Leo Houlding tours Reflections: The Mirror Wall to UK Theatres

World renowned climber of audacious ascents brings his expeditions to the stage

Credit: Matt Pycroft/Coldhouse Collective

Credit: Matt Pycroft/Coldhouse Collective

Considered one of the all-time best climbers, Leo Houlding is world renowned for audacious ascents of epic faces. Following his recent expedition to become the first to complete an ascent on the north west face of the Mirror Wall in remotest Greenland, he brings a brand new ‘audience with…’ style lecture show, Reflections: The Mirror Wall, to theatres across the UK, presented by Speakers from the Edge, in association with Berghaus and Cotswold Outdoor

Credit: Matt Pycroft/Coldhouse Collective

Credit: Matt Pycroft/Coldhouse Collective

If modern British adventure has a face, it looks a lot like Leo Houlding. A climbing prodigy, who started by scaling the Old Man of Hoy at just ten years old and becoming the British Junior Indoor Climbing Champion at sixteen, 34-year-old Leo has climbed the most difficult and highest mountains in the world

A veteran of scores of epic ascents, including Everest, Leo specialises in free climbing the most technical peaks and biggest walls in the world. Also an experienced base jumper, Leo pushes the limits of exploratory adventure by taking the ultimate in extreme sports to the most extreme environments.

Leo has captivated and inspired audiences around the world with his tales of adrenalin-fuelled exploits and has appeared on the BBC's Top Gear, his own show on Virgin One Take Me to the Edge and the IMAX movie The Wildest Dream, retracing the last steps of Mallory and Irvine on their fateful 1924 Everest expedition. Leo also produced and featured in the multi-award-winning movie, The Asgard Project – an arctic adventure to free climb and BASE jump from one of the world’s toughest and most remote big walls - and, more recently, he teamed up with Monty Halls for the Discovery Channel’s Lost Worlds TV series

“The only two words that come to mind are “bloody hell!”
What sheer guts and determination!”
Sir Richard Branson

In short, Leo has ventured to many of the harshest environments on Earth, to climb the toughest mountains and big walls on Earth, including Ulvetanna in Antarctica, considered to be the hardest climb in the world

Credit: Matt Pycroft/Coldhouse Collective

Credit: Matt Pycroft/Coldhouse Collective

In Reflections: The Mirror Wall, Leo discusses the contrast between adventure TV and adventure film, and reflects on the conflict between a life of extreme adventure and the responsibilities and homely joys of new fatherhood, juxtaposed against the undying drive for the next great quest through the narrative of his aptly named Mirror Wall expedition

Reflections: The Mirror Wall is touring UK theatres in autumn 2016. To book tickets, or for further details, visit

Tour dates

October 2016

Friday 28th - LEEDS - The Carriageworks, 0113 376 0318, www.leeds.gov.uk/Carriageworks

November 2016

Sunday 6th - BUXTON - Arts Centre, 01298 72190, www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

Monday 7th - MILTON KEYNES - Chrysalis MK, 01908 235505, www.chrysalismk.co.uk

Tuesday 8th - GATESHEAD - Sage Gateshead, 0191 443 4661, www.sagegateshead.com

Thursday 10th - WORKINGTON - Carnegie Theatre, 01900 602122, www.carnegietheatre.co.uk

Sunday 13th - DUNKELD - Birnam Arts, 01350 727674, www.birnamarts.com

Monday 14th - ABERDEEN - The Lemon Tree, 01224 641122, www.aberdeenperformingarts.com

Tuesday 15th - INVERNESS - Eden Court, 01463 234234, www.eden-court.co.uk

Thurdays 17th - GLASGOW - Drygate, www.drygate.com/events

Tuesdat 22nd - MALVERN - Malvern Theatres, 01684 892277, www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

Wednesday 23rd - ANDOVER - The Lights, 01264 368368, www.thelights.org.uk

Sunday 27th - SOUTHEND - Palace Theatre, 01702 351135, www.southendtheatres.org.uk

Monday 28th - EXETER - Corn Exchange, 01392 665938, www.sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange

Tuesday 29th - BRECON - Theatr Brycheiniog, 01874 611622, www.brycheiniog.co.uk

Wednesday 30th - TELFORD - The Place, 01952 382382, www.theplacetelford.com    

December 2016

Friday 2nd - CAERNARFON - Galeri Theatr, 01286 685222, www.galericaernarfon.com

Tuesday 6th - LANCASTER - Dukes Theatre, 01524 598500, www.dukes-lancaster.org