[Full Film] Without a Partner – Pete Whittaker Rope Solos El Capitan in Under 24 Hours

The full film of Whittaker’s ground-breaking, cutting edge rope-solo, free climb of Freerider on El Capitan

By Two Muppets Productions | April 11th, 2018

In November 2016, Pete Whittaker became the first person to solo—all free —El Capitan in under 24 hours, finishing in 20 hours and 6 minutes. Rope solo free climbing is a discipline that few people know about and even fewer people do. In this film, we hear from Whittaker, his long time climbing partner Tom Randall and big-wall, solo climbing expert Andy Kirkpatrick as they take us through the paces of what it really means to make a rope-solo, free ascent of El Cap.


“The Problem is if Pete pulled it off, nobody would even get it, nobody would understand how hard it was … and to do it in a day, is totally insane.”

—Andy Kirkpatrick

“The ascent made by Pete on Freerider to me is hopefully the dawn of a new style of big-wall solo climbing; big-wall solo climbing on El Capitan for many years was just aid climbing. Now Pete has proven that it’s possible to do that free climbing, but relatively fast.”

—Tom Randall 


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