Pete Whittaker


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  • Rope soloed El Capitan in 20 hours 6 minutes
  • First ascent of Dynamics of Change (E9 7a), Burbage South, Peak District
  • First ascent of Century Crack (5.14b), the world’s hardest off-width, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  • First ascent of The Bigger Baron ( E10 7a), Wimberry Rocks, Chew Valley, England
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Pete Whittaker  © UKC

Video Kendal Rekindled: Pete Whittaker Interview

Pete Whittaker has been back to Yosemite this past Autumn and succeded in a challenge to climb 7 big walls in 7 days. He's also just published his first book 'Crack Climbing.' We caught up with Pete at Kendal Mountain Festival and had a chat about...

Pete Whittaker flashing Ronny Medelsvensson (Trad 8b)  © Felix Johansson
Pete Whittaker flashing Ronny Medelsvensson (Trad 8b)  © Felix Johansson

News Pete Whittaker flashes Ronny Medelsvensson (Trad 8b)

Pete Whittaker has flashed Ronny Medelsvensson (8b) on the Profile Wall in Jøssingfjord, Norway. Pete is in fine form at the moment having climbed his long-term project 'Recovery Drink' (8c+) on the same wall last week. Ronny Medelsvensson...

Pete Whittaker repeats Recovery Drink 8c+.  © Mike Hutton
Pete Whittaker repeats Recovery Drink 8c+.  © Mike Hutton

News Third Ascent of Recovery Drink by Pete Whittaker

Pete Whittaker has mad the third ascent of Nico Favresse's 2013 testpiece Recovery Drink 8c+, a steep crack on the Profilveggen - 'Profile Wall' - at Jøssingfjord in Norway. The line has attracted crack connoisseurs including 'Wideboyz' Tom...

Pete wrestles with the Black Mamba 5.14b.  © Talo Martin
Pete wrestles with the Black Mamba 5.14b.  © Talo Martin

Fri Night Vid The Wideboyz Crack on in Canyonlands

Earlier this year Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker (AKA the Wideboyz) travelled back to their favourite crack haunt...

Pete wrestles with the Black Mamba 5.14b.  © Talo Martin
Pete wrestles with the Black Mamba 5.14b.  © Talo Martin

News Hardest Crack Line yet for the Wide Boyz - Black Mamba 5.14b

Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall have made another hard first ascent in the Utah desert – Black...

Pete Whittaker repeating Necronomicon in White Rim.  © Tom Randall
Pete Whittaker repeating Necronomicon in White Rim.  © Tom Randall

News Roof Crack Repeat by Randall and Whittaker - Necronomicon 5.13d/14a

Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker AKA The Wideboyz have made the first repeat of another monster...

Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall on Freerider  © WideBoyz
Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall on Freerider  © WideBoyz

Interview Perfect Partners #15: Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall

Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, better known as the Wide Boyz are one of Britain's most prolific climbing...

Wide Boyz - All Tooled Up  © Rab
Wide Boyz - All Tooled Up  © Rab

Fri Night Vid Wide Boyz - All Tooled Up

Pete Whittaker  © UKC News
Pete Whittaker  © UKC News

News Pete Whittaker rope-solos Half Dome and El Cap in a Day

Pete with his Silent Partner2  © Nick Brown - UKC
Pete with his Silent Partner2  © Nick Brown - UKC

Skills How to Rope Solo - with Pete Whittaker

Pete Whittaker El Ca  © BMC
Pete Whittaker El Ca  © BMC

Fri Night Vid Pete Whittaker - Rope Soloing El Capitan

Matt on the second crux pitch of Dark Angel.  © Nick Bullock
Matt on the second crux pitch of Dark Angel.  © Nick Bullock

News Dark Angel VII/8 First Ascent by Helliker, Bullock & Whittaker

A classic Bohuslän landscape  © Stefan Wulf
A classic Bohuslän landscape  © Stefan Wulf

Destination Guide Bohuslän, Sweden

Shauna and Pete go Crack Climbing  © BMC TV
Shauna and Pete go Crack Climbing  © BMC TV

Fri Night Vid Shauna Coxsey and Pete Whittaker go crack climbing

Vedauwoo 1  © Pete Whittaker
Vedauwoo 1  © Pete Whittaker

Destination Guide Vedauwoo, Wyoming - A Crack Climbing Paradise

Wide Grandadz  © Dark Sky Media
Wide Grandadz  © Dark Sky Media

Fri Night Vid Wide Grandadz

Wideboyz and the Staffs Nose  © UKC News
Wideboyz and the Staffs Nose  © UKC News

Fri Night Vid Wideboyz Smash Staffordshire Nose Record

Wide boyz  © Hot Aches productions
Wide boyz  © Hot Aches productions

Review Wide Boyz DVD


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Reviews from the UKC editorial team

2am on the Cuillin Ridge  © Dan Bailey

Compact Headtorches

Modern front-mounted headtorches are neat and lightweight, yet pack enough power for most needs. Here we look in depth at five alternatives across the price spectrum.

LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear
LV shoes group test  © UKC Gear

Performance Rock Shoes - Women's/LV Fit

In this group test we compare nine pairs of performance shoes with a women's / low volume fit. How did they all do...?

The SNAP Guts being put through its paces in Font  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
The SNAP Guts being put through its paces in Font  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

SNAP Guts Bouldering Mat

Rob Greenwood justifies his recent trip to Font with a thorough look at SNAP's latest pad, the curiously named 'Guts'.

20L packs montage  © UKC Gear
20L packs montage  © UKC Gear

Day Packs Around 20 Litres

We check out 11 smaller rucksacks for lightweight days.

Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear
Approach shoes group test   © UKC Gear

Approach Shoes

Whether you're approaching a mountain crag or out on a scramble or via ferrata, an approach shoe will be lighter and more nimble than a boot,...

Stoves montage  © Dan Bailey
Stoves montage  © Dan Bailey

Gas Stove Systems

In this group test we look at four all-in-one tower-style canister stove systems, the Alpkit Brukit; Jetboil Flash; Primus Lite+ and MSR...

...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear
...or you could wear it like a giant silver scarf  © UKC Gear

OutDoor 2019 - Best in Show

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. Over three long days we saw a lot (and we mean a lot)...


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BF 1  © Alpkit

Alpkit doubles donations to Alpkit Foundation for Black Friday

Alpkit will be doubling its donation to the Alpkit Foundation for the duration of the Black Friday sales period. All week, 2% of every sale will go towards helping as many people as possible get outdoors, to 'go nice places, do good things' whatev...

Men's Fantom Lifestyle  © Alpkit
Men's Fantom Lifestyle  © Alpkit

Alpkit Fantom Down Jacket

Whether it's scaling alpine aretes, winter walking lunch stops, long belays in the shade, or just knocking about the tent after sundown, a toasty down jacket is your number one ally against the cold. 

Climbers  © Patagonia
Climbers  © Patagonia

Patagonia - Shell, Yeah!

Patagonia is the first in the industry to make all shells with recycled materials and sew them all in a Fair Trade Certified factories. That's what is being celebrated with their Shell, Yeah! campaign. The focus is on the achievement - causing less harm with...

Wham   © SNAP
Wham   © SNAP

New For 2019 - The SNAP Wham, Grand Wham, and Guts

6 years ago Snap launched the original + revolutionary 'Wrap', with its unique air cell technology. At...

Alpkit Jeans Scrambling  © Alpkit
Alpkit Jeans Scrambling  © Alpkit

Alpkit Jeanius and Sequence Jeans

New jeans launched for all scenarios and with hidden superpowers in the Cordura® denim. Tougher, stretchier, warmer, and...

The Beta Project Brush Stick  © Rob Greenwood - UKC
The Beta Project Brush Stick  © Rob Greenwood - UKC

Project Brush

The Project Brush Stick has been significantly improved for 2019 with the addition of the new Evo pole, which has been developed to prevent...

Revo Rope  © Wild Country
Revo Rope  © Wild Country

Wild Country Revo - The first bi-directional belay device with a backup

The first bi-directional belay device with a backup. The Revo makes belaying simple,...