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Five Epic Trad Climbing Whippers

Rock climbers taking big falls above trad gear on steep routes from 5.12 to 5.14

You can go your entire rock climbing life without taking a whipper if you’re careful enough, but more times than not you’ll run into a crux where falling is inevitable.

Below are five trad climbing whippers, be sure to follow Whipper for more.

Whipper #1

A climber taking a fall on the classic hard trad route East Coast Fist Bump 5.14a. Read about Brittany Goris’s redpoint here.


Whipper #2

William Moss takes a whipper on his route Best Things in Life Are Free 5.14R – read about the FA here.

Whipper #3

James Mchaffie taking a big fall on an old U.K. project. His sky hooks rip from the rock. Read about his 180 “extreme rock” sends here.


Whipper #4

James Pearson projecting what became Bon Voyage 5.14R – read about the FA here.

Whipper #5

Ontario climber Leslie Gale (Timms) takes a big fall on a R-rated route in New River Gorge. Watch her make the send here.