Without A Partner

A film about climbing alone
Pete Whittaker on his way to climbing El Capitan, solo, all free, in under 24 hours



Pete Whittaker, Adam Bailes


Adam Bailes, Pete Whittaker


Pete Whittaker, Tom Randall, Andy Kirkpatrick


FiveTen, Wild Country, BMC TV

Running time

27 minutes

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Our Judges say:

El Cap has been climbed many times many ways, but this is the first time it’s been free climbed solo in a day. Join Pete Whittaker en route.

Anna Paxton

Rope Solo Free Climbing is a sport that few people know about and even less people do. 

We join Pete Whittaker, his long time climbing 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 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 
 “The ascent made by Pete on Freerider to me is hopefully the dawn of a new style of big wall solo climbing, big wall solo climbing on El Capitan for many years was just aid climbing. Now Pete has proven that it's possible to do that free climbing, but relatively fast” - Tom Randall A BMC TV film.