Pete Whittaker: The First All-Free, Rope Solo Ascent of El Cap in a Day


On November 12, 2016, Pete Whittaker became the first person to rope solo El Capitan in under 24 hours, all free. Whittaker climbed El Cap via Freerider (5.12d), finishing in 20 hours and 6 minutes. To put that into perspective, he had to free climb each pitch, rappel it to clean his gear, then ascend the rope back up to the next anchor. In total, the single ascent required Whittaker to free climb El Cap, rappel the length of El Cap, and jug the length of El Cap, all in less than a day.