Pete Whittaker - E9 Update with Photo

© Dave Brown - HotAches Productions
From the HotAches Blog:

"When the belayer asks to have their own spotter... you can tell the route is somewhat serious..."

The climber we went to film was the youngest from the Whittaker clan. So young in fact, that he had to get permission to leave school early that day in order to have enough time for the climb before it got dark.

It was 6 o'clock. Pete decided he would go for the lead. He hadn't even managed to link the moves from the dyno to the top, but he decided that he was ready. The atmostphere at the crag was tense. His family usually seem pretty blase, certainty that Pete will succeed. Today everybody was clearly concerned.

As Pete climbed higher I was shaking. The other camera people were shaking. His family were shaking. And as he reached the crux Pete was shaking. Everybody was willing him not to fall off. The rock over move took an age, inch by inch he fought and grimaced and slapped and pulled. "On top-rope, on top rope" was the mantra he kept repeating as he tried to gain composure for the final crux. We could hardly watch.

Pete did the final moves and pulled over the top. Relief and emotion was everywhere. Some spectators had crept up unnoticed to watch, and there was a spontaneous round of applause. Pete was now dizzy and had to lie down on the top.

For More Info and Full Photo Sequence: Hot Aches Blog

Pete Whittaker is sponsored by 5.10, Patagonia, Naked Ape and The Edge.

This post has been read 28,109 times

Return to Latest News

Support UKC

As climbers we strive to make the kind of website we would love to visit, with the most up-to-date news, diverse and interesting articles, comprehensive gear reviews, breathtaking photographs and a vast and useful logbook system. As a result, an incredible community has formed around the site - we’ve provided the framework but it’s you who make the website what it is today. If you appreciate the content we offer then you can help us by becoming an official UKC Supporter. This can be a one-off single annual payment or a more substantial payment paid monthly or yearly which includes full access to Rockfax Digital and discounts on Rockfax print publications.

If you appreciate then please help us by becoming a UKC Supporter.

UKC Supporter

  • Support the website we all know and love
  • Access to a year's subscription to Rockfax Digital.
  • Plus 30% off Rockfax guidebooks
  • Plus Show your support UKC Supporter badge on your profile and forum posts
UKC/UKH/Rockfax logo

18 Mar, 2008
Good effort Pete. Good to see a new generation coming through :-)
18 Mar, 2008
when he says: "I was busy over the weekend with school work and stuff" does he mean as a student or teacher?
18 Mar, 2008
not a teacher.
18 Mar, 2008
Top effort Pete! Pete has now produced two new lines on this face: the original start with the direct finish and the direct start with the original finish. Does this mean that the original line is redundant like when Simba's Pride replaced Stampede on the same crag? Or does the 3* status of BT protect it?
18 Mar, 2008
how old is he?
More Comments
Loading Notifications...
Facebook Twitter Copy Email LinkedIn Pinterest