Earlier this year I travelled to Italy with fellow Rab Professional Tom Randall. Tom was going to climb some of the world’s hardest finger cracks and attempt his then unclimbed project. I went to take photographs and eat pizza.
The Wideboyz film is now available for sale and download on the Hot Aches site – http://www.digitalgoodsstore.com/c/udeRKd/pPjjsd The blurb says it all – The world of offwidth crack climbing is a strange sub-culture rumoured to be dominated by knuckle-dragging, bar-brawling dirt-bags! The climbing is tough, painful and bloody. Two climbers from England, Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall, […]
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/40346006[/vimeo] Crack maestros Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker offer excellent technical crack climbing advice in part 1 of the Wild Country Crack school.
My pic of Pete Whittaker on Century Crack used on the new Wild Country poster.
In 2011 the self styled Wideboyz Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker travelled to America to climb the world’s hardest offwidths. Touring through Wyoming and Utah their exploits culminated in the first ascent of ‘Century Crack’, the world’s hardest offwidth. Here they talk to Richie Patterson of Wild Country about their historic trip. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/34089389[/vimeo] [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/34090376[/vimeo]
What do you do when you have climbed the hardest offwidth in the world and one of the world’s hardest trad routes with pre-placed protection? What’s next? The obvious choice is to return and lead the route again placing all the gear as you go. Start at the beginning, rack up and go. And […]
It’s felt a little quiet the last couple of weeks. The euphoria surrounding the first ascent of ‘Century Crack’ had worn off and the pace of ascents seemed to have slowed. However on reflection plenty has been going on and hard routes have been sent. Under the wise leadership of Rob Pizem we were led […]
You are on a rock climbing tour of America’s hardest offwidths. You arrive in Indian Creek. What is the one route you are going to get on first? The answer is obvious, it has to be ‘Belly Full Of Bad Berries’. First climbed by Brad Jackson and immortalised by Simon Carters photos in Rock and […]
The ramage continues. Our next stop was Zion and after a late start we found our selves under Pamela Shanti Pack’s offwidth ‘Gabriel’. This was until a week ago, and Tom and Pete’s ascent of ‘Century Crack’, considered America’s hardest offwidth. Pete spent a little while practising the moves before quickly sending the route […]
Hiding shyly under the Canyonlands White Rim in Utah is possibly the longest roof crack in the world. Discovered by desert legend Steve ‘Crusher’ Bartlett, while prospecting for desert towers, Crusher returned and aid soloed the line in 2001 and named it ‘Chocolate Starfish’. Next came Stevie Haston, who gallantly attempted to free the enormous […]
We arrived in Moab yesterday and this morning met up with Steve ‘Crusher’ Bartlett, author of the astounding and outstanding book Desert Towers. Crusher is going to be our guide in Canyonlands for the next few days.
Its amazing what two days rest and a shower can do. After moving down to Salt Lake City for a wash and to pick up the RV, a quick visit to Trench Warfare resulted in two flashes, an extension and a solo. Tom kicked off with a smooth flash, looking calm and relaxed throughout. After […]
We had the great privilege this morning of spending a couple of hours drinking coffee with Vedauwoo legend Bob Scarpelli. It’s been a successful couple of weeks at Vedauwoo for Tom and Pete with all of their primary objectives ticked. We now head south to Utah. Vedauwoo said goodbye in fine […]
Spacial Relations, Squat, Wing and a Prayer and Trip Master Monkey had all been ascended. Only one route remained and it was the big one. Lucille. I could sense the apprehension. Tension was building and when the day dawned clear and windless there could be no more excuses. We scrambled up to the base. Tom and Pete […]
We have been in Vedauwoo just over a week now. We have settled into a routine of getting up when the sun hits the tent, shivering through breakfast and then going climbing (or spending two hours lost in some Aspen woodland). At the bottom of the route Tom and Pete undergo their hand taping rituals […]