Go go cracks for British climbers Whittaker and Randall
Two weeks in Valle dell’Orco and Val di Mello
11 August 2009
Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall bagged an impressive number of cracks ascents
Both have led Ray's Roof , the short and difficult off-width at Baldstones, and Tom succeeded a 6m. limestone ceiling crack near Bath, Somerset. All Elements, weighing in at Font 8a or V11, is one of the hardest cracks he has climbed.
Last April, both established Gobbler's Roof - an E7 6c at Harborough Rocks, a 2horrible and truly disgusting" 7m horizontal damp offwidth.
In Italy the duo collected lots of cracks: in Val di Mello, the second and third redpoint of Fessura impossibile, E5/6 6c and in Valle dell’Orco Tom Randall got the second repeat of the extreme Greenspit 8b+, one of the hardest of Europe, free climbed by Didier Berthod (second free ascent Nico Favresse)
Both onsighted Orco's hardest offwidth, No so chi mi tenga, E5 6b.
Then they first climbed in trad style
'll Sleep When I'm Dead, E5 6b (onsight)
Gloves of War, E6 6c (roof offwidth) (onsight)
No Rest for the Wicked, E4 5c (2 pitches offwidth) (onsight)
Bugiardo Marrone, HVS 5b
Bloc Party, HVS 5b
Video Greenspit - Fessura impossibile