NEWSFLASH: Whittaker Climbs Baron Greenback Direct - E10?

by Duncan Campbell - UKC Mar/2014
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Pete Whittaker has made the first ascent of the direct start to Baron Greenback, E9 at Wimberry.

Pete climbed the original line back in May last year (UKC News Report), skirting in from the left to avoid the hard boulder problem start. This new start adds a hard, scary highball boulder problem to an already desperate route.

Tom Randall commented on the new line on Twitter:

"The BIG BIG line goes down at Wimberry. Pete Whittaker, you little beauty!! What a grit season so far..."

Pete Whittaker grappling with Baron Greenback, Wimberry, 120 kb
Pete Whittaker grappling with Baron Greenback, Wimberry
© Wild Country / Hotaches (Screenshot from film)

Pete is no stranger to hard gritstone first ascents with routes such as the original Baron Greenback, Sleepy Hollow (UKC News Report) and Dynamics of Change to name a few. 

Here is a video of Pete making the first ascent of Baron Greenback with the indirect start:

Ben Bransby repeated Pete's original E9 line last week (UKC News Report), finding it a little easier than the famous Parthian Shot at Burbage (UKC News Report).

We hope to bring you more information on Pete's ascent as soon as possible.

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

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