Leading ‘Big Wall’ Climber Pete Whittaker comes to Horsham
Pete Whittaker is one of the world’s top big wall solo climbers, having made the first solo-free ascent (in 2016) of Yosemite’s notorious 3000ft El Capitan in under 24 hours and the first solo-free ascent of Mt Watkins (2000ft) in just 15 hours (2017). In 2018, Pete followed these significant achievements by completing a sub-24 hour solo of both El Capitan and the 5000ft Half Dome. Pete now brings the stories of his many remarkable feats to audiences across the country in a brand new ‘audience with…’ style stage show, Solo & Free, coming to The Capitol on Monday 9 March, presented by Speakers from the Edge in association with Wild Country.
In Solo & Free, Pete takes audiences on a journey, from the sub-culture of crack climbing and astronomical lactate pumping athletic feats, to speed solos of the world’s biggest cliffs. Driven by the physical and mental challenges and suffering, Pete looks to find that mythical point between the possible and impossible, by climbing not just one, but multiple big walls alone in under 24-hours.
Little over a decade ago, Pete’s drive and motivation led him to set a body breaking goal, a tried but unaccomplished rock climb deep in the American desert. He trained alongside his long-term climbing partner, with just two photographs serving as information about the climb! After two years, they succeeded in making their first ascent of what is now considered as the world’s hardest off-width climb (off-width referring to the size of cracks in the wall, where they’re too wide for jamming a hand in, but too narrow to fit an entire body in).
Join Pete at The Capitol, Horsham on Monday 9 March at 7.30pm.
Tickets: Available online: www.thecapitolhorsham.com or via The Capitol Box Office: 01403 750220.