150 Extreme Grit Solos in a Day for Pete Whittaker

by Duncan Campbell - UKC Jul/2014
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Pete Whittaker at Millstone, 26 kbPete Whittaker at Millstone
© Five Ten
Grit guru Pete Whittaker recently soloed 150 routes graded E1 or harder in a single, hot day in the Peak District. Inspired by Ron Fawcett's original 100 Peak extremes in a day, Pete decided to see if he could take it a step further.

Having had the idea to emulate Fawcett's impressive 100 ever since Pete climbed 550 routes in a day (UKC News Report), he began thinking that a big day of mileage would be great training for some upcoming trips and projects.

With the weather looking dry, Pete booked a couple of days off hoping it wouldn't rain at the last minute. The day dawned bright and clear, perhaps too bright with temperatures reaching 25ºC, making Pete's 150 extremes, including routes such as Nosferatu, E6 6b, and Heartless Hare, E5 5c, very impressive.

Pete commented on his motivation to solo 150 Peak extremes in a day:

"Ron was the original inspiration behind doing this as he did 100 extremes back in the day. Ron’s day on the Grit is mind blowing, the routes, difficultly and diversity on his final tick list is absolutely outrageous and I still think its one of the most impressive days out there even for 2014. His standard goes up to E5 and not just one or two E5’s, multiple, really impressive."

Pete decided to visit what he felt were the six main grit crags, in order to savour the differing styles of each as he explained:

"I wanted to try and take into account as many of the ‘big’ crags as possible as they all offer different types of climbing, which was the whole point, some are more pumpy, like the cracks of millstone, some are slopey like the flared breaks of Stanage and some are bold like the slabs of froggatt (not that the bold made much of a difference)."

Starting at Curbar at 4am, Pete was soon rattling through routes that are on few peoples' solo circuit. With routes such as Right Eliminate, E3 5c, and Elder Crack, E2 5b, done, he moved on to the slabs of Froggatt to give his arms a rest.

Although his arms were rested here, Pete still pushed the boat out, climbing up to E5 with Heartless Hare, E5 5c and Downhill Racer, E4 6a. Soon he was off to Millstone, a crag he had mixed feelings about visiting during his big day as he explained:

"Walking into Millstone I wasn’t really sure whether I was going to enjoy this stint very much. However it turned out to be the most enjoyable part of the day. With it still in the shade, it felt brilliant to be locking fingers and hands in cracks and swim up jams rather then holding onto ever greasing smedges. I think the most enjoyable route of the whole day was Regent Street, I felt nicely warmed up from the previous crags and the climbing is excellent."

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

The next crag of the day was Burbage South, a wise choice given the heat of the day, allowing Pete to get some hard routes in such as Pebble Mill, E5 6b and Nosferatu, E6 6b, despite this the heat of the day was becoming more apparent as he decided to miss off a few of his normal solos here that usually felt easy. 

Unfortunately, Pete could no longer hide in the shade and upon reaching Burbage North, he hit a low-point with the heat really slowing him down. Fortunately, despite nearly throwing up from heat stroke at one point, he left the crag with a tally of 105 extremes before moving on to Stanage, his final crag of the day.

With a breeze blowing at Stanage, he got a second 'wind' and soon ticked through the last of his routes with his Mum, Dad and Sister heading to the crag to see him top out on his last route, Millsom's Minion, E1 5b. The finish of an impressive day given the heat and the number of routes climbed.

Pete Whittaker's 150 Grit Extremes in a day list:


Pinhead MoonstompE1 5bCurbar
HerculesE1 5aCurbar
ScroachE2 5cCurbar
Right EliminateE3 5cCurbar
Left EliminateE1 5cCurbar
Thirst for GloryE1 5bCurbar
Pretty FaceE1 5bCurbar
PlaythingE2 5cCurbar
L'HorlaE1 5bCurbar
Elder CrackE2 5bCurbar
Done Years AgoE3 6bCurbar
CanoeE2 5cCurbar
Finger DistanceE3 6bCurbar
KayakE1 5bCurbar
RapidE1 5cCurbar
Lepton OriginalE3 6bCurbar
VainE3 5bCurbar
ZebedeeE2 5bCurbar
BetwixtE1 5aCurbar
The WallE1 6aCurbar
Top SecretE1 5cCurbar
LamebrainE1 5bCurbar
The ScoopE2 5bCurbar
Diddlum Wall DirectE1 5bCurbar
FidgetE2 6bCurbar
Gone To PotE1 5cCurbar
PotE2 6aCurbar
The MaskE1 6aCurbar
White Noise F.M.E2 6aCurbar
HumdrumE1 5aCurbar
One Up AgainE1 5cCurbar
AfterbirthE1 5cCurbar
Birthday GrooveE1 5cCurbar
The Unreachable StarE3 6aCurbar
Hidden PleasuresE3 6aCurbar
John's AreteE1 5cCurbar
Rat ScabiesE3 6aCurbar
Camel TicksE3 6bCurbar
Black Nix WallE1 5cCurbar
Beach NutE1 5cFroggatt
Stiff CheeseE2 5cFroggatt
Big CrackE2 5bFroggatt
Brown's EliminateE2 5bFroggatt
SynopsisE2 5cFroggatt
Great SlabE3 5bFroggatt
Heartless HareE5 5cFroggatt
Downhill RacerE4 6aFroggatt
Long John's SlabE3 5cFroggatt
Nanoq SlabE2 5bFroggatt
Four Pebble SlabE3 5cFroggatt
Three Pebble SlabE1 5aFroggatt
Two-sided TriangleE1 5bFroggatt
MotorcadeE1 5aFroggatt
RatbagE2 5bFroggatt
Cave CrackE2 5cFroggatt
BrightsideE2 5cFroggatt
SundownerE2 5aFroggatt
Parrallel PipedE3 5cFroggatt
Scarper's TriangleE1 5bFroggatt
StrapiomboE1 5bFroggatt
StrapiombanteE1 5bFroggatt
Regent StreetE2 5cMillstone
Embankment 4E1 5bMillstone
Embankment 3E1 5bMillstone
BillingsgateE1 5bMillstone
WindreteE2 5cMillstone
Only JustE1 5aMillstone
DexterityE1 5bMillstone
February FoxE2 5bMillstone
Gates of MordorE3 5cMillstone
Satan's SlitE1 5bMillstone
Millwheel WallE1 5bBurbage South
ZeusE2 5bBurbage South
GoliathE5 6aBurbage South 
Above & BeyondE4 6bBurbage South
Pebble MillE5 6bBurbage South
Knick Knack PaddywhackE2 6bBurbage South
The KnackE1 5cBurbage South
NosferatuE6 6bBurbage South
SorbE2 5cBurbage South
MoviestarE1 5bBurbage South
Captain SensibleE1 5bBurbage South
The KnockE4 5cBurbage South
Boggart Left-handE3 6aBurbage South
MidgeE2 6aBurbage South
GnatE1 5cBurbage South
The PenultimateE1 5bBurbage North
The FinE1 5bBurbage North
Short Fat BastardE1 5bBurbage North
Long Tall SallyE1 5bBurbage North
The ScreamerE1 5cBurbage North
The Irrepressible UrgeE1 5bBurbage North
The Edging MachineE1 5bBurbage North
Slide AwayE1 5aBurbage North
BulletproofE1 6aBurbage North
The RainmakerE1 5aBurbage North
WindjammerE1 5bBurbage North
King's ReturnE2 5bBurbage North
High FlyerE3 6aBurbage North
The SentinelE2 5cBurbage North
Now or NeverE1 5aBurbage North
Evening WallE1 5bBurbage North
Twilight WallE2 5cBurbage North
All Star's GoalE1 6aBurbage North
Monk OnE1 5bBurbage North
Banana FingerE1 6aBurbage North
Route 3.5E1 6aBurbage North
Mental PeaceE2 5cStanage
Big ChrisE1 5bStanage
Jersey BoysE1 5aStanage
Gulliver's TravelsE1 5bStanage
War ZoneE1 6aStanage
Tip Off RightE2 5cStanage
The TipplerE1 5bStanage
The DanglerE2 5cStanage
The UnprintableE1 5bStanage
Kirkus' CornerE1 5bStanage
Flying Buttress DirectE1 5bStanage
Goodbye ToulouseE1 5bStanage
Little SarahE1 5bStanage
Armchair BuccaneerE1 5bStanage
StraightsvilleE2 5bStanage
Yosemite WallE2 5bStanage
Via DexterE1 5cStanage
Topaz CopoutE1 5bStanage
Well RightE2 5cStanage
TwintrinE1 5cStanage
Easter RibE1 5bStanage
Ice BoatE1 5cStanage
Coconut IceE2 5bStanage
HybridE1 5bStanage
WutheringE2 5bStanage
BobsnobE1 5aStanage
Exit Stage LeftE1 5bStanage
Morrison's RedoubtE1 5bStanage
SalivaE1 5bStanage
Another Game of BowlsE1 5bStanage
The Old DragonE2 5bStanage
Keep PedallingE1 5bStanage
Pedlar's RibE1 5cStanage
Spearing the Bearded ClamE3 5cStanage
5.9 FinishE1 5bStanage
On a Wing and a PrayerE1 5cStanage
Curving ButtressE2 5bStanage
Curving Chimney Left AreteE2 5bStanage
Monday BlueE2 5bStanage
Left UnconquerableE1 5bStanage
NamenlosE1 5aStanage
New Balls PleaseE1 5bStanage
Millsom's MinionE1 5bStanage


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

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