Pete Whittaker on Freerider (All free, rope solo, IAD)

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NA_Kid

Big Wall climber
The Bear State
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 11, 2016 - 09:07pm PT
Climbing content...

I have no info but heard through the grapevine that this is the first time this has been done.

In a day, all free, rope solo of Freerider on El Cap.

Who has the info?

For sure a radical feat.

Props to that!

http://www.ukclimbing.com/news/item/70794/pete_whittaker_makes_all-free_rope_solo_of_el_cap_in_a_day
NutAgain!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
Nov 11, 2016 - 10:13pm PT
That is pretty hard core. Triple mileage plus the added pressure to not have another person checking your rope management and safety systems when you are tired.
Byran

climber
Half Dome Village
Nov 12, 2016 - 12:35am PT
What'd he belay with? A silent partner?
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Nov 12, 2016 - 02:53am PT
Good question...way impressive regardless.
batguano

climber
Nov 12, 2016 - 03:49am PT
I could be wrong, but I thought Pete onsighted free rider last year?

Heard from a friend of his that he was planning on using a silent partner.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 12, 2016 - 04:00am PT
Mark my words, that boy is going places!
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Nov 12, 2016 - 06:12am PT
https://scontent-atl3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/1933371_232655973749428_5053859463279535843_o.jpg

Isn't this photo of Whittaker on the Salathe? It is Whittaker's Facebook book photo. Pretty shot. WIth the ground in shadow, it looks upside down, as if he were inverting on the offwidth.
Ian Parsons

climber
UK, England
Nov 13, 2016 - 05:48am PT

I don't think it quite looks like anything on the actual Salathé; is it one of the pitches in the final independent section of Freerider up the left side of the Salathé Headwall?
Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Nov 13, 2016 - 08:08am PT
Thanks, Ian. I stand corrected in not catching up with the times, in which major variations are considered separate routes, as they should. As an aside Robbins named the entire South West wall of El Cap, from the nose to the West Buttress, the Salathe Wall. It didn't stick; new routes became Walls. Now they just have names.

Nice looking picture.
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Nov 13, 2016 - 12:15pm PT
Same spot, different perspective:

http://mikeyschaefer.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/2010-06-22-Kate-and-Madaleine-on-FreeRider/G0000zTjsSw9YM7I/I00001YMLxCXObQI

McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Nov 13, 2016 - 01:29pm PT
^^^^^^^^^Wow - that's a shot.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 13, 2016 - 01:38pm PT

Radical... uncompromising... the man's a beast...
i-b-goB

Social climber
Wise Acres
Nov 13, 2016 - 04:12pm PT
Roger here it is turned...

Roger Breedlove

climber
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Nov 13, 2016 - 07:40pm PT
I think the visual impact of these two pictures is very striking. Mikey Schaefer's picture shows the dark, roiling, rock under the climbing and accentuates the steepness of the climb. Even the climber seems to be in desperate straits. The Whittaker picture looks like a 5.7 squeeze chimney on a sea of alpenglow.

I even think that the two climbers are in more-or-less the same position in the crack.



Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 14, 2016 - 06:23am PT
I hear he lost his phone up there.. If someone could send it back to him that would be great!😎

https://www.facebook.com/pete.whittaker.56/posts/1370259489664458
wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bishop
Nov 23, 2017 - 09:28am PT
As for the silent partner: You can watch the video on youtube and pause to see his set-up. He's using it about as minimally as you can. Full on trusting the device. No back up from what I can see knot wise or other. Pretty solid endorsement. It's a hassle to tie and untie knots when climbing something hard. Can't let go mid crux to diddle with stuff.......
WBraun

climber
Nov 23, 2017 - 09:33am PT
He's using it about as minimally as you can. Full on trusting the device. No back up ...

Yes, that's how the real pros do it.

You can't imitate, or you will die.

The gear is just there for psychological benefit.

You can't fall, and if you do then you are at the mercy of providence and your own destiny ......
wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bishop
Nov 23, 2017 - 09:35am PT
[Click to View YouTube Video]
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Nov 23, 2017 - 11:46am PT
Wow, and I was just thinking yesterday, as beautiful as it was, that what Honnold has done will be a curse on El Cap. What Honnold did was amazing but it's a dead end street. There's nothing wrong with gear hanging on a climber. It's every bit as spiritual. Like everyone else though, I can't wait to see Honnold's El Cap Video. How disgusting is that?! LOL.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Nov 23, 2017 - 12:29pm PT
Is he "Big" Jim Whittaker's son?
Either way, way to go, Pete!
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