Pete Whittaker makes 'All-Free' Rope Solo of El Cap in a DayNewsflash

© Dustin Moore

News just in: Pete Whittaker has made the first all-free solo ascent of El Capitan, Yosemite in a day, using rope solo techniques. Pete climbed the classic 37-pitch Freerider (5.12d) 5.12d in just 20 hours and 6 minutes, which he flashed in 2014. Only two previous attempts to rope solo El Capitan 'all-free' have ever been made, the records via Freerider standing at 7 days and 4 days by Stéphane Perron and Jorg Verhoeven respectively.

Pete making the infamous “Hardest move on Rock," the tricky 11c move off Heart Ledge, 3.5hrs after leaving the ground  © Dustin Moore
Pete making the infamous “Hardest move on Rock," the tricky 11c move off Heart Ledge, 3.5hrs after leaving the ground
© Dustin Moore

Having only taken up rope soloing seriously this year, Pete has learned and mastered the relevant skills and techniques incredibly quickly. Travelling to Squamish, Canada in August, Pete came away with fast multi-route rope solo climbs, including two separate triple-route ascents on the 2,303ft granite monolith, the Squamish Chief, in under 24 hours (UKC interview).

Pete began climbing at 3:02pm on Wednesday and topped out at 11:08am on Thursday morning.

Commenting on how it felt to top out, Pete told UKC:

'I was pretty knackered at the top. It was difficult to do all the rope logistics, handling, cleaning and jumaring whilst climbing trickyish pitches. I was just psyched to climb a wall by myself and top out on my own, it felt like I'd worked hard...and I like working hard!'

Rope soloing guru Andy Kirkpatrick reported the news on Twitter and commented on Pete's achievement:

'What a legend!'

Full interview to follow shortly...


Visit Pete's Facebook Page.

Pete is sponsored by: Climb On, Five Ten, Patagonia, Sterling Rope and Wild Country

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11 Nov, 2016
God Damn!
11 Nov, 2016
Yes, that boy's getting quite good! I like his style too, seemingly always in search of an alternative take on hard rock challenges.
11 Nov, 2016
the term "beast" is overused, but bloody hell, he's like the very definition of the term.
11 Nov, 2016
Tie a knot or ya Gunna Die! Funny how rope soloists are lunatics on the forum, unless you have a well known name and do a big wall.
11 Nov, 2016
What are you on about?
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