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Pete Whittaker Sends New 5.13 Trad in Norway

It climbs the left edge of the famous Profile Wall where Recovery Drink 5.14 is found

Pete Whittaker has made the first ascent of a 5.13- trad route on the famous Profile Wall in Norway. Last year, he completed his project of sending every route on the wall.

The most famous route on Profile Wall is Recovery Drink 5.14+, which Whittaker sent a few years ago. In 2019, he flashed Ronny Medelsvensson 5.13d, which was first climbed by Erik Massih and Crister Jansson in 2014, and has been repeated by Tom Randall, Joakim Louis Sæther and Mari Augusta Salvesen.

The Profile Wall, or Profilveggen, is a big overhanging granite wall up to 120 metres high full of cracks. Many of the lines are currently aid, but Leo Houlding and Neil Gresham’s 1998 Fire Fox 5.12+, and Daniel Jung’s Flying Vikings 5.13d are classics. Nicolas Favresse’s 2013 splitter Recovery Drink (watch below), which has only been climbed a few times.

In 2020, Whittaker free-soloed The Renshaw/Foulkes on the Kjerag formation in Rogaland, Norway. He climbed 800 meters and through several 5.10c crux pitches in two hours and 25 minutes. In 2016, Whittaker became the first person to rope-solo El Cap in under 24 hours, while free climbing every pitch. He led, cleaned, and then jugged all 35 pitches of Freerider 5.12d in just over 20 hours.

Recovery Drink