Randall & Whittaker Tick Brown & Whillans Peak Routes in 22hrs

by Duncan Campbell - UKC 04/Sep/2014
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Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, not a pair to shy away from a challenge, put in an extraordinary effort earlier this week, climbing all the Brown and Whillans routes on the Eastern and Western Edges in just over 22 hours. 

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+Tom Randall on the Staffs 'Nose' Challenge, before the rain set in..., 94 kb
Tom Randall on the Staffs 'Nose' Challenge last November © Guy Van Greuning

Tom and Pete started at midnight at Bamford, with the first route of the day being MAy35, E6 6c, at Bamford, and had climbed all the routes on the Eastern Edges 15 hours into the day. With time to spare they drove over to Staffordshire to enchain the Western Grit routes, finishing 22 hours and 36 minutes after starting. 

Tom commented on the day on his blog:

"Climbing all of the Brown and Whillans routes on the East and Western edges reminded me constantly of the huge diversity of their additions. They were incredibly privileged to have made those routes their own as well."

The duo originally got the idea after completing the first one-day ascent of all the Brown and Whillans routes on Western Grit (The Roaches, Ramshaw, Hen Cloud - also known as the Staffordshire 'Nose'). Adding in the Brown and Whillans routes from the Eastern Grit crags upped the ante somewhat, taking the route tally from 31 to 125 and the hardest grade from E4 to E6. Once you have added in 23 miles of running on top of the 1800m of ascent Tom and Pete had to make, the challenge becomes no pushover.

After Pete's impressive day of soloing last month (UKC News Report), Tom's recent hard crack FA at Dinas Rock (UKC News Report) and with a trip to Yosemite fast approaching, it looks like the Wideboyz are on good form to climb some impressive stuff! 

We hope to bring you a more detailed piece on the day as soon as possible.

In related news, Andi Turner and Pete Bridgewood have beaten Pete and Tom's record for climbing the Western Grit routes, bringing the time down to 4 hours and 58 minutes, from 5 hours and 53 minutes as set by the Wideboyz last November (UKC News Report).


Pete Whittaker is sponsored by: Climb On, Casio G-Shock, Five Ten, Patagonia, Sterling Rope and Wild Country

Tom Randall is sponsored by: Climb On, Casio G-Shock, Five Ten, Rab, Sterling Rope and Wild Country. Tom is also a part owner of The Climbing Station


Forums ( Read More... | 22 comments, 09 Sep 2014 )
No, I think you and Andi should try and do the complete BAW (including the Chew/Longdendale ones) in 24 hrs! I've got the list if you want it! Cheers Graham No, I think you and Andi should try and do the complete...
Graham Hoey - 07 Sep 2014

I can testify to that! IIRC a mere 8 of the Staffordshire routes pretty much did me in when a couple of us tried some and I'd count myself as a fairly experienced climber and no stranger to big routes and link ups....
The Ex-Engineer - 06 Sep 2014

Awesome effort these guys are on fire! What about all the Fawett routes on peak limestone in a day! Awesome effort these guys are on fire! What about all the Fawett route on peak limestone in a day!Post edited at 15:24
slinky wizard - 06 Sep 2014

Yeah, I was thinking where they were both on the FA team, but how many would that yield? There must be a similar suitable challenge on the Yorkshire crags, perhaps an Allen Austin day? Or the Fawcett Yorkshire grit...
Jon Read - 06 Sep 2014

Well done, Tom and Pete! That is a stunning achievement! Very inspiring. It'd take days for me just to do the Ramshaw part... There is a good article and interview (to Tom) published in the BMC site by Sarah Stirling:...
masa-alpin - 06 Sep 2014

Firstly what no one seems to have commented on is that Andi and Pete beat our Staffs Nose time - that's flipping awesome!!! Their time was genuinely rather rapid and if anyone has tried even doing a very small section...
TomPR - 06 Sep 2014

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