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23 May, 2023

Pete Whittaker - How to be a climbing expert

This week on the Outside & Active Podcast, Dom is joined by professional climber, Pete Whittaker.

Pete Whittaker

This week on the Outside & Active Podcast Dom is joined by Pete Whittaker

Pete is one of the world’s top big wall solo climbers. He is best known for his expertise in crack climbing, which involves ascending rock formations with long, narrow fissures known as cracks. 

In 2016 he made the first solo-free ascent of El Capitan in under 24hrs and in 2018, he made a sub 24hr solo of both El Capitan and Half Dome.

As a top climber, Pete continually challenges himself both physically and mentally, and is passionate about completing adventurous climbs which haven’t been accomplished by others.

Alongside his achievements in climbing he has also ventured into the YouTube world taking on various challenges and reaching a brand new audience of young climbers.


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