7/30/14 – Briton’s Pete Whittaker has soloed 150 gristone routes in the Peak District graded E1 or harder—roughly hard 5.9 and up—in one day. Whittaker started at 4 a.m. and visited six crags during the day, climbing routes as hard as E6 6b (about 5.12d/13a).
Although most gritstone routes are single-pitch and often very short, the day still added up to thousands of vertical feet of difficult climbing. Whittaker was inspired by Ron Fawcett’s legendary 100 gritstone extremes in a day in 1986, and by his own big day of 550 routes (of any grade) in 2008 with Tom Randall.
Whittaker became famous in the U.S. as one of the Wide Boyz (the other being Randall) who climbed many of America’s hardest offwidths in 2011, including the first ascent of Century Crack (5.14) in Utah.
This seems to be the summer for endurance solo outings in the U.K.: James McHaffie soloed 100 extremes in England’s Lake District in one day in June.
Date of ascents: July 27, 2014