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FRI NIGHT VID: Pete Whittaker - Rope Soloing El Capitan

In late 2016 Pete Whittaker made an 'all-free' rope solo ascent of Freerider on El Capitan. The route took him 20 hours and 6 minutes, smashing the previous fastest time of 4 days. Pete flashed the route in 2014, perhaps making it the ideal route for him to try alone. Pete documented his big day and the resulting film is a fascinating insight into what it takes to complete a climb of that magnitude.

Read our interview with Pete about his rope solo here



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Good to bring this to attention, as probably like a fair few folk, I didn't realise this was so unusual. I think this was because there had been free ascents in a day of routes before, and there had been solo aid...
Yeah, headcam footage of climbing is usually pants. They're much less useful for climbing than a lot of other sports. I suspect the difference here is better editors showing more judgement and the fact that they might...
I was just pointing out that  toothed or spiky cam devices are usually only used for top rope ("shunting " ) , often outside the manufacturers recommendations. In a lead fall situation, they will probably break the...
Given that this device isnt made anymore, what are people using now...the webiste had an add for this...
The Silent Partner is the standard device for rope soloing, and the most current (but not made anymore) one designed for it. Lots and lots of falls taken on them without any failures as far as I know (apart from a few...
Almost two years later, I still find it almost unbelievable that he did this (obviously he did!)  Back in the 1990s, two of the strongest guys I ever met got shut down on this route. (I think they made a film about...

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