Andy Houseman

It is the mental and physical challenges of alpinism that keep him coming back for more. He enjoys the sense of achievement and adventure that comes from making rapid ascents in technically difficult environments without back-up camps and fixed lines, but also the freedom of not being weighed down by kit. His passion for the Greater Ranges stems from a deep desire to explore the unknown and to embrace new challenges: the more technical complications and the more physical demands, the more intense the climbing experience.

Andy’s ascent of the unclimbed north face of Chang Himal, Nepal, with his climbing partner Nick Bullock earned a nomination for the prestigious Piolet d’Or 2010. But his most memorable ascent was a repeat of the Slovak Direct on the nearly 3000m south face of Denali. Again climbing with Nick, four days of amazing climbing and harsh Alaskan weather lead to a truly unique and memorable mountain experience.

In recent years he has ventured back to Alaska and Nepal and in 2015 he completed a first ascent of the West Summit of Link Sar (6938m) in Pakistan along with Jon Griffith. A keen outdoor athlete, he also enjoys as much road biking and trail running as possible and completed the 100Km Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc CCC in 2014.

Andy is based in Yorkshire working in the family business with his father but tries to get away on one expedition a year in locations such as Pakistan and Nepal, as well as enjoying rock climbing in the UK and quick trips to the Alps. What matters most to him, however, is enjoying the time he spends in the mountains, soaking up the spectacular terrain and savouring the feeling of pitching himself against the mountain in the company of good friends.


-Hometown-

Darley, North Yorkshire.

-Projects-

Alpine Climbing/Expeditions, Skiing, Trad, Running and Road Biking.

-Successes-

First Ascent of the West Summit of Link Sar (6938m) in Pakistan, with Jon Griffith via a new route called Fever Pitch (2015) | First British ascent (and sixth overall ascent) of the Slovak Direct route (5.9, WI6, M5, Alaskan Grade VI) on the South Face of Denali, Alaska together with Nick Bullock (2012) | First ascent of the North Face of Chang Himal 6802m, Nepal, ED+ M6, an 1800m face climbed in alpine style over five days (2009).

-Favourite Scarpa-

Scarpa Phantom 6000’s - they’ve kept me with 10 toes for many years now!  

-No Place too Far-

Somewhere you can choose whether you take out the skis, crampons/axes or rock boots on a day by day basis mixing up my favourite sports with good mates - basically Chamonix in the spring minus the crowds! Oh, and a heli ski trip to Alaska!


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