Rock Climbing

Wide Boyz In Vedauwoo Part Two\Three

Just three pics today, more tomorrow.      

Wide Boyz USA Begins

Two years ago on the Greek island of Kalymnos a fiendish plan was devised. Tom Randall and Pete Whittaker, while happily clipping bolts on a sun kissed sports climbing paradise, decided to climb the worlds hardest wide cracks. These wider fissures are described as offwidth and demand a brutal technique.  If sports climbing is two […]

Pete Whittaker on Melvyn Bragg

Off-width master Pete Whittaker

Wide Boy Pete Whittaker goes both feet first on Melvyn Bragg V8 at Ramshaw Rocks, Peak District National Park

Tom Randall at Burbage South Boulders

Off-width master Tom Randall demonstrating immaculate technique on the gritstone boulders at Burbage South in the Peak District National Park

Inspiration Dedication

Pete Whittaker on the first ascent of ‘Inspiration Dedication’ E7 6c in the Burbage South quarries near Sheffield, England. The landing is appalling and there is no protection until the huge detached flake near the top. [vimeo][/vimeo]

Gobbler’s Roof – The UK’s Hardest Offwidth

Tom Randall Climbing ‘Gobbler’s Roof’ E7 6c at Harbrough Rocks. The UK’s hardest off-width. First ascent by Pete Whittaker. The grade does not truly represent the difficulty of this route. The training for this route required 100,000 sit ups, ten hours of heel/toe deadhanging and one visit to a campus board. Objectively this route is […]

Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall climb new E7 and E8

Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall are well known for their new routes, however in December 2010 they excelled themselves by finding new routes at a neglected crag. Following a tip-off from the new route master himself Gary Gibson, the young apprentices fought their way through a jungle of rhododendrons to discover Rainroach Rock and what might […]

Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall talk about soloing Ray’s Roof

As many people know, the first ascent of Ray’s Roof was done by the visiting American, Ray Jardine. A pioneer of hard, burly cracks in the USA, it was no surprise that he managed to put up a “real fighter” on God’s own rock. Much like many of his rarely repeated US offwidths, he gave […]

Tom Randall Climbs One Infinity 8b+

[vimeo][/vimeo] My cheapo cameras, Adam’s film-making genius and Tom’s outstanding climbing.

Toru Returns

The chatter and the banter have stopped abruptly and the only noise now is the sound of the sea gently washing against the rocks below. The three of us begin to watch silently. We peer through the viewfinders of our digital cameras, using them as filters against the reality that is unfolding before us. A […]

Wild Country Rock Lite Helmet

My  favourite climbing helmet of all time was the original Petzl Meteor. Light, comfy and most importantly it looked super-cool. I ended up giving it to a Ugandan guide in the Rwenzori and ever since I’ve been hankering for a replacement. By default I’ve been using the strangely popular Petzl Elios which has never felt very nice […]

Photographing Toru Nakajima In Cornwall

In May 2010 The British Mountaineering Council broke from years of tradition and held their annual international rock-climbing meet on the granite sea-cliffs of Cornwall. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the event both as a BMC host climber and as a photographer shooting for the Japanese climbing magazine Rock and Snow and UK magazine Climber. Toru Nakajima was returning […]

Wild Country

Wild Country Sponsored climber Pete Whittaker climbing 'Mothers Pride' E6 6b at Millstone, near Sheffield. Copyright Alex Ekins

I am proud to announce that I am now sponsored by climbing equipment manufacturer Wild Country. Over the last year I have been taking photographs of the Wild Country sponsored climbers Pete Whittaker, Tom Randall, Ed Hamer and the recently recruited Japanese wonder-youth Toru Nakajima and we have now agreed upon a ongoing working relationship. Wild Country is […]

Toru Nakajima Crushes The Peak

It’s raining heavily when we arrive at Black Rocks. We set up a top-rope anyway. It’s gritstone; it might dry quickly. Toru abseils and chalks the holds and then I belay him, as he try’s the moves. He’s too short to use his knee and fails on the crux as often as he succeeds. It’s […]