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Without a partner: Pete Whittaker rope solos El Capitan in under 24 hours

Author(s): British Mountaineering Council
Video Release Date: April 11, 2018
Video Source: YouTube

In November 2016, Pete Whittaker became the first person to solo – all free – El Capitan in under 24 hours, finishing in 20 hours and 6 minutes. Rope Solo Free climbing is a sport that few people know about and even fewer people do. We hear from Pete Whittaker, his long time climbing partner Tom Randall and Big wall solo climbing expert Andy Kirkpatrick as they take us through the paces of what it really means to make a rope-solo-free ascent of El Cap.

“The Problem is if Pete pulled it off, nobody would even get it, nobody would understand how hard it was”… “and to do it in a day, is totally insane” – Andy Kirkpatrick

“The ascent made by Pete on Freerider to me is hopefully the dawn of a new style of big wall solo climbing, big wall solo climbing on El Capitan for many years was just aid climbing. Now Pete has proven that it’s possible to do that free climbing, but relatively fast” – Tom Randall EpicTV Climbing Daily interviews Pete about his ascent: https://youtu.be/52tHkT-dri8

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