Go adventuring, says climbing legend

houlding and school

Photo: Steve Ashworth/MovieIt

Climbing legend Leo Houlding called in at Ambleside CE Primary School to encourage the pupils to have their own adventures.

Houlding, one of Britain’s top climbers and among the best in the world, answered questions from enthusiastic youngsters, told them about his climbing exploits, and did some filming for a project the school is working on for Kendal Mountain Film Festival.

The “film active” project is underway at the school, with the children using Go Pro cameras to show that adventures can start early and young – and on your own doorstep.

It’s being led by professional photographer and adventure film-maker Steve Ashworth who bid for a grant from the Kelsick Trust to fund the children’s venture. It is hoped that the finished project will be premiered locally and then shown at Kendal Mountain Festival.

Leo Houlding is a veteran of a score of epic ascents, including Everest, but specialises in  climbing the most technical peaks and biggest walls in the world.

Steve Ashworth said: “It was great to have Leo make the time in a busy schedule to call in to chat about mountains and film for the project that we are working on together. The staff were just as excited as the pupils.”

 

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