In November 2016, Pete Whittaker became the first person to rope solo—all free—El Capitan in under 24 hours, finishing in 20 hours and 6 minutes. Climbing via Freerider, he had to free climb each pitch, rappel it to clean his gear, then ascend the rope back up to the next anchor. He essentially free climbed El Cap, rappelled the length of El Cap, and jugged the length of El Cap, all in less than a day. In this film, we hear from Whittaker, his long-time 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