slack
wire crossing high above the Yosemite Valley.
All of which, along with his role as a patron of the Kendal
festival, makes him an ideal ambassador for this year's event. As
most OMers will know, it's not just films, the ten-day celebration of
all things mountainy also includes a mountain literature festival,
including the judging of the Boardman Tasker Award, live speakers,
mountain art and the results of this year's Extreme Film School.
"The Printworks is a landmark in Manchester and climbing it will
be a different challenge to climbing on rock, but still testing,"
said Leo, desperately trying to work out why the Kendal festival
should be launched in Manchester.
"The Kendal Mountain Film Festival is all about showcasing extreme
action and introducing it to new audiences, so the Printworks was an
Well worth a trip to the Lakes, more festival information at
More about Berghaus at www.berghaus.com
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