Pete Whittaker

Rock Climbing Ambassador


Sheffield, England


Sheffield, England

Patagonia Rock Climbing Ambassador Pete Whittaker
At age six, Pete started following his mom on climbs in the Peaks and Lakes Districts, Wales. With the British Competition Climbing Team he entered climbing competitions then transitioned to traditional climbs. He progressed quickly, from E3 5c to the first ascent of an E9 7a within a year. Drawn to the outrageous, he recently climbed the first ascent of Century Crack, a 120-foot horizontal offwidth.

Career Highlights

  • First ascent of Century Crack (5.14b), Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  • First ascent of Dynamics of Change (E9 7a), Burbage South, Peak District, England
  • First ascent of Pieces of Eight, (E8 7a), Rainroach Rock, Churnet Valley, Staffordshire, England
  • First ascent of Loose Control (E8 7a), Kinder Downfall, Peak District, England
  • First ascent of Witness the Wilderness (E7 6c) onsight, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  • Third ascent of Army of Darkness (5.13d), Canyonlands National Park, Utah
  • Ascent of Greenspit (8b), Valle dell’Orco, Italy
  • Second ascent of Gabriel (5.13b), Zion National Park, Utah
  • Second ascent of The Price of Evil (5.13b), Indian Creek Canyon, Utah
  • Holds the record for most outdoor routes climbed in a day (550!)
  • Third person to complete 1000-plus routes on Stanage, South Yorkshire, England
  • Traversed the length of Stanage (4 miles), South Yorkshire, England
  • First ascent of Baron Greenback (E9/10 7a), Wimberry Rocks, Chew Valley, England
  • Ascent of Belly Full of Bad Berries (5.13a/b) Indian Creek, Utah, on his first try