Based in the Lake District, UK, Leo is one of Britain's top climbers and among the best in the world. He is a veteran of a score of epic ascents including Everest but specializes in free climbing the most technical peaks and biggest walls in the world. An experienced base jumper he is at the forefront of Para-Alpinism (climbing up then flying down). Leo pushes the limits of exploratory adventure by taking the ultimate in extreme sports to the most extreme environments.
"Succeeding on the first ascent is a dream come true. If I never climb anything harder I will not be disappointed."
tested beyond endurance
Leo has become an ambassador for the younger generation of climbers and has been called one of Britain's top ten adventurers by The Telegraph. In 2010 he topped it all by completing his long term Yosemite project. The Prophet E9 7a/5.13d R on El Capitan is a truly impressive route one that Leo had tried on a number of occasions since his first attempt in 2001. Success on it is a lifetime achievement and a real highpoint in an already remarkable climbing career. In 2013 Leo led his most ambitious and challenging expedition to date in brutal conditions to make the first ascent of Ulvetanna’s remarkable, mile long north east ridge. They spent 35 days in the harsh beauty testing themselves to their limits during the climb of their lives.
The DNA of the U-2 chronometer lies firmly with the military following the pioneering development and dramatic success of the Bremont military air-crew watch developed in association with the world’s largest ejection seat manufacturer, Martin-Baker. The elite 9th Reconnaissance Wing at Beale wanted a watch with the same testing history as the Bremont MB but one that had also been custom-tested to their own requirements.