When This Climber Tackled The Pillar Of Wisdom, He Aimed To Be The First To Achieve The Feat

Wadi Rum in Jordan, sometimes called the Valley of the Moon, is home to a rock formation called the Pillar of Wisdom. Standing at 1,148 feet, the peak is exceptionally difficult to climb. But 35-year-old Leo Houlding of Cumbria, England, wasn’t deterred from making an attempt.

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The location is iconic, and has been used as the backdrop for many Hollywood movies, including Rogue One, Lawrence of Arabia and The Martian. And the area is also famous as for attracting professional and amateur climbers. The earliest known ascents were completed by the local Bedouin people.

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