The Prophet is the story of Leo Houlding’s obsession with climbing a new route in Yosemite Valley. First tried nearly ten years ago Leo only recently completed this long term project on the east face of El Capitan which he describes as “the wildest climb I've ever been on”.
Film maker Alistair Lee was there to capture all the action as Leo tried the route. First attempted ground up with Jason Pickles the pair have returned multiple times to climb the line but were always thwarted by the crux ‘A1 beauty pitch’. This part of the climb is traditionally aided and involves a very thin seam for the hands which offers almost nothing in the way of feet. The film shows spectacular climbing in amazing positions as well as the determination and grit required to return time and again to such a difficult route.
The Prophet is one of five films that feature on the new Psyche II DVD from Alistair Lee and Posing Productions. This DVD is FREE when you subscribe to Climb Magazine for a limited time only.
Psyche II does not only feature The Prophet. There are four other high quality and inspirational films to maintain your ‘psyche’ through the darkest and coldest winter months.
There's no hiding from the fact that the main event on the Psyche II dvd is this film! Following the UK's top big wall climber Leo Houlding as he revisits his 10 year project; 'The Prophet', an exceptionally steep, loose and difficult route on the east face of Yosemite's El Cap. This has to be seen to be believed, crazy climbing. (42mins)
DWS with Neil Gresham
Deep water solo protagonist Neil Gresham shows us what its all about with one of the UK's hardest deep water solo's to date, superb climbing in the stunning setting of Pembrokeshire. 'Neil's body double'; Liam Cook adds to the entertainment with some big splashes as he attempts routes he's no business being on. (10mins)
Bleed in Hell
Mary Jenner repeats the Borrowdale classic 'Bleed in Hell', one of the hardest trad routes climbed by a female in the UK. Including insightful commentary from the route's first ascensionist and Mary's husband; Dave Birkett.(5mins)
Oceans of Fear
This time we follow Leo Houlding on his life long dream of climbing a big wall in South Africa as he makes a fast repeat of the incredible 'Oceans of Fear' in the stunning Klein Winter Hoek. (10mins)
Dusk till Dawn
Pembrokeshire explorer extraordinaire Dave Pickford climbs his stunning new route 'Dusk till Dawn' in the impressive Huntsman's Leap. Feel Dave's passion for Pembrokeshire climbing as he shares his views on the route and wider thoughts on climbing. (5mins)
'High Tor with an Actor' tongue in cheek short featuring Giles at High Tor. 'Father of the Pride' Simon Lee gets on the grit at age 5. 'Rodellar' Steve McClure, Adrian Baxter and Andy Cave get sporty in Rodellar. 'Bat shadow' Steve McClure on his impressive 8c+ link up at Malham. 'Prophet Deleted Scene', Leo's first encounter with the A1 beauty pitch in 2009.
Total Running time 90mins
In the next edition of Climb Magazine (Climb 71) Leo will be writing a feature article on his ascent of The Prophet.