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Pete Whittaker First to Rope-Solo and Free El Cap in a Day

Strong British climber Pete Whittaker just free-climbed Freerider 5.12d in a day, using rope-solo techniques. He climbed the 37-pitch routes in 20 hours and six minutes. The two previous all-free rope-solo sends were by Jorg Verhoeven in four days and Sephane Perron in seven days, both up Freerider.

Photographer Dustin Moore was on hand to capture the action and wrote after, “So incredibly psyched for Pete Whittaker. He just completed the first in-a-day all free ascent of El Cap via Freerider in 20hrs and 6 minutes.

This shot (below) is of Pete making the infamous ‘hardest move on rock,’ a tricky 5.11c move. Climbing the pitch off of Heart Ledge 3.5 hours after leaving the ground. He started Wednesday at 3:02 pm and finished Thursday at 11:02am. Such a badass!” In August, Whittaker rope-soloed University Wall, the Grand Wall and Freeway in Squamish in an 18-hour push.

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