A CHAMPION climber from Staveley is preparing to risk life and limb during one of the most dangerous cliff face ascents ever undertaken - then throw himself off the summit, twice.

After treking 30 miles into an inhospitable canyon on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, Leo Houlding will attempt to make the first free ascent of the west face of Mount Asgard, 4,430ft.

Stopping only to sleep in a 6ftx4ft fabric hammock suspended from the rock face, the 28-year-old will spend up to to two weeks scaling the mountain in August.

After base jumping from the peak wearing a wing suit and parachute, Mr Houlding will then attempt the climb all over again in just 24 hours.

The Asgard Project will be the sternest test to date for the former British indoor climbing champion, who has climbed the Angel of the North as well as beating an Audi A4 driven by Top Gear presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, to the top of the world’s second highest gorge in France.

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