Pete Whittaker recently secured the third ascent of the difficult Stranger than Fiction (8c) crack line in Utah. Connor Herson repeats Beth Rodden's masterpiece Meltdown (8c+) in Yosemite Valley.
Without tape and tear gloves
Pete Whittaker In Stranger than Fiction, he not only had to bring his entire Riss experience into account, but also pack a good portion of pain tolerance into the bargain. Since his large fingers could barely fit into the narrow crack, he decided not to use tape or tear gloves.
Video: Pete Whittaker and Tom Randall in Stranger than Fiction
Stranger than Fiction: 8c, hard
Pete Whittaker is only the second person to repeat Mason Earle's 2015 crack line. At the beginning of November, Lor Sabourin made the second ascent. Given this low frequency, the Brit also commented on the level of difficulty after his climb.
With pure crack lines like this, finger size also plays a crucial role. “Because the spectrum of this route extends to really bad crack sizes, the key points can feel different for everyone,” Whittaker continues.
Connor Herson scores Meltdown
Connor Herson drew attention to himself at a young age with impressive ascents in Yosemite Valley. He often makes short work of the most difficult lines. However, he has to fight hard to climb Beth Rodden's Meltdown.
The Crux bouldering spot felt harder than any boulder he had ever done, says Connor Herson. At Thanksgiving everything came together and the strong American was able to connect the individual passages.
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