Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, also known as the “Wide Boyz,” pushed roof crack climbing to the limit last year and established one of the hardest and longest in the world.
They spent four days and three nights climbing roof climb that follows more than 60 pitches below an elevated highway. They graded it 5.13 and said to bring “12 Blues, 10 Golds, goggles and a lot of tape.” They named it The Great Rift.
Watch a recap of the hardest cracks/trad climbs from 2021 below.
Hard Cracks in 2021
January – Brittany Goris climbs East Coast Fist Bump 5.14-
February – Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll climbs The Moonwalk Traverse over seven days
May – Alex Waterhouse climbs The Kraken V13 (F8B)
May – Brittany Goris climbs Salathe Wall 5.13b
June – Empath 5.14+ repeats by Keenan Takehashi, Conner Herson and Ethan Pringle
July – Ryan Sklenica amkes the 14th known ascent of Cobra Crack 5.14b, Stu Smith sent later in the summer
July – Mary Eden (aka TradPrincess) climbs many hard offwidths in Vedauwoo including Spatial Relations 5.13- & flash of 8 Ounces to Freedom
August – There was a crack in the Olympics
October – Jacopo Larcher climbs Blood Diamond 5.14 and Shikantaza 5.13bR/X
November – Wide Boyz climb The Great Rift (5.12 – 5.13 x 60+ pitches)