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British climber becomes first person to scale the Pillar of Wisdom in Jordan

A British free-climber has become the first person to ever successfully climb the world famous Pillar of Wisdom.


The 350 metre sandstone tower is an iconic part of Wadi Rum in the Valley of Moon in Jordan. Leo Houlding from the UK, scaled the mountain on his own and the footage displays the danger and perils he encountered on his extremely tricky climb. The climb was sponsored by Playstation 4, whose games share many similarities with Houlding’s awe-inspiring climb.